Walter Van Beirendonk's designs can always be relied upon to add a little humour relief to the often intense atmosphere and structured creations of fashion week. True to form, his Spring/Summer 2011 collection did not fail to disappoint with life size crocodile and tiger bags clinging ferociously onto the backs of their owners.
Walter Van Beirendonk states an almost child-like inspiration behind the design: 'I really wanted to make huge bags, which look almost like a doll friend, I guess like a teddy bear, that you can take out with you.'
However the main catalyst behind the wonderful creatures is Van Beirendonk's love of nature: 'I use fashion to communicate messages, statements and ideas which pop up in my head. Of course I realize that it is extremely difficult to change the world. But, if I could change one thing, I would save nature and the animals. They are so fragile, but so extremely beautiful and precious.'
Images and quotes via Vice Style