Compiled and Curated by Paige Donner
Trained at the Royal Academy of Anvers BERNHARD WILLHELM graduated in 1998. He was then alternately the assistant of Walter Van Beirendock, Alexander Mc Queen, Vivienne Westwood and Dirk Bikkembergs. Born in Ulm in the South of Germany, Willhelm hasn’t stopped building an imaginative nicely crazy universe since the set up of his brand in 1999.
CAMPER Together with Bernhard Willhelm
For his SS’13 Collection shown in Paris at La Bourse (Palais Brongniart) he teamed up with Camper, the Spanish shoe company that holds sustainability foremost in all of its endeavors – including its new Barcelona and Berlin hotels “Casa Camper” – to design a collection of SUSTAINABLE shoes that completed his “runway” show in Paris this season.
We say “runway” show because in fact Willhelm presented his SS’13 collection with models who writhed on the floor, or took a pose and remained motionless, zombie-like, for the duration.
Photographers: Maria Ziegelböck, Alfredo Piola, Shoji Fujii
The show-featured models were slouched across the floor, writhing slowly, almost as zombies. Outfits ranged from baroque inspired patterns, kaleidoscope and smiley-faced prints and with animal printed details.
(More) About The Shoes
The Transgressor Sneaker combines a kaleidoscope of different materials. Willhelm makes a collage with an extraordinarily large Velcro strap, a dazzling sole construction and exaggerated thick suede leather straps. To round out the shoe collection are a group of graphic printed sandals.