paris fashion week: bernhard willhelm’s runway snacks
If there’s one thing that you can count on during Paris fashion week, it’s that the Bernhard Willhelm show will be a spectacle. Not because, like Jean Paul Gaultier, he has a troupe of ballet dancers as an opening act, or because, like Giambattista Valli, he has a myriad of celebrities in attendance, but simply because of the sheer absurdity of the characters both on and off the catwalk. A confused superhero (Superman outfit, Spider-Man mask), a robot, and a Germanic-looking Smurf were just a few highlights from the audience at Thursday’s show. Luckily, Wilhelm had permeated his Spring ’09 collection with enough eccentricity to compete: He showed clay jewelry modeled on his favorite German delicacies. Oversize pretzel brooch or a wurst necklace, anyone?