Walter Van Beirendonck Fall 2012 Menswear Collection

Posted on January 26, 2012

What’s with the sinister feel running through so many of the menswear collections this season? And what’s with the tendency to liken masculinity to serial killers? Creepy. It’s like everyone’s collectively working out some issues at the same time. Still, while this collection came complete with slasher flick masks, the clothes were actually bright and a little on the joyful side. The juxtaposition of those two extremes, along with the title for the show, “Lust Never Sleeps,” evokes themes of sexual fetishes and hungers masked by outer forms. It’s conceptually interesting but the overall effect’s just a bit much.

[Photo Credit: nowfashion.com, vogue.it]

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    • Anonymous

      Well… the models didn’t need a lot of makeup.
      Why do I get the idea that the orange waders in the second row are for cleaning up…. gulp… a MURDER scene??

      • Anonymous

        Oompa Loompas.

      • Greg Yoder

        I actually kind of love those orange waders.  I bet if you take away the mask they’d look pretty good on the right guy.  Same with the thigh-high boots in the picture right next to them.

        • http://profiles.google.com/valencia.lucia87 Lucía Valencia

          I would really like to know who is this “right guy”. I admire your openmindness.

          • Anonymous

            Right guy = someone going to a party near a swamp?  They’re just a hair off hunter-safety-orange, too. 

            • http://profiles.google.com/valencia.lucia87 Lucía Valencia

              Maybe to an oil spill cleaning birthday bash?

            • Anonymous

              Maybe it’s for the fashion-conscious offspring of big time hunting and fishing families.  When they come home to visit from NYC or LA or wherever they’ve run off to, they can bring these waders and fit in both worlds.

      • Anonymous

        They read “Super Mario Brothers” to me.

      • Anonymous

        I was thinking more of a two-in-one hunting/fishing outfit.  Waders to keep you dry in the creek, eye-searing orange so your fellow hunters will see you.

        Whatever it is, this collection is hideous!

      • http://www.facebook.com/lenoradody Lenora Dody

        That’s exactly what I was thinking; actually they look like what he’d wear so he wouldn’t get blood splatter on his clothes. I guess I’ve been watching too much true crime.

    • Anonymous

      No.

    • P M

      No, no , TLo, those aren’t serial killers. Those are what our alien overlords, who will beam down in 2012 (oh, bizarro side of internet, I love you :D), look like!
      Altho I haven’t an explanation for how high menswear designers know what they look like :P

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cortney-Dean/100002491593625 Cortney Dean

      That is some creeptastic stuff there. Yikes.

    • Stephen Bornstein

      Color-blocking to the extreme…lust nevr sleeps because of this nightmareish collection.

    • Anonymous

      I thought I’d seen it all with Thom Browne. But this is worse.
      Stupid sheep.

    • http://www.twitter.com/allforusophia AllForUSophia

      Love the clothes! The overall look/styling is a bit distracting though. Feels like it’s taking the attention away from the clothes, when it really shouldn’t, ’cause they’re simply gorgeous! So fun and playful and bold! Bravo!

    • Anonymous

      Oh good lord, these are horrible. There is a distinct, serial-killer, Leatherface-meets-Hannibal-Lecter-meets-Alex-DeLarge vibe here. 

      • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

        With a side of colonialism.

        • Anonymous

          Yes, it’s all vaguely “tribal” gimp masks. Which… would actually make a great commentary on the Victorian era.

          • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

            The bottom middle cape/trilby/mask look is a bit blaxploitation too.

            • http://twitter.com/rgmx Mercy

              Black models in white flesh toned masks, gloves and waders.  Combined with the tribal/colonial + serial killer overtones, the concept generates some sort of awful implications.

            • Anonymous

              I hadn’t noticed initially, but the fact that every single model is black and you can hardly see it seems like it can’t be saying anything good. (Which sucks, because I would love to see more black models on the runway, always.)

            • Lori

              Putting one of them in a sweater and mask that vaguely resembles a sock monkey is also not really saying anything good. 

            • Anonymous

              A lot of the outfits + masks + models have a Bamboozled vibe, but I really hope it wasn’t intentional.  Like, maybe the casting director didn’t know about the masks…

      • Anonymous

        I can’t read serial-killer, in regards to fashion, and a point-of-view, without thinking of Jerry Tam, and his output & auf from e1 of s5 of PR.  Jerry Tam was a visionary, or at least onto something.

      • Anonymous

        I was thinking that Hannibal Lecter and Pee Wee Herman joined forces for a line.

