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Bernhard Willhelm Fall '17 Lookbook
Our foreboding future is something fashion's been recently fixated on, and with good reason. We've reached a long overdue climax where global politics, social unrest and environmental issues are collectively peaking, making days ahead look grim--the Statue of Libery's brief blackout this week was yet another eerie sign o' the times. Tackling this reality with a bright, graphic eye is German-born designer Bernhard Willhelm, whose fall '17 collection, This is All very Dangerous, offers clothing for survival in a post-modern, capitalist society.
Willhelm's range features reappropriated Peruvian textiles throughout, piecing together commentary on artisans and their relationships with the surrounding nature; tees are sprayed with haphazard painted effects, echoing an overly polluted world, while allusions to space imply the possibility of a more optimistic future. Though Willhelm' encourages employing "a wizard for purification" in these trying times, he suggests calling on a fireman if all else fails--an expectedly abstract note from the left-fielded designer, who's previously collaborated with like-minded provocateur Bjork.
When asked to clarify the direction for his fall '17 collection, Willhelm appropriately explained the vision with high-concept ambiguity: "Rubber band workout 2017," he told OUT. "Feel the resistance." The designer also included the meme, below, echoing the bright yellow fireman that makes several cameos throughout the lookbook. Keep clicking for more.