Bernhard Willhelm - "Attitude Adjuster"
“With Fifty Shades of Grey recently coming out on screen, BDSM paraphernalia is bound to go mainstream. Cat o’ nine tails, gags, and paddles will be great gifts to give to one’s parents to spice up their marriage…thanks in part to the book/movie, spanking has lost any perverse appeal and has now become a fashionable recreation well-suited for the most conformist among us. Indeed, it is on this premise of accepted kink that Bernhard Willhelm in his latest collection FW 15/16, presented at MOCA's design center, has introduced paddles as fashion accessories to be carried around like purses or hats. The wooden paddles have battle slogans engraved on them, such as “Attitude Adjuster,” which fits perfectly to the collection’s title When Fashion Shows the Danger Then Fashion Is The Danger. The paddle incites an aesthetic hazing of new shapes, patterns, and colors, and knocks out any possible comparison to Rick Owens’s jaded monochromatic eunuchs or Jeremy Scott’s camp Barbie dolls. Willhelm establishes a tongue-and-cheek guerrilla style loaded with a libido long forgotten in the fashion world - a libido that doesn't consume itself in red rooms or intimate exchanges with safe words, but rather urges to rectify the tactless, tasteless, and boorish - in other words the everyday naughty. Your mechanic has overcharged you on the car repair job? A spanking with the Attitude Adjuster. Your neighbor can't stop wearing those kitten heels? Attitude Adjuster! The paddles can be bought directly at MOCA Pacific Design Center and soon on MOCA's online store for $28-32. For most effective use we recommend to pair these fashionable paddles with strong self-defense skills and a good lawyer, because you never know who might disagree with your righteous spankings.” AP