    • Anonymous

      There was a mixup at the door.  What you are actually seeing is costume proofs for Saw XXVII.

      • Anonymous

        Suddenly the orange waders seem that much more .. icky.  (But LMAO at the comment.)

      • Anonymous

        Suddenly the orange waders seem that much more .. icky.  (Nearly did a spit take at the comment – thanks)

      • Anonymous

        OMG that’s brilliant and the only context in which this show  makes sense!

    • http://eclectictsunami.blogspot.com/ Cassie

      No. I love creepy things, but…no. This is just too unsettling.

    • Anonymous

      This is upsetting. My favorite part of menswear collections is usually the faces of the models!

    • Anonymous

      I’ve got news for Walter:  Lust DEFINITELY sleeps–female lust, in any event, when confronted with those incredibly creepy masks.  I can’t even see the clothes.  I just want to look away.  UGH!

      What the hell is going on in menswear this season????

      • Anonymous

        Lust + Implied Violence = We still need to take back the night, now also from runways.

    • Anonymous

      It’s like an Hergé version of Hannibal Lecter. Tin Tin and the Psychopath

      • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

        Yes! That is exactly it!

    • Anonymous

      plain stupid and unwearable..

    • Stefanos Mantyla

      Better and more interesting than that other one.

      • Anonymous

        Actually I was going to say the opposite. Even tho’ at least there is color here, the collection from yesterday, IMO, was classier and more likely to be worn (perhaps in pieces) that this strange melange. Perhaps I  will continue to enjoy being a girl if these two collections are examples of what the men are wearing.

      • Anonymous

        Actually I was going to say the opposite. Even tho’ at least there is color here, the collection from yesterday, IMO, was classier and more likely to be worn (perhaps in pieces) that this strange melange. Perhaps I  will continue to enjoy being a girl if these two collections are examples of what the men are wearing.

      • Anonymous

        Actually I was going to say the opposite. Even tho’ at least there is
        color here, the collection from yesterday, IMO, was classier and more
        likely to be worn (perhaps in pieces) that this strange melange. Perhaps
        I  will continue to enjoy being a girl if these two collections are
        examples of what the men are wearing.

    • http://tigergray.blogspot.com/ Tiger Gray

      I’m going to ignore how unsettling I find the styling and say that I would cut someone for that pink sweater. 

    • Anonymous

      Idiotic. The waders are just stupid. I do like the colorful shoes, though.

      • Anonymous

        Those waders would scare the fish too!

    • Anonymous

      Is this Walt’s Wild & Lethal Trash line? 

      Beirendonck has been doing cray-cray shows since his student days. The best one ever had the models in opaque hoods and they just fell off the end of the runway (onto a plush mattress, I’m told.) 

      Even without the hoods, the clothes are a bit too “look at me” for my tastes, but maybe Brad Goreski could rock them.

      • Anonymous

        Your post made me Google him, and you are right about the ongoing cray-cray!

        Have a look: https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1AFAB_enUS464US465&q=beirendonck&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=ztYhT6HfOeapiALDxdzMBw&biw=1280&bih=673&sei=7NYhT5OAEeLJiQLT6q2oBw

      • W A

        I think he discontinued his WALT line in the mid-90s. One of my best eBay finds was a sweater from that collection. It has a giant felt penis on it with the words “True Romance”. A true creative force.

    • http://twitter.com/herong Heron

      AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH.

      AAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH.

    • http://twitter.com/TheScottFinley Scott Finley

      COLOR!  It’s soooo nice to see menswear A/W collections wtih a lot of color! I’m always disappointed that most designers who, if they do a menswear, collection, they usually limit it to black, grey, navy and white. If they’re feeling aesthetically generous we might also get a red or a burgundy in the mix.  These, though, are refreshing.  Kind of how I found this past season’s Burberry collection (I bought the magenta fairisle sweater and it’s a nice statement piece). I’m all for color in menswear, and I say more more more!  As for the Gottfried Helnwein-esque stying…..hey, it’s entertaining, but it doesn’t give me a boner.

    • Anonymous

      Those masks look like they were purchased by the dozen from the remaining costumes of the Friday the 13th franchise.  Didn’t Jason wear this kind of mask.  

    • Anonymous

      More serial killer designs. Some of those guys are just targets aren’t they. At least from the neck down the clothes aren’t as scary.

