December 09, 2013 New York
He took care to emphasize that it was Belgium itself, rather than Belgian fashion, that inspired O.C.'s Pre-Fall range. Antwerp's historically important waterways—it continues to be one of Europe's largest ports—inspired the collection's fluid lines, the snaky seams of fencing-style shirts and pinafores. That contrasted with the sharper lines of techier pieces, such as anoraks, kangaroo-pocket jumpers, and utility vests.
If you were excavating every reference, you could find the refractions of light through diamonds in a geometric print (Antwerp is a major gemstone hub) and stirrings of techno-pop record-cover art (Technotronic, of "Pump Up the Jam," was from Belgium). But that might be a deeper dive than O.C.'s fan base cares to (or needs to) make. For every piece here that waxed overcomplicated, there was one that was just contemporary fun.