In order to see the light, one must walk through the dark. That is exactly what Belgian Designer and Antwerp Academy Graduate Cedric Jacquemyn intends to do. The designer’s creative sensitivity, nimble vision and strokes of dark underbelly gives way to a special varnish of mysticism for his Spring/Summer 2016 menswear collection. Where there’s a tinge of conscious fragility, there’s also an overtone of soft strength. The clothes are elegantly modular and mobile, due in part to Jacquemyn’s vast experience in darkly, romantic menswear aesthetics. If the words ready-to-wear fall awkwardly on the ear when explaining this collection, it’s because you’re seeing fabrics locally sourced from Japan and Italy and manufactured in Antwerp, Belgium. These natural fiber fabrics are perfectly sculpted into lithe, flowing garments that give way to tapered, tailored visionscapes.
Ethnic, historial and even transcendent undercurrents swim in and out of the designer’s current collection. His man made landscapes possess earthtone veneers of gray and black, accompanied by natural knits and sharply cut leathers. Silhouettes provide shapes that are equalizing with narrow pants that embrace a contrasting ambundance to billlowing jackets, coats and, dare we say, accessories in the form of backpacks. Baggy vests atop tailored suit jackets and oversized breathable knits coupled with leather pants adds a pliable scope to this assmblage. Careful, Jacquemyn knows quite fondly that the devil lies in the details, and he takes no prisoners with his subtle surprises. Hints of carved cutouts revealed behind jackets to expose the skin tells us only one thing: he’s certainly walked through the dark.