    • http://iamthelizardqueen.wordpress.com Lizzie

      Hoo-kay, then.  This collection actually gave me the chills, and not in an “oh wow, that’s amazing!” way.  Rather more like in a “oh god, the killer’s right behind me, isn’t he?” way.

    • Anonymous

      I’m liking it.  It’s fun and the clothes are fantastic. Although that guy wearing pink looks like Lurch…other than that I think this was a great collection

    • Anonymous

      A Clockwork Orange re-invisioned by Slipknot.  Suddenly high heels don’t seem so oppressive.

    • Anonymous

      Now I feel growing a mustache and waxing it.

      • Anonymous

        Exactly what I envisioned with the masks!
        Twirl that mustache!

      • Anonymous

        Be careful that you don’t put someone’s eye out!  =)

    • Anonymous

      Ugh. It’s just trying too hard to be creepy, no? I do think that orange sweater is great though.

    • Anonymous

      This is a collection of villain costumes for the Adam West Batman.

    • Greg Yoder

      Overall, I’m getting a Clockwork Orange vibe here.  Most of it doesn’t translate to the real world very well, but I still think it’s pretty cool to look at.  It would have been cooler minus the mask and plus some smiles.

    • Anonymous

      A vonny grahzny orange in his gigantic rookers.

    • Anonymous

      One was odd, two was really odd, three is disturbing. I know fashion moves in fads, but this is a really weird fad. It’s also strange because although fashion moves in fads, I feel like it usually tries hard to avoid being too OBVIOUS about the fad: everyone wants to be seen as speaking to the zeitgeist but doing it in their own way. Three different shows with creepy mask-stuff is just all too SAME; for me, the accessories overwhelm the differences in the clothes.

    • suzq

      I’m getting more of an Anonymous feel to it.  Occupy the Runway! 

      I like the sweaters and the play of patterns, but I get the feeling that the whole thing was spray painted and cobbled together.

    • Jasmine Moten

      The one time they actually have all models of color, they cover them up and make them look like murderers.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, ick. They look like Model Muggers.

    • Anonymous

      Ew. Creepy and weird, but I dig those red plaid pants.

    • AMartel

      Attention fashion hounds:  In 2012 contempt will be all the rage, not just for the fashion consumer but for all of humanity.
      So we got that going for us.

    • Anonymous

      If you got rid of the masks, I’d say this is my favorite collection in a long time.  The purple (leather?) shirt with the circle and bow tie, plus the one underneath it in hot pink, plus the gloves.  Excellent!

    • Anonymous

      I’m getting more of a tribal vibe from the masks (well, tribal Clockwork Orange, when combined with the bowler).

      Many of these pieces are fun, and I can see how some of them could work off the runway.

      Except for couture Super Mario in the second row.

      • Anonymous

        “couture Super Mario”

        I could see an entire collection.

    • Anonymous

      Creepy as all fuck. I can’t even focus on the clothes because the masks are weirding me out, and I like me some kink, so…no.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      You know what?  I can’t even pretend to understand what we’re meant to take away from this collection.  Congrats,
      Walter Van Beirendonck – you’re just too sophisticated for me.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

      Those sweaters are looking at me funny.

    • Sara__B

      The masks and weapon canes are creepy, but that’s just the styling. A lot of the individual pieces are wearable, by the right guys, and I like all that color and the fit of the slacks. It would be a fun collection — if it weren’t for those masks and the show title.

    • Anonymous

      Somewhere, Wes Craven just got an erection.

    • Anonymous

      If it weren’t for those fucked up masks, I’d totally say the clothes look fun. But as it is, STOP IT.

    • Anonymous

      Clown clothes….

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Angelica-Smith-Mertens/150401222 Angelica Smith Mertens

      ick. That is all.

    • Anonymous

      Hellraiser marathon in fashion designer land?

    • Anonymous

      Maybe it’s because I’m tired and I’ve had the longest day ever and so am utterly unable to concentrate, but I totally missed the clothes because of those masks. Not the most effective styling, unless they were ashamed of the collection and wanted to deflect attention from it or something.

    • http://wineandwhiskeygirl.blogspot.com Amanda Semrick

      Well.

      I *was* going to sleep tonight…

    • MilaXX

      It feel like everything is influenced by American Horror Story. Shame because unlike Thom Brown’s crazy collection this one is fairly interesting but the face masks are a turn off.

    • Anonymous

      as far as serial killer attire goes, i’ll take Dexter in his henley kill shirt over this stuff any day……

    • Anonymous

      Serial killer chic.  Meh.  Are those thigh high boots? Is that a butcher’s apron/waders?

