Walter Van Beirendonck Asks For Love Over War

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Published January 22, 2010

 

Kanyé West is a fashion trooper: who else would wear  studded black leather loafers without socks in the middle of winter? This seemed especially true in the chilly garage where Walter Van Beirendonck had his show. The playful Belgian always makes everything  seem soft and cuddly, and for this collection it looked like he thought a lot about Toy Story. That meant aviator jumpsuits in bright crayon colors cinched with pocket belts in puff letters spelling “F-I-R-E”; Fair Isle sweaters over-patterned with childish stencils of tanks and machine guns,  and coloring book war graphics for tunics. For the finale, WVB had men in lamé jackets and tights—what is it with these tights?—wearing white boned corsets  pierced  by missles and machine guns; a clear call to make love, not war.

SEE ALL OF INTERVIEW’S FALL/WINTER 2010 MENS COVERAGE FROM PARIS