PARIS, Mar 13, 2009 / FW/ — A venue all in white, the walls were wrapped in white plastic; the floor was also white while the runway was designated by raw wood planks. As the audience sat on the white benches, there was already anticipation in the air.
Wolfgang Joop had prepared his audience for a tabula rasa – a clean slate so that he could present to them his Fall 2009 collection that was inspired by Suprematism, the abstract art movement founded in St. Petersburg in 1915 that focused on the fundamental geometric form.
So, Wolfgang Joop sent out square jackets, coats that were made to be square via the exaggerated shoulders, suit jackets adorned with Swarovski crystals defining a rectangle and checked or striped chiffon dresses that as expected also defined a familiar geometric shape.
Founded in 2003, Wunderkind is Wolfgang Joop’s personal vision of fashion. After his success in making his eponymous label Joop a household word, Wolfgang Joop went into semi-retirement from fashion. But his love for fashion cannot be contained, hence the creation of Wunderkind, a fashion house that embodies a new German sensibility and avant-garde spirit.
Wunderkind’s Fall 2009 offering exemplifies that spirit as it ignored the familiar shapes while building a complex spatial relationship thus introducing a deconstructed approach. Yet, instead of turning raw, the collection has a tailored finish, thanks to Wolfgang Joop’s expertise in manipulation of the silhouette and masterful tailoring techniques.
Photos by Thomas Barnes