For their opulent fall collection, Christian Visionants thought about what’s soft, cozy, and cocooning in cold weather. And what came to mind were “big, chunky knits and oversized volumes,” said the Belgian designer, who also played as a masculine-feminine look.
About 45 percent of this season’s lineup is knitwear, in a variety of weights, from hand-knit pieces to crochet, intarsia and ottoman stitches. It took five days to hand-knit the ultra-luxurious 15-ply cashmere sweater.
The Visionants were also inspired by two favorite artists: the contemporary painter Marlene Dumas (“I love his use of colors,” he said) and the symbolist painter Fernand Khanof. The latter’s oeuvre—with mystical creatures—helped to envision abstract animal-like prints adorning the fabric. These were attractive and differed from the designer’s earlier, more traditional floral patterns.
As before, colorblocking abounds, with spirited hues like lilac, teal, and sage. However, silhouettes were more voluminous, like men’s coats made for women, cocoon jacket sleeves, an oversized puffer jacket and wide trousers. Visionants continued to grow their puffer bag line in the fall, as it continues to sell well.
Models were seen waiting for the clouds for their fashion videos.