Christian Wijnants Pop-Up Store Opening in Pacific Place Hong Kong
Hello everybody, I am very happy for Christian Wijnants on his pop-up store opened in Pacific Place Hong Kong! Belgian fashion designer Christian Wijnants came to Hong Kong with his signature elements: the store’s atmosphere is natural, artistic and sophisticated, much like the Wijnants customer. Warm materials are sculpted into curvy walls and abstract totem poles inspired by Constantin Brancusi’s atelier from the structural elements carrying the garments. Element of art brut are combined with geometrical volumes, cylinders and curves, giving a playful touch to the environment. The visitor moves between these pillars to his own rhythm, not defined by a fixed pattern. The store is designed by Antwerp-based interior architecture office, B-architecten-Bis, known from several iconic collaborations with fashion designers and cultural actors in Belgium. Their project usually contain choices for remarkable materials and colours, which match with Wijnants’s affinity for texture and colour in his collections. The light wood and desert flower tones of the store form the ideal background for Wijnants’s natural hues and luxurious fabrics!
The Hong Kong Pop-Up Store will be the second Christian Wijnants brand store. Christian Wijnants opened his first Flagship store in Antwerp in September 2015.
Drawing from the linear heritage of Modernist architecture and the plastic arts, Christian Wijnants imagines an effortless and featherweight collection for Spring Summer 2016 built on flyaway lines and frayed, translucent textures with a vertical purity. A bleached palette of whitewashed cream, ivory, and ecru tones is shot through with hothouse flower shades of marigold, cerulean, mango, and flamingo pink. In a nod to the erotic sculptures of Constantin Brancusi’s ‘Birds in Space’ series, the collection’s linear silhouette is declined in arching swatches of raw-edged silk organza and georgette that tumble down spaghetti strap sundresses and layered skirts. Shift dresses in elegant, deconstructed shapes are tacked with peeling layers of collaged textiles: jacquards flecked with jacquard polka dots and fine pinstriped silk, or spiralling bands of printed fil coupé. A Swarovski crystal stripe injects a frisson of movement into camisole tops and tailored shorts, just as Wijnants’ signature culottes return tied with a ribbon waist. Intarsia knit separates intonal jacquards feature a graphic stone print, whilst a transparent nylon thread produces a sheer, celluloid effect. The season’s wrapped elastic sandal sits on a wooden block heel, exemplifying the textural harmony that accentuates the collection’s sense of unfinished beauty and irreverent romance.
About Christian Wijnants
Born in Brussels, Christian moved to Antwerp in 1996 to study fashion design at the Royal Academy of Fine Art. His graduate collection won the Dries Van Noten Award for best collection in 2000. After graduation, Christian presented his collection at the prestigious Festival d’Hyères, where it was awarded the Grand Prix and bought by several stores including Colette in Paris. After a stint at Dries Van Noten, Wijnants launched his eponymous label in 2003, and today presents his collection on the official ready-to-wear calendar of Paris Fashion Week, that is sold at boutiques and department stores worldwide. His talent for vibrant, artisans knitwear saw him win the 2013 international Woolmark Prize, the 2006 ANDAM Award, and the 2005 Swiss Textiles Award. Today his collection is sold in stores worldwide including Barneys, Harvey Nichols, Opening Ceremony, Tomorrowland and Bijenkorf.
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