Saturday, 22 January 2011

WALTER VAN BEIRENDONCK- 'Dream the world to wake'

Having suffered lately from a design block, seeing Walter Van Beirendonck’s AW11 collection has given me the needed inspiration. The collection portrays many of the concepts that I’m looking to show in my own graduate collection. It shows the essence of modern menswear; the soft tailoring gives a classic menswear look, but the printed panels and patches give them a new creative flare. He has taken an interesting twist on the tailoring look by having the sides and sleeves open and creating poncho-like garments with jackets. The collection also shows perfectly that bold colours and prints if used correctly can make amazing garments that are wearable too. This is something I feel is very important when using prints in menswear, you can push boundaries and try new things, but when it comes down to it I want someone to want to wear it and not just think its great to look at.
In an interview with Dazed Digital he explains that his inspiration was all about a ‘new kind of shamanism’ and looking into the ‘spiritual world’. The key statements he wanted to incorporate into the collection were, 'Something big is coming' and 'Dream the world to wake'. These words were taken from the essay by Tim Blanks featured in AnOther Man.  The essay was about the Maya dates and how our lives are going in a new direction.
This collection relates to the ideas I’ve been looking at in the Futurists Manifesto. They were looking to create a new menswear look that matched the direction that they felt society should be moving towards. The futurists wanted to make garments that were moving works of art and Beirendonck has created a collection that does just this!

Ponch Jackets show a really interesting silhouette

there is definitely a growing trend in using colour blocks and gradients as seen in my SS11 collection

These show how knitwear can be used to show the prints as well as giving texture to the collection

Embroidered patches and  'hand on heart' detailing give essential design flourishes
Images courtesy of Dazed Digital

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