      Seriously though, third row middle I would totally rock those pants and that sweater (the green too)  – just not together.  In fact, Im going to wear my grey/blue plaid pants tomorrow.

      This a case of the styling overshadowing the clothes.  There’s some really cute and wearable pieces once you get past the creep out factor of the masks.

      And speaking of styling, I hope you guys cover Jean Paul Gaultier’s Amy Winehouse inspired couture collection. It’s kind of fun.

    • voter1

      Hannibal Lechter Line???

    • Lisa

      Beyond creepy.  I can’t even concentrate on the clothes, the masks are freaking me out so much! 

    • Anonymous

      I don’t do enough drugs to understand these recent mens collections…

    • Anonymous

      can’t.handle.the.creepiness…

      Who was that guy who was aufed on the first episode a couple of seasons ago? He made his model look like a serial killer? some of these outfits evoke that…and not in a good way. how could they?

    • http://twitter.com/nnetochka NnetochkA

      BANE! 

    • Anonymous

      Worst. Menswear. Trend. Ever. 

      If I ever see a man walking down the street looking like this I’m running away in the other direction fast!

    • Anonymous

      Are tartan pants back in? Haven’t worn them since 1985 from memory but I’m totally ready to again.

      Some fun pieces here and there. The suits don’t work but clearly everyone is trying to reinvent it so someone will nail it at some point.

      Who is making these styling decisions? Issues…

    • Anonymous

      Lust sleeps, it doesn’t always snuggle afterwards, but it definitely sleeps.

    • spooki C

      I LOL’d until i got to the one with the orange overalls, gave me Zeke the Plumber vibes and I almost closed my browser.

      Screw you Camp Anawanna for traumatizing a whole generation.

    • http://twitter.com/lenabena_ Elena

      Nightmare-inducing.

    • Anonymous

      This is sooo stupid it actually makes me a bit mad.  Hate the whole crappy package.

    • Anonymous

      I want the sweater in the preview picture.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001146574135 Katharine Margaret

      These gentlemen are going to catwalk right into my nightmares tonight. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarah-Adams/1143985903 Sarah Adams

      Wow. I’m not liking where this is going. A Belgian designer puts dark skinned models in masks that crudely reference African tribal masks/the bone through the nose image, combined with (tribalish) fetish necklaces crossed with (sexual) fetish gear, with a little voodoo reference in the Baron Samaday hat and cane, and some pimp daddy vibe thrown in for good measure. Yup. We’ve got every “black” culture cliche here except the hip hop chains. Oh AND, it’s playing on the “black men are inherently frightening/aggressively sexual” stereotype. No racism here, folks. No siree.

      Oh, and do you see the blackface?!! If you don’t see it, squint at the outlines on the sweaters. You’ll see it then. 

      • Anonymous

        Holy fuck!  You’re totally on to something.  I truly didn’t pick up on that at all – and I’m man of color. Not to mention the collection is titled Lust Never Sleeps.  That reference in context with your response needs no further explanation.

        Bonus points with multi-colored candied sprinkles on top for the Baron Zamedi reference.  Either we’re both around the same age or we share a love of blaxploitation fims.

        And even though I see more of a tribal mask than blackface, I’ll still cut a bitch for that red or green sweater.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarah-Adams/1143985903 Sarah Adams

          I hear you about the sweaters. In a different context they could be genuinely playful and very flattering. 

      • http://twitter.com/rgmx Mercy

        YES… exactly!!  I’m seeing a variation of blackface in the plaid overlay on the flash toned masks as well.  Unpleasant on so many levels.

    • Anonymous

      Yikes. This is like a walking nightmare.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, that’s over the top creepy.

    • Anonymous

      Eww. Gross.  Enough.

    • Anonymous

      Interesting that all the models appear to be dark skinned, but many have white flesh-colored gloves/ masks on. Wonder what the meaning of that is supposed to be.

    • Anonymous

      This is the stupidest fucking thing I have seen in a month.  

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B53PQYXSJR4YJBV3J6BWYSICRQ Jamie

      disturbing

    • Anonymous

      all the good looking male models died in a plague? These clothes are dumb and the masks are just ridiculous.

    • Anonymous

      jason at the circus on one HELL of an acid trip.

    • http://twitter.com/rgmx Mercy

      Oooh this is exciting… they finally used all black male models at a major show.  Oops, that’s because they’re depicting serial killers.  Wonderful.

    • http://twitter.com/moodring54 Rachel

      It’s some bizarre crossover between Bob the Builder and Jason Vorhees and I think I like it?

