Christian Wijnants SS2016 Collection

Christian Wijnants SS2016 Collection drawing from the linear heritage of modernist architecture and the plastic arts imagines an effortless and featherweight for the collection built on flyaway lines and frayed, translucent textures with a vertical purity.

A bleached palette of whitewashed cream, ivory, and ecru tones is shot through with hothouse flower shades of marigold, cerulean, mango, and flamingo pink.

In a nod to the erotic sculptures of Constantin Brancusi’s ‘Birds in Space’ series, the collection’s linear silhouette is declined in arching swatches of raw-edged silk organza and georgette that tumble down spaghetti strap sundresses and layered skirts.

Shift dresses in elegant, deconstructed shapes are tacked with peeling layers of collaged textiles: jacquards flecked with jacquard polka dots and fine pinstriped silk, or spiralling bands of printed fil coupé.

A Swarovski crystal stripe injects a frisson of movement into camisole tops and tailored shorts, just as Wijnants’ signature culottes return tied with a ribbon waist. Intarsia knit separates intonal jacquards feature a graphic stone print, whilst a transparent nylon thread produces a sheer, celluloid effect. The season’s wrapped elastic sandal sits on a wooden block heel, exemplifying the textural harmony that accentuates the collection’s sense of unfinished beauty and irreverent romance.

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