Walter Van Beirendonck’s recent Fall/Winter 2010/11 collection “Take a W-Ride” came as no surprise to those familiar with the Belgian designer’s oddball fashion antics. We thought – why not talk the looks over with the giggle-inducing Adriane using the latest in text messaging technology!? This is what happened…
Lso – just to preface – Walter Van Beirendonck is this 53 yr old Belgian guy who literally looks like a Nordic Viking.
AI thought we were just supposed to make fun observations … like “this is what Hamburger Helper and Little Bo Peep’s love child looks like…”
Lor a character out of Asterix… Wait, hamburger helper? Wasn’t that the gloved hand with the clown nose? I’m getting a very Yoshi Super Mario meets Nursery Rhyme vibe. But, def. Lil Bo – right on the nose. out of this outfit – would you buy anything?
AI guess the lamb… My middle name means “Lamb” in Dutch. I think it could be a family heirloom… Family was 15th century wool traders….
LSchaap!? Your middle name is SCHAAP? amazing! Walter Van B would love that…
LGreen screen man! This would be such a useful top for a motion graphics house – great investment… Hmm… those ear-warmers…
A…great for in the subway on the way to work. This kid looks rigged for all kinds of weather and situations
L…and weird superhero conundrums that start with the letter “W”.
AI think full-glove sleeves are going to be really in as terrorist disease fears increase … 0% skin exposure!
LY! Tokyo will surely pick up the trend first.
AAnd the W is clearly for Weezer…
LEew – Weezer. I bet you if you said “Weezer” out loud, Lika would start Karaoke-ing one of their songs for you.
AThat outfit on the right screams “Inmate got a Sweater in the Mail for Christmas”. I’d buy it… Reminds me of Stargate … which you know, is like reminding me of ALL THINGS GOOD
LLove the rocket scarf! But that beanie is downright dumb. I hate beanies … terrible fashion accessory.
AHowever, this mocks the beanie elegantly I might add. This is VERY hamburgler. I think I meant “Hamburgler” before when I said “Hamburger Helper” … the rounded head, the general attitude…
LRight, because there is a little white glove with a clown nose!
LIt’s a shame there aren’t more tee’s in this collection – it’s the one thing you can actually buy at his online shop and they’re stunning – here you catch a sliver of one of them … the jacket is rad – see all those pockets? But what’s wrong with his leg – is that a protruding femur? Eat something goddamnit!!!
AThat’s where he keeps his ping pong balls … He’s going to the match … I used to put tennis balls in my spandex shorts like the other girls on the tennis team.
LNo you didn’t.
AI did! I was only on the team in 8th grade though… then i got cool and quit Mathletes.
LThat magenta is hideous.
AIt’s like male Oilily… PEPTO BISMOL!!
LI love NECCO wafers!!!
LOh! That hoodie was MADE for me!!! …but, is that velour? Velour should drown in the river with his friend, beanie.
AOh no! It’s like Juicy Couture worn by a mobster’s wife with the graphics of her man’s trade
L“Mob Mommy” No one would be able to afford it…
ABrooklyn is rich now, Lo. Haven’t you seen Bored to Death?
LPff – you know, our good friend Stephen Ulrich scored the series… also scored Miao Wang’s Beijing Taxi documentary with YZ’s brother, Itamar…
AThese are like, the Wes Anderson outfits. I love the gloves. They say: “This is a man who is willing to do dishes”.
L…a moment of silence for all the men who do dishes? and notice the boots? Killer.
AThey look like those Wolverine gentleman’s boots everyone wants = GREAT.
LThis pony girl thing is just so perverted… Do like the poncho though.
AIt’s all very Dr. Strangelove. Also reminds me of a failed weather balloon experiment … or a giant hot water bottle!
L…or some first delve into a flying apparatus. What’s with the prison duds on the right? Did Walter have a recent stint in the nick?
AIt’s a Beastie Boy!!!
LOooh – great sweater – this one’s got the right color ways – I didn’t like the brown rec-room vibe of the previous one…
AI like the high-waist pants – but is something like, dribbling down his pants? or is that the fly?
LYou know, a couple shows ago… Sexclown, for Spring/Summer 2008 … all of Walter’s looks were based on avatars he created and subsequently launched into the wilds of Second Life! Just, you know, random factoid…
AThat’s my fave sweater – on the right… Like a 21st century stained glass window. I’m totally ignoring the headphones now – I’ve become immune.
LMight as well ignore all the annoying themes: prison, headphones, phallic ponies … the sweater is terrif tho.
AThis is like a Snuggie for rich people.
LI would get the laundry in that.
AEh! Would have taken me seven minutes and one blue bed sheet to make that dress.
LK -let’s see you wear that to work. Those two blues are great together. Oh, BTW – the collection is called “Take a W-Ride” as you see on the stellar crew on the right… that’s such a slick outfit.
AI like that the man’s nipples are accentuated. People always think women don’t care about a man’s nipples. Well, they’re WRONG.
LAdriane! We’re going to have to censor this discussion? Um, anyhow – those nips are not quite in the right place…
AI’m just trying to create controversy so people read this thing. It’s already 400 pages too long.
LOkay, smut it up then. Here you see many of Walter’s signature ciphers: the Adam & Eve-ish snake, the bear Walter totem…
AWHY CAN’T I HAVE CIPHERS?
L…the southwest patterning… You should create some for yourself.
AWell, to wrap up, I thought I made some really astute references to David Lynch… It’s funny how everyone looks like a little bunny … cuz of the white poopers hanging off their
LY – “bushy-tailed” … This must have been so fun to model for though.
AAgreed – I’d like to see pictures of the interns buckling people into hats backstage. Someone should make a coffee table book called: “Fashion Interns Doing Embarrassing Things”. I think it’s probably impractical to design clothes that can’t fit in an elevator tho…
LTrue, but then you’ve gotta take the stairs which saves energy, so…
AAh – yeah, taking the stairs with my giant hamburger helmet – that’s my new fitness routine. You’d learn a lot about poise – can’t slouch with a giant hamburger on your head.
LGood for those cotillion classes.
APretty boy in the boring inmate jumpsuit and sweater looks super jealous and sad of models in crazy suits
LYeah, like, “WTF – I always get the outfit FAIL! I want the wedding gown!!!”
AToo bad there wasn’t a wedding gown, BTW…
LTrue – I’ve never seen a wedding design from him – we should ping him ’bout that – although he did start a great shoe collection with some Italians.
AI’ll commission him for my wedding… when I’m a thousand-aire.
LWell, I think dissected, there are some winners in the collection – I admire Walter Van B’s balls to the wall direction…
AWinners? Totally. He’d be perfect to costume-design my adaptation of Willy Wonka…