Witblitz-Alien Vintage Walter Van Beirendonck SS 2020 text by Runzhou Sun

Dear Shaded Viewers,

Walter Van Beirendonck’s  SS 20 show was called “Witblitz Alien Vintage” and was held in an eccentric place as if we were in another universe. “ ’WITBLITZ’ means ‘White Lighting’, “I put South African words on the designs because of their off-center sounds.” said Walter.

The traditional suit blazer was reborn with  pastel colours. Japanese kimonos in bright colour blocking symbolized the fusion between traditional Asian origins and the rebel Western subculture. This collection also focused on shape and volume. The multi-layered lantern sleeves were in sharp contrast to the men’s leggings. The two long sleeves growing under the armpit echoed the theme of the show – we were being introduced to a small part of  aliens, the otherworldly muses of Walter Van Beirendonck.

In addition, some of the pieces(such as the mask) paid tribute to Walter’s show in 1995 – Paradise Pleasure Productions. However, the forms and looks of this collection are more diverse and limitless. The whole look of the models reminded us of the street boys in Etsushi Ogawa’s manga which made us believe that Walter never designed the garments he just plays with them. To quote Walter, “So many ‘new’ collections refer to what came before or are built from pieces sourced from stores. I want to create what is 100% of the now” The O-shaped plastic sheeting jacket was like a swim ring which signified the designer’s eager desire to escape (or confront) the crises we are dealing with at the moment. Finally, everyone can find their own refuge in Watler’s garments and he provides us the freedom of choice in terms of clothes.