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Paris: The looks in Wolfgang Joop’s collection for Wunderkind captured the pretty part of quirkiness, and the intriguing aspects of eccentricity. Ensembles looked thrown together and eclectic, but too visually pleasing to have been accidental. With sophisticated combinations of prints and textiles, and wearing whimsical neck ruffs, bleached eyelashes, and messy hair styled with angelic baby braids, the models truly looked like fashion wunderkinds. Pagoda shoulders paired with a peter pan collar emphasized a flat chest, adding to the child-like feel. Wearing South American blankets, tattered chiffon skirts, and furs wrapped around their necks and chests, the models looked like gypsy urchins with a taste for luxurious materials. Painterly animal prints were mixed with electric ethnic patterns, and jackets in military and aviator styles were thrown over soft peasant pieces. Heavy buckle closures and layered chain jewelry made worse-for-wear items look sturdier. There was a proper balance of fanciful versus practical, and the designer didn’t allow himself to get too carried away with any outfit. Judging from his creations this season, Joop must possess both the imagination of a child, and the seasoned tastes you would expect of an adult designer.

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