Feb 24, 2017 | By Lizzy Bowring
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Paris: Since launching his own label in 2003 Wijnants has won countless awards, including the International Woolmark Prize in 2013, but what is more impressive is his label is sold in over 100 boutiques and department stores worldwide. Inspired by the work of Irish photographer Jackie Nickerson’s Farm series he opened with abstract banana leaf motif monochromes printed, bonded and flocked onto fabrics. Print and texture were central to his collection of mohair kit shorts, tank tops, crisp graphic silhouettes that explored fabric techniques, then led to feather like appliques, blanket wraps and distorted plaids to ginghams – the ideas were endless – draped blanket coats, cord-tied skirts, billowing windcheaters, preppy skirts that sat on the knee and polo necks. This collection hit its stride when he was experimenting with patchwork, stitch and a topography of textures that made it innovative yet intuitively commercial – a plus for his clients and all his stockists. – Camilla Morton
Theme: Future Textiles of Jackie Nickerson’s Farm.
Key Item: Knit / Blanket coats Blanket skirts / Cord-tied skirts / Mohair knit shorts / Tank tops
Colour: Black / White / Red / Green / Yellow / Khaki / Blue / Ice blue
Materials and Trims: Flocked wool / Knitwear / Matted wool / Applique / Patent boots / Leather / Blanket embedded with Swarovski crystal glint
Print and Pattern: Abstract floral / Block abstracted into print / Check / Plaid / Feather like organdie embroide
Accessories and Footwear: Knee high patent boots / Ankle boots with block heel
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