    • Melvis Velour

      Excuse me but who the hell would wear this stuff?  The clothes were bad enough let alone with the creep factor of the masks….

    • Anonymous

      I like the modern twist on the suit with the circle of contrasting color! I don’t know who could pull it off… but it’s awesome!

    • Anonymous
    • Anonymous

      I find the way some of the shapes and proportions are played with really interesting in some cases. I LOVE the colors, and there are a couple ensembles I actually, unabashedly like (3rd row in the middle, 4th row on the left). I was only able to discover this by covering up all their heads with my hand, though.

      I also adore the outfit in the 2nd row on the left, but in a strictly costume sense, and it’s the only one where I actually like the mask and hat with it! I feel like it’s a still from some unbelievably gorgeous and deeply creepy movie. Alice in Clockwork-Orange-land. (Alex in Wonderland?)

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      No, the clothes are just as creepy and ugly as the masks.  They don’t get points for using colors because the colors do nothing to improve on all the shittery going on here.  Though I can tell you the men in my life are going to be SO happy to know that their love for wearing Halloween masks year round is finally validated.

    • Anonymous

      Dear lord…… that is all just hiddy.  I would never have used the word “joyful” to describe anything in this show.  Seriously, if the recent postings about mens collections is an indication of the direction we are headed I am going to reconsider cross dressing….

    • http://twitter.com/aStudiobytheSea Jody Lee

      So ugly and grotesque that I’m sure Kurt from Glee will be wearing these in the fall.

    • Anonymous

      I can’t. I like my men with faces.

    • Anonymous

      I like the sweaters and the plaid pants.  But it is hard to see past the masks. 

    • Anonymous

      creepy

    • Anonymous

      Wading pants and scrubs??? Fuck off!

    • R. L.

      I’m so turned off by the Jason masks that I can’t look at the clothes.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/EJ4VTYPEO76XDX7BVNVUSDF2GE Fuzzy Izmit

      I like the purple guy with the hat! So classy!

    • Anonymous

      As a performance with some crazy moves added, perhaps, it’s fine; aa a fashion design collection, it’s plain ridiculous–just costumes for some blood-saturated performance.

    • Anonymous

      Say what you will about the masks, but I LOVE the clothes. I’ll take the orange plaid pants, the plaid circle in a white shirt, and the shoes in every color, please.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1050504936 Therese Bohn

      I don’t usually use this expression, but WTF?

    • Anonymous

      It’s a shame; there’s a lot of humor and irony in these clothes that gets lost in the extremely distracting and frightening masks.  Too bad.

    • Anonymous

      Nightmares commencing tonight.  Yikes!

    • Anonymous

      Without the masks this collection would be a LOT easier to appreciate. (Though there is a mouse whiskers effect going on with those horizontal spikes that almost un-creeps those masks).

      The color blocking on the suits is really odd & potentially unflattering. I don’t have a good enough imagination to evaluate the button-the-triangles coats in these ensembles, but I’d like to see them up close. They strike me as an expensive novelty, but perhaps they’re more functional than they look from afar.

      I DO like the green on green sweater at the right in the third row (on the orange next to it the pattern stands out too much for me, looking like a mask face), and the blocky orange one following it.

    • butter nut

      i actually dont mind the masks.  they make you focus on the clothes & they’re striking in photos.  also, the clothes are really pretty fab.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=625481017 Devilicia Reinededemon

      All I can think of is that they look like henchmen extras from the 1960’s  Batman tv series

    • margaret meyers

      Love the orange waders:  perfect for le haute fishing.

    • Anonymous

      I just can’t. Ack.

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      Yeah…. well…. ummmm……… no.  Just no.  Can’t even look at it.  Those are some stupid looking clothes, and the masks just freak me out.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2P2ANLRZ6YAVGONA36I2AQJYGI VicD

      No wonder they are wearing the masks… don’t want to be seen in those god awful clothes.

    • Miranda Prince

      I have a theory that all masks are creepy, but these are especially creepy. I really couldn’t get past them and look at the clothes.

    • Anonymous

      As if the clothes aren’t enough…

    • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

      If only all mens runway shows were this interesting. I think some of the pieces are fabulous. If there is a god in heaven then Alan Cumming will show up on his next red carpet wearing Look One…or Three..or maybe that blue cape?

    • Anonymous

      Booty shorts with thigh-high boots? Check. Muppet sweaters? Check.  Voodoo doll necklace? Check. Coat with approximately 5927428 buttons? Check.

