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Take note, Karl Lagerfeld.
Walter Van Beirendonck’s outrageous designs may be a little out there for your typical conservative Dallas crowd, but that didn’t stop Dallas Contemporary from inviting the menswear designer to exhibit there. This past Friday, the museum opened an exhibition of his quirky and colorful designs called “Lust Never Sleeps--Silent Secrets,” which are also the titles of his winter 2012/2013 and summer 2013 collections. We caught up with Van Beirendonck the day before the exhibition opened to ask him about Dallas (he said he hadn't seen much of the city, but that he really wants “to see some line dancing, some rodeo, some real cowboys”) the effect of museum exhibitions on fashion and the possibility of an Antwerp Six reunion.
We spend most of our time covering womenswear so we delight in the menswear shows because designers tend to take much bigger risks on the runway. Pink lace up bikini briefs? Intricate bondage? Quirky colorful top hats? Koosh-ball-like head coverings? It was all there on the runways of London, Milan and Paris. So we had to know: What do "real" men think about these outrageous ensembles? To find out, we reached out to our friends in the media who aren't fashion-affiliated--like Daniel Edward Rose of The Observer, Jo Piazza of Current TV, who, while a lady it's true, admits she has the mindset of a 13-year-old boy, and Elie Mystal of our brother site Above the Law. But we didn't stop there: we hit the streets of NYC to poll all the men we could find about these crazy looks.
PARIS--Bras, quiffs, and six-packs: three shows, three sartorial universes, three very different boys. One thing they have in common? We could happily wear most the collections ourselves.