Bernard Wilhelm


PARIS…Belgian designer Bernard Wilhelm has worked with legends like Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen, so it should be no surprise that his designs are an artfully layered exploration of cultural references and directional silhouettes. For F/W 09 he continued to explore some of his ideas about mixing plaid and tribal designs from spring, latching onto a basic windowpane design in black and white, as well as an abstract, ethnic stripe on a caped ensemble. Most wearable was a short shift in a graphic color block design. A painterly feeling was also present, through the indistinct lines on some of these patterns, as well as dip dye leggings and a chalky coating on boots. For a directional take on junior looks for fall, consider Wilhelm an artistic, bohemian voice.

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