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Since his early collections, Walter has been inspired for his designs
by art, music and literature, all mixed with ethnic and nature influences.

Walter Van Beirendonck is considered to be one of the main trend-setters
in men’s fashion by the professional press.

His designs are very recognisable by either strong graphics
or innovating cuts and unexpected colour combinations .

The red thread throughout his collections is his sense of humour,
sex with an eye-wink and his concern about ‘safe sex’.
His continous statements about the fashion-world,earth,nature, contemporary life
and society are collected in prints and slogans.
Often ‘double bottomed’!
Always in a complete unconventional context.
Since 1983 carries every collection a well-defined name.

The WvB collection is available at CONCRETE.

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September 8, 2013 at 14:23


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Today we share with you, a picture recap of the recently held Walter van Beirendonck 2012 Fall/Winter runway show. Check out below for more pics and an in-depth analysis by Tim Blanks from

Lust never sleeps. The title Walter Van Beirendonck gave his new show acknowledged the durability of our baser instincts. The clothes he made to accompany that acknowledgement won’t be matched on any other catwalk this season. Their combination of cartoonish joie de vivre and deeply sinister subtext was unsettling, a reaction that WVB has effortlessly courted throughout his career, as anyone who had the pleasure of seeing his recent career retrospective in Antwerp will know.

The collection was based around a literal face-off between masks: the kind that warriors in Papua, New Guinea, or voodoo high priests in the Caribbean paint on, and the leather kind that Western fetishists wear in big-city sex clubs. Van Beirendonck’s standard cast of African models wore these masks, most of them in an Elastoplast pink that was like a parody of Caucasian skin. He insisted that was simply because he liked the contrast, but the effect was profoundly disturbing.

And maybe it’s just because Van Beirendonck makes you think such thoughts, but it was hard to resist the idea that his sleekly civilized tailored suits were also a mask for a whole repertoire of beastly impulses. Lust never sleeps, remember. The designer certainly was full-on with his fetish references—not just the masks, but full-body leather waders, fluffy mohairs, and pointy little details such as the black rubber padlock around one model’s neck or the tiny tufts of fur that defined the fingernails on a candy-colored leather body glove. One set of waders, in leaf green leather, was worn over a jacket, shirt, and bow tie that matched. This outfit seemed particularly worthy of a psycho/sociological fashion analysis for the way in which propriety was restrained. The fact that it was all in cartoony colors hardly diminished its force. In fact, it simply highlighted the fact that the collection was a natural heir to Vivienne Westwood’s SEX shop or Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, two other instances of cartoon antics masking a lethal assault on the everyday. Stepping outside the Espace Commines into a drizzly Saturday morning, it was instantly, sadly obvious that the everyday will never, ever know what had hit it.

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January 26, 2012 at 12:26


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SHOWStudio‘s latest shoot for their “In Fashion” project takes a look at the work of Walter Van Beirendonck, profiling Concrete‘s favorite Belgian fashion designer as he approaches his upcoming exhibition at the Antwerp Fashion Museum which will be the first retrospective on the Van Beinrendoncks three decades in design. Journalist and author Hywel Davies took 15 minutes with Van Beirendonck to discuss his motivations, inspirations, creativity and his earliest fashion memories. Walter van Beirendonck is exclusively available for the Netherlands at Concrete.

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May 20, 2011 at 10:49


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This spring/summer longtime Concrete favorite; Walter van Beirendonck collaborated with award-winning London based accessory brand: Chris&Tibor, for the second time. This time creating huge backpacks in the shape of a robot, a tiger and a crocodile, the inspiration of these bags was taken from the idea of having a life-size teddy bear type of buddy you can take with you on all your adventures around the world. All three bags along with special WvB x Chris&Tibor iPad and Macbook sleeves and the rest of Walter’s collection are available now at Concrete.

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April 19, 2011 at 15:52


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Approximately 30 years ago, Walter Van Beirendonck was among the “Antwerp Six” to emerge from the Royal Arts Academy in Antwerp alongside other successful designers including Dries van Noten and Ann Demeulemeester who have gone on to have successful mark on the world of fashion. In his recent showing, Van Beirendonck presented a collection with a strong theme of contrast. Colorful and crazy patterns versus traditional materials would lead the way for some much more liberal offerings ranging from ponchos to other anti-fitted pieces. Expect to see this collection arriving at Concrete coming fall.

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January 22, 2011 at 12:28

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