Christian Wijnants Ready To Wear Fall Winter 2013 Paris
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Antwerp-based, Belgian designer Christian Wijnants is back on track: after a first Parisian off-presentation in 2010, Wijnants was able to demonstrate that his fashion is runway-worthy, by featuring his new autumn-winter 2013/14 collection on the official Paris womenswear schedule.

“This collection was inspired by my Swiss roots,” said Wijnants, who has just been awarded the Woolmark Prize in London, that granted him budget for his further collections to come. The snow covered mountain landscapes and the pastoral atmosphere of the countryside was expressed through the use of natural fabrics and warm knits.

Needless to say, Wijnants is now a legitimate knitwear expert and explored his skills by sculpting chunky woven pieces for his new autumnal collection. Movement and curvy shapes were the main elements that shaped his cozy cocoon coats and loose fitted waistcoats, next to distorted graphic prints set in patchwork on ample silky tank-top dresses, that added some fluidity to his heavy wools.

The casual mood of his sporty jumpsuits and loose-fit dresses was highlighted by eye-popping hues, such as coral red, chartreuse green and tangerine orange, that created geometrical color motives on hand-dyed knits.

“I did a lot of research on tie-dye techniques. This was a rather difficult exercise, as the knits were heavy yet very fragile, explained Wijnants, who also added a soft edge to his collection through hand-shredded silks. What is there more to say? This new runway attempt was promising and we can't wait for more to come.

- Elisabeta Tudor

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