Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Paris: As much as Bernhard Willhelm is an experimental, edgy designer, he is also a dedicated fan of one of fashion’s most versatile items—the dress. Draped, twisted, shredded or gathered, Willhelm’s F/W 12 collection was an endless parade of voluminous frocks, though certainly not in the traditional sense of the word. These dresses were oversized, boldly colored, layered over leggings and printed with a wild mish-mash of graphic prints and message slogans, made sporty via drawstring details and asymmetry. The few ensembles that featured separates continued Willhelm’s love of athletic themes, showing off his signature irreverence with animal print bomber jackets and jumpsuits decorated with aggressive tiger graphics paired with chunky sneakers. —Nina Stotler
Silhouette: Oversized / Relaxed / Draped
Color: White / Cobalt / Fuchsia / Black / Dove grey / Orange / Apricot / Turquoise / Dusty rose / Sage / Navy / Cherry red / Yellow
Key Items: Ruffled bra tops / Short sleeve anoraks / Patterned leggings / Draped cotton dresses / Graphic intarsia knits / Cardigan coats / Dolman sleeve cotton tops / Oversized t-shirt dresses / Long tunic dresses / Wrapped shirt dresses / Cotton button-ups / Bomber jackets / Pleated cropped trousers / Jumpsuits
Materials: Cotton / Silk / Nylon / Mohair / Wool / Gabardine / Jersey
Print + Pattern: Message graphics / Stripes / Buffalo checks / Heart graphics / Animal prints / Grid prints / Geometric repeats / Zig-zags / Diamonds / Tie-dye
Details + Trim: Drawstrings / Ruffles / Zippers / Gathering / Pleating / Braiding / Roll necks / Fringe / Dolman sleeves / Shredding / Deconstruction / Asymmetry
Accessories + Footwear: Ankle boots / Knee socks / Sneakers / Plastic toy pendant necklaces / Printed hosiery / Pumps
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