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Fast cars, X-rated movie stars in Willhelm show

You can say what you will about Bernhard Willhelm's clothes — zany club kid knits — but when it comes to putting on a memorable fashion show, there's simply no disputing the German designer's almost preternatural gift.
/ Source: The Associated Press

You can say what you will about Bernhard Willhelm's clothes — zany club kid knits — but when it comes to putting on a memorable fashion show, there's simply no disputing the German designer's almost preternatural gift.

It's safe to say that no one who saw Willhelm's spring-summer 2012 menswear show — a potent cocktail of kitsch that included fast cars, a porn star and a muscle woman — will be forgetting it anytime soon.

Staged Saturday in a Mercedes dealership off Paris' Champs Elysees Avenue, the display was a veritable riot for the senses: Models sported sweat pants knit with XXL in oversized letters and bulky cowl sweaters that left wide swaths of chest uncovered, or itsy-bitsy Speedo bottoms paired only with socks and shoes. A pair of jeans was reduced to a shell of its former self, with all the fabric removed besides the yellow-stiched waistband, inseams and hems.

But the most memorable piece in the show — if not of all Paris fashion week so far — was the one-piece thong bathing suit, worked within an inch of its spandex life by its amateur model, a real-life adult film star. He got a run for his money, though, from the other non-model on the catwalk, a lady bodybuilder in teeny bikini who made frequent stops to flex her oiled arms.