The zany Belgian designer keeping fashion fun

Always guaranteed to bring a touch of craziness and colour to Paris Fashion Week, Belgian designer Walter Van Beirendonck could not help having a dig Wednesday at the megabrands dominating the industry.

Even by the veteran designer’s zany standards, his latest menswear show was a wildly imaginative collection, featuring jackets with tentacles, enormous hats, huge blue goat horns and a bright green gas mask.

Perhaps the most interesting detail was jackets with holes running right through from front to back.

All of it was lapped up by Van Beirendonck’s adoring fans — many of them extravagantly dressed in his past outfits — who see him as a blast of much-needed fun in the self-serious world of high fashion.

The designer purposely went for an intimate setting this season to contrast with the enormous shows put on by billion-dollar brands like Dior, Chanel and Louis Vuitton.

“I don’t want to

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