Fashion is art, but oftentimes, one would reference the other in creating a new look and perspective. Such is the situation for Christian Wijnants, who was inspired by the works of American painter Alice Neel for his Pre-Fall 2019 Collection. Neel’s artistic simplicity in capturing human life at its essence was manifested here with the slightly minimalist normcore fashions. The tailoring here was so exquisite that they made up for the simple silhouettes the dominated the offering. Neel was also known for her strong use of color, which Wijnants translated with his own use of color-blocking. He was fearless in mixing stark shades of military and mint green with the likes of bright orange, sky blue, and plum. The visual feast continues with a mish-mash of prints as well, prominently of the floral variety printed on the more feminine and dressy numbers of the collection, to the graphic use of stripes on a number of pieces as well. There’s no denying that this line had a unique artistic touch, and even despite their sheer simplicity, the looks were still a feast for the eyes!
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Photo: Courtesy of Christian Wijnants