Exploring Berlin: The Hotspots of Potsdamer Straße

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photo: Uwe Walter

For the longest time, Potsdamer Straße in Tiergarten has been a forgotten place famous only for its theatre and a couple of national museums. But in recent years, the street has developed into a melting pot for contemporary art with countless new galleries, and a few additions to the world of avant-garde fashion as well. In this guide we will discover all the new and exciting places, along with a few classics. Click on to tour the hotspots of this bustling street.

Skylar by Skylar
on January 30th, 2015
in Art, Bars, Cafés, Fashion, Galleries, Shops, Tiergarten

The Cloud: A Cosmo-Choreography

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Fifteen minutes into the performance, I finally came to understand the relevance of its name, The Cloud. A smoke machine puffed out a billowing mass, which slowly engulfed the audience as the piece progressed. I watched, swayed by the condensed water vapor that was swirling and gliding through the atmosphere of the Sophiensaele theatre. A few audible sounds soon amalgamated with the clouds and brought the audience to places seldom travelled. Drone-like music preluded the cinematic soundscapes, which were followed by indecipherable dialogue. The cloud engulfs you until you feel alone in the theatre, but the rustling and chirping assure you of close company. Soon I began to realize that with every breath I took, I was holding in the cloud, causing a disturbance in the atmosphere. But that’s exactly what this is about—everything disturbs, influences and creates something else. Catch a glimpse of this immersive performance piece with our photos after the jump. Also we are raffling 2×2 tickets to our readers. Find out how to participate after the jump.

Skylar by Skylar
on January 30th, 2015
in Art, Theater

Backstage with Odeur at Berlin Fashion Week

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photos: Olga Khristolyubova

For several seasons now the Swedish brand Odeur is showing at Berlin Fashion Week. Finally the minimalistic sportswear label had a big runway show and got the attention it actually deserved.  Even though we are not really sure what to think about the styling and the combination of this year’s collection, we definitely spotted some brilliant highlight pieces as Devid mentioned already in our best of menswear article. To continue our series of backstage impressions here you go with the next photo set by our dear Olga. Enjoy the pictures after the jump.

Claudio by Claudio
on January 29th, 2015
in Fashion, Photos

Sounds of Black – Backstage with Augustin Teboul

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photos: Olga Khristolyubova

For the German/French duo of Odély Teboul and Annelie Augustin, Berlin Fashion Week always meant more than sending models down a runway in their collections. The Woolmark Prize winners of 2014 are well known for their extravagant fashion performances. This year Augustin Teboul decided to photograph personalities that reflect their label, wearing their new Fall/Winter 2015/16 collection, which they displayed as a gallery exhibition in the gorgeous Kronprinzenpalais, along with a live show using two staircases as opposed to a runway. The photographs of various artists were taken in Berlin by Stefan Milev, and published in a magazine titled “Sounds of Black,” suitably representing their latest collection. This season, the pair drew inspiration from the personalities they photographed, captivated by the unification of their strength and fragility. They channeled this into their line while continuing to speak through the mystery of black garments, experimenting with materials, crafting knit sweaters with ornate embroidery, patchwork dresses with leather and pleats and wool coats with lacquer trim. Our photographer Olga went backstage to have a glance into the preparation process. Styled by Wella Professional their look could not have been more sophisticated. Enjoy the photographic impressions after the jump.

Skylar by Skylar
on January 28th, 2015
in Fashion, Photos

Le Faubourg – Traditional and Nouveau Cuisine

Le Faubourg – Traditional and Nouveau Cuisine

Last week I had the pleasure to try out the French restaurant Le Faubourg (which means the suburb) that is in the not-so-far West of Berlin at Augsburger Straße inside the Sofitel Berlin. I must admit that I absolutely love French restaurants (sorry, Italy) so this was a special delight for me. There is something about the way the French chefs prepare meat that is just to die for.

As you can see the interior of the restaurant is stunning with these goregeous Bauhaus lamps and perfectly illuminated tables. The service was impeccable, as you would expect from a high class restaurant like this. And the food was just symphony for the taste buds. The interesting part here is the menu for the main courses that is split in half with traditional versions and modern versions of the same type of meat or fish facing each other. You have options with venison, beef, turbot, sea bass and vegetarian dishes with prices ranging from 18-38 EUR. We tried the dry-aged rump-steak (easily one of the best meat dishes I ever had in Berlin) and the turbot with chorizo (very delicious and unusual combination). As a wine I had the Miraval rosé from the Provence that I loved so much that I made a little research about it on the internet and found out it’s the wine from Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. What a funny discovery! So ultimately we did not only enjoy a spectacular dinner, we also were in very good company (in spirit). Enjoy our impressions after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on January 27th, 2015
in Charlottenburg, Restaurants

Backstage with Studio 30ph at Berlin Fashion Week

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photos: Olga Khristolyubova

We were incredibly intrigued by the new aesthetics of the studio 30ph (stands for 30 pairs of hands representing the students