A child’s outlook can be the most inspiring - imaginative and spirited, not yet touched by the world. As memories have served as the thread connecting Christian Wijnants’ most recent collections, Winter 2021 Menswear was no different as he narrowed in on his adolescent years, revisiting them with a whole new outlook.
The patterns tell this story, playful and graphic, referencing stripes that Christian remembers from his father’s ties, reimagined in various ways; exaggerated and manipulated, seen as a magnified stripe on a two-tone turtleneck and patterned for a checkered trench coat. The knitwear introduced Mohair pieces, a first time for the brand, along with jacquard jumpers that reference Pointillism, the use of the Mouliné knit technique in chunky separates, and the Ottoman Knit, a twist on a traditional rib pattern that is instead horizontal. The color palette varies from deep tones of bordeaux, dark navy and forest, to icier brights, amethyst, sky, and teal.
The collection finds a balance between leisure and sophistication, ease and tailored, exploring the growth through those prominent years of childhood learning. It is curated and thoughtful, offering a narrow selection of silhouettes, produced in a variety of patterns and fabrics, each taking on their own identity. The same classic shirt is produced in both silk and viscose and trench coat in cotton and checkered virgin wool.
Model Erik van Gils the BAND Management
Photography Jorre Janssens
Hair and Makeup Sanne Schoofs
Location CC Westrand, Dilbeek