CELEBRATION OF FETISH AT WALTER VAN BEIRENDONCK
By Crash redaction
The Walter Van Beirendonck show started with a bang in the form of a black leather poncho with pig ears and glory-hole-looking cut-outs on the mouth, the nipples and the crotch. The tone was set, this show was most certainly about fetish culture. On a sweater are printed the words “Worlds of Sun and Moon”, the initials of S&M. From the tight-fitting transparent mesh tops to the homo-erotic print leggings, nothing was left to the imagination. It was also about the image of the pig, which was seen in prints, logos and shapes. With the “balancetonporc” hashtag and recent sexual assaults accusations having shaken the world, it was most likely an homage to those events. Then again, it could have nothing to do with that and just be one of Van Beirendonck’s fantasies.
As the looks went by, one couldn’t help to feel a certain strange discomfort seeing the models parading in thigh high rubber boots, leather aprons and plastic gloves. The image of a technicolor butcher springs to mind. Clashing patterns, neon colors and shiny fabrics, the designer’s legendary crazy mind was full-fledged.
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Written by Alice Butterlin.