Walter Van Beirendonck
Designer: Walter Van Beirendonck
Season: Fall/Winter 2006
Walter Van Beirendonck's design philosophy is all about breaking convention. For example: One of his most famous designs includes a noticeable cartoon dong. He's one of the legendary Antwerp Six (along with Raf Simons and Dries Van Noten), but he's no conformist. Toeing the line between visual artist and fashion designer, this particular season poked fun at corporate mascots like Ronald McDonald and Mr. Clean, putting them on the backs of fur-lined hood jackets. Known for literally putting himself on his work, that heavily-bearded dude with the six-pack is the designer's wearable self-portrait.