Last summer, Bernhard Willhelm relocated his studio to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where his team spent two months working on a new collection distracted only by monkeys and mezcal. OC correspondent Alexandre Stipanovich sent back a report that made us a) want to hop the border and b) desperate to see what the final collection would look like.
Now in stores, here is Bernhard's spring collection. It's everything we hoped it would be and more. There are rich, textural fabrics in bright indigenous colors; dresses that look like post-vacation photocollages; and hems that look like they were torn in a tropical ritual frenzy. Which is exactly how Bernhard directed his spring presentation. In a sweaty gallery in the Marais, models swigged Dos Equis, squirted sauces at the walls, and let loose on watermelons with umbrellas.