Wolfgang Joop’s WUNDERKIND collection for Autumn/Winter 2013 carries an air of freshness as it offers countryside sentiments a modern flair. Instead of a runway, models showcased Joop’s designs by walking around an amorphous, silver platform. Stage lights reflected off the set, casting each dress, jacket, pair of trousers and shoe in a pool of cool shimmer reminiscent of Winter.
The show opened with a breath of fresh air as the first model sported a softly pleated, short white dress accompanied by a wool jacket. Her hair was slicked back on the sides with a slight lift on top. Her makeup was effortlessly pretty with an almost smoky, dewy eye for some edge. The WUNDERKIND girl goes back to her roots, but does so in a cool and refreshing way.
The colour blends of dreamy white, cornflower blue and scarlet run through rustic tones of clay, concrete and khaki in wools, alpacas and cashmeres. Joop uses a special kind of fabric created from hemp and wool to smoothly fashion tough jackets on top of light-as-air dresses. The colour transitions are seamless. A pop of a red sleeve or orange short, fringed skirt brings us to the next phase of his collection highlighting pieces of fuchsia and olive. Among the delicate dresses, there are comfortably tailored separates in tweed, patterned with grey plaid. From her neck, which is embraced by a fur collar, to her feet, adorned by metallic and white leather flat ankle boots, the WUNDERKIND girl embodies elegance with an edge.
The final looks present a soft print, mysterious and fluid, almost like vapour. Upon closer examination, we can see that they are large tulips and violets on brocade. Coupled with polished overcoats, these dresses speak of a modern rural girl taking it easy on the countryside. WUNDERKIND’s vision of Winter is young and earthy, pulled together in a relaxed and refined manner.
Words / Sheri Chiu
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