May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Paris: Having recently won the coveted Woolmark Prize, Belgian designer Christian Wijnants is one of Paris Fashion Week’s most promising new talents. Appropriately, his fall collection was based on knits, of both the fully-fashioned and cut-and-sew varieties. Elasticized drawstring waistbands, zip closures, and heather grey jersey implied an activewear inspiration, while coats with drop-waisted self-belts had a Japanese feel. Wijnants used outsized proportions and prints to make the relatively simple pieces stand out. Sweaters featured extra-wide, rounded sleeves, and cardigans often extended to mid-calf. Motifs included both humble tie-dyed varieties and techy, overlapping digital prints. The designer pieced together disparate texture patterns with solid panels for his final passage. In all, the offering was strong and proved Wijnants is one to watch. –Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: Oversized / Slouchy / Long layers / Rounded / Long over short
Color: Ivory / Concrete grey / Taupe / Mustard yellow / Black / Emerald / Cinnamon / Burnt orange / Charcoal / Heather grey / Optic white
Key Items: Oversized cardigans / Drawstring-waist shorts / Chunky funnel-neck sweaters / Pieced dresses / Kimono-inspired robes
Materials: Chunky yarns / Fine-gauge jersey / Sweatshirt jersey / Felted wool / Cloqué / Textural tweed / Chiffon / Wool crepe / Fluid silks
Print + Pattern: Tie-dye / Texture motifs / Superimposed digital images
Details + Trim: Large rounded sleeves / Funnel necks / Self-belts / Elastic waists / Drawstrings / Fringe trim / Pleated trim / Piecing / Asymmetrical hemlines / Attached capes
Accessories + Footwear: Lace-up ankle boots / Peep-toe lace-up ankle boots
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