selects from Wunderkind Spring/Summer 2011, Paris via Vogue.com.au

I find it hilarious that talking about Spring/Summer 2011 (2011!) is somehow already “passĂ©,” but indulge me while I hearken back to what I consider to be a largely overlooked collection.

Now I don’t know if Wolfgang Joop’s collection just got lost in the shuffle, if I just missed the coverage, or if the Wunderkind brand is simply glossed over on the whole, has some bad reputation I’m not privvy to or if the term “wunderkind” is still exclusively reserved for Alex Wang and Tavi… Maybe most just didn’t have much to say – nice or otherwise. Whatever the case, me likely. Me really, really likey.

The collection may not have been a hit start to finish but barely anything gets those marks. And while yes, the model in the first photo above does look pregnant, I quite like the exaggeration and still find a number of the pieces very wearable, yes wearable (for a certain market) on their own. The blazers, the shoes, the floral tops and bottoms would kill with the requisite tee or jeans. I love how the color palette and babydoll silhouettes hint at something darker or more complicated than pure whimsy; as WWD put it, “Pippi Longstocking, as seen by Tim Burton.” The styling is also fresh (3rd photo = killer way to wear a petticoat) as are the shoes, the hair and bold prints I could actually see myself wearing. I’ll also mention the whole fruit motif thing now since it cropped up thrice this season, but I really think that’s more of a coincidence than a trend and IMO Joop did it best. Just look at the floral/fruit print in the 1st pic! The schnozberries taste like schnozberries! Still love ya though, Miuccia.

Peep the whole collection here and tell me if you, too find yourself lusting a pair of rainbow colored, floral petal-pushers… I hope to at least see this collection get some editorial love.

  • Ria / November 27, 2010

    Glad you’re posting again. It’s crazy to me too that it’s referred to as something passe. I completely missed this collection but I love it!

  • Megan C / December 3, 2010

    Wow, this line is so out there and fun to look at. Glad to have stumbled upon your blog….


  • agnes / December 17, 2010

    Cause your blog gives me amazing inspiration. love your style xoxo

  • T / January 4, 2011

    This collection was one of my favourite I thought it looked very Alice in Wonderland, completely magical and romantic without being overly lolitaish or too sweet. I think the fact that some of the pieces were paired with harder elements such as tailored jackets, stripey socks and doc martin like boots gave it that slightly gothic/skater girl edge. Overall I absolutely loved it.

  • Cherise TrahanMiller / January 6, 2011

    I love the playful, graphic, pop feel to this collection. Bravo!

    Creative Director, AdhaZelma Jewelry

  • H. / January 15, 2011

    Honestly, it was one of the more gorgeous and daring collections shown at Paris. I take anything by Joop over Wang any day :)

  • bank account offshore / January 18, 2011

    …..A friend of mine posted this link on facebook and I just had to have a look.The prints on the garments are so bold the colours are vivid and the overall prints are eye-popping and somewhat surreal when mixed with the checkerboard.