Photography: Lucie Rox
For his Men’s S/S ’18 collection, Walter Van Beirendonck went full party in the front and back. Rocking pastel mulletts and techno glasses, Beirendonck’s models looked like the coolest kids at the rave, if Gabber Eleganza actually took place at the end of the world. Fusing dystopian and militaristic looks with a futuristic ease, the designer built upon his reputation for never sticking to anything. In contrast to last season’s Pagan theme, Walter Van Beirendonck S/S ’18 was a lot less feral and more cohesive. But even though Beirendonck’s collections all vary widely, they do have one thing in common. Besides always looking effortlessly cool, Beirendonck keeps his brand one step ahead. Unlike other designers who spend their time desperately trying to follow whatever’s on trend, Walter Van Beirendonck plays by his own rules—and it pays off. Beirendonck is at the forefront of youth culture, and instead of following trends, he creates them. I won’t be surprised if we see light pink mulletts all over runways next season.