August 28 2014

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Bernhard Willhelm Prefers “Funny Feet”


Camper, the Majorcan footwear company, is known for its casual kicks, but the label also keeps a bead on the weird-is-wonderful market. With its bottom line attended to by sensible shoes, the company is free to indulge its taste for artful oddity with the collaborative Together line. Not that they’ve stinted on the trappings for the project. Together’s collaborators have included the industrial designers Jaime Hayon and Hella Jongerius and German fashion designer Bernhard Willhelm, now in his fourth season with the brand. Willhelm, fresh from a show on Friday where he dressed models in Japanese shibori-pattern sheaths and surf-punk graphic tees to weirdly Dada effect, kept the beach bum vibe strong for Camper. His multicolored, hiking boot-inspired trainer with an open “wave” sole gave even Camper’s ingenious, Barcelona-based design department pause (they eventually figured it out). Perhaps in celebration of that accomplishment, the brand threw Willhelm a party last night at its Faubourg Saint-Honoré shop. “I wanted a pair of shoes to make you feel like you’re standing on a wave,” Willhelm explained of his design. “I suppose my favorite place to be is somewhere between good taste and bad. And I’m sick of slick high heels, now. I prefer funny feet.”

Photo: Courtesy of Camper

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