Clever interpretations of utility pieces were transformed and subverted by Willhelm.
Willhelm's menswear collections are often difficult to fathom and this season's the designer's creativity was again pushed to the extreme. A set of painting easels and library books surrounded models who wore Rupunzel-esque enormous wigs. The gravity defying head pieces joined several models together and the weight of one piece nearly caused one model to pass out. As the show scrambled to start models took their turn posing on a plinth before approaching their easel and ceremoniously defacing their paintings. Other models read books, possibly recited poetry and one even deconstructed a sheepskin rug while his peer daubed it with paint. Amateur dramatics aside Willhelm's collection explored his well-versed sportswear aesthetic as camouflage and army references were worked into baggy tracksuits and blouson jackets. Clever interpretations of utility pieces were transformed and subverted by Willhelm, whose fascination with sportswear has influenced many new designers who reference the designer as a true radical in contemporary fashion. The performance clearly overshadowed the clothes and although Willhelm's creativity is unquestionable, his garments were lost in the overtly complicated presentation. While a narrative is often relevant in catwalk presentations - the clothes are, and should always be the primary focus.