    • Anonymous

      Second row, middle: honeywagon employee on a break

      Third row, middle: primate specialist, on his day off from the zoo
                             right: his evil twin; makes sock monkeys as a hobby

      Fifth row, left: kicked out of Clown College, considering applying to work at Target

      Fifth row, right: confused a muppet challenge with a Silence of the Lambs challenge

      i’ll stop, but damn this is fun ;-b

      • Anonymous

        i thought perhaps i was the only one who saw the humor here.  come on now, are you really scared of a lavender mask?  lighten up, ya’ll.  i think the sunshine colored clothes with the faux/scary masks is hilarious.  the lavender and yellow guy is my favorite.  besides, the masks remind me of jesus from true blood, when he turned into the chupacabra (or whatever that was).  and ain’t nothing wrong with lafayette’s lover. 

        • Anonymous

          This collection was so absurd I had to laugh. I doubt if it’s meant to
          give us nightmares, just make us think outside the box, as Mamibear said
          a short time ago.

          It’s not exactly on a par with that Italian Vogue editorial of 2010
          that got the kittens up in arms, the one referencing the oil disaster in
          the Gulf.

    • Anonymous

      Eeek!

    • Anonymous

      I like the clothes.  I hate the styling.  I hate the callousness of the styling + title.

    • Anonymous

      Ugh. I hate designer menswear.

    • Anonymous

      Some of the outifts, especially the sweaters, are quite interesting by themselves. But what they are paired wih, combined with the overall styling and hideous serial killer masks makes this collection a big turn off. Actually hideous, no crazy, no WTF?

      Is this designer trying to put himself out of business? That is the only thing that would make sense then

    • Anonymous

      (not so) PBI, but some background on Van Beirendonck is needed here.

      He graduated from Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Arts in 1980 (he’s been heading the fashion department of the Academy since 2006) and is one of the so-called Antwerp Six (as are Ann Demeulemeester & Dries van Noten;  Margiela is sometimes considered the number 7 of this group). His graduation collection already featured themes like fetish, masks, violence, S&M, SF, aliens, flowers/nature, children’s toys, motifs and sewing/embroidery techniques from ethnic groups from around the world, like practically all of his collections have had since. There’s sex in everything he makes, often very literal, like the dick shaped masks in his 2008 Sexclown collection or the Bears (yep, *that* kind of bear) modeling his 2010 S/S ‘WONDE(R)’ collex (and these guys looked HAWT). His models have always come in all colours, shapes and sizes, all of them wearing full face makeup, green rubber beards or hannibal lecter masks.

      His designs are incredibly well researched – he has a massive massive toy collection (a lot of it from the 60s and 70s), and books and books full of pictures of masks, totems, talismans, dressing habits, embellishment techniques (beading, tattooing, etc )  and seems genuinely interested, almost obsessed, with the non-western concept of beauty of people on this earth. He looks like a violent and wild man, but is actually very soft spoken and friendly. IMO he’s a true free spirit, a dreamer with a message, who never denounced his boy’s dreams and obsessions with Interesting Stuff, but turns them into art you can wear.
      You may be shocked or revolted by his imagery, but at a closer look you’ll find many quips and clever tricks in his work, and you won’t be able to suppress your laughter and awe.

      There’s an exhibition of his work in Antwerp’s Fashion Museum right now, aptly titled “Dream the world awake”, and there are over 100 mannequins wearing his designs, a wonderwall, his toy collection, and videos of his shows. You can even touch the clothes if nobody’s looking, and I can assure you, he’s a darn good tailor as well.
      http://www.momu.be/en/exhibitions/present/index.jsp
      (oh and in case you were wondering, I’m a 43-yr old average smaal town mom, but I’d wear his stuff any day: have some fun in life!)

      • Anonymous

        Thanks for the info. It’s always nice to learn from others here. I’m
        fascinated by artists’ inspirations and their backstories. Especially so
        when it’s somewhat outside my comfort zone or aesthetic. One of the
        reasons I’m here on this blog. I learn so much.

    • Anonymous

      So, this is from the Hannibel Lecter collection?

    • http://twitter.com/GuidosDaddy Jason M. Galloway

      Love it.  Walter has been doing this sort of thing for years! I was lucky enough to walk in one of his shows a few years ago(he did a collection using “bears” as models in Paris and then brought the show to San Francisco).  Thom Browne’s collection was a blatant ripoff of WVB. I love the face sweaters.