Remember being a kid and making paintings where clouds were purple and the sun was blue? Some people don’t grow old, hence never stop being creative and chasing after what they have come to this world to do. And it is in fact Friedrich Nietzsche who said: “The overman…Who has organized the chaos of his passions, given style to his character, and become creative. Aware of life’s terrors, he affirms life without resentment.” Bernhard Willhelm, born in the heat of 70s in Ulm. He studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp during which he assisted Walter van Beirendonck, Dirk Bikkembergs, Vivienne Westwood and my beloved Alexander McQueen. In 1999 he created his first womenswear collection with collaboration of his partner, Jutta Kraus which was presented in Paris.
Besides being a fashion designer Bernhard Willhelm is also a multi media artist. He works in different mediums, even when it comes up to his fashion collections. He is an installation artist, a sculptor, a painter and a designer. Being torn in between characters of Fine Arts Bernhard seems to doing ok with what he creates, especially since they are all unique and all have a mind of their own. In 2007 he designed all outfits, flags for the stage and sculpture of the album cover (shot by Nick Knight) in the World Tour of Björk. He even designed costumes in 2008 for the theatre play by R.W.Fassbinder directed by Philipp Preuss in Berlin.
Styling is crucial though I must say for Bernhard Willhelm’s collections. Spring Summer 2012 is another story for layering I won’t budge. However, the winter collection, current season have a lot common interests with D&G’s collection considering the colour cartela. So instead of wearing full on brights and avoiding shining like a real star, I would suggest to keep it cool and try not forcing colour blockings too much. Combine with tights and a pair of boots for the Autumn and wear it with knits for when its snowing. Not everything has to be white when the snow falls on the ground! Go shopping for Bernhard Willhelm on Henrik Vibskov Boutique or alternativelyhit his own website and online store!
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