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Wunderkind, Berlin

42 Markgrafenstrasse
Germany 10117
Tel: 49 30 2804 0585's insider take:

Berlin-based Wolfgang Joop designs clothes that are breathlessly expensive but fun, free from convention, and just the thing to wear to the Berlin International Film Festival. The menswear tends toward a surreal version of The Great Gatsby, as in structured madras jackets festooned with collars doubled with satin. Women's looks are part boudoir and part art school: Lace-up corsets are sewn over worsted-wool glen plaid dresses, which are in turn distressed by some kind of tie-dyeing process. It's all produced by the Italian firm Roscini, so buyers can be assured that their fantasy garb has serious old-world craftsmanship underneath. The shop itself continues the theme of wondrous extravagance, with walls of plate glass and enormous slabs of bulbous aluminum that seem to have escaped from a Jeff Koons show.—Ralph Martin

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