Walter Van Beirendonck unveiled the SS23 show in Paris. The show begins with a series of black ghosts that dramatically unveiled this season’s looks. Titled ‘WIRWAR,’ the show’s name translated from Dutch means a mixture, confusion, or garbled.
Van Beirendonck showed a fantastical collection with quintessential youth references and otherworldly shapes, prints, and designs from his lexicon. The ruffle becomes a uniting feature for this season. Trench coats, bomber jackets, and shirting take on new forms with the tongue-in-cheek Victorian treatments.
The last looks of the show illustrate what Van Beirendonck does best: fantastical maximalist imagination. A burst of color, wild prints, and a shirt that boldly reads: ‘Peace.’ Van Beirendonck has long championed his collections on themes of love and often imbues his collections with political motifs. For example, take his Fall 2020 collection titled, ‘WAR: Walter: About Rights.’ In the collection, messaging is boldly displayed on sculptural silhouettes. This collection continues his powerful messaging in overtly poetic gestures.
Explore the full Walter Van Beirendonck SS23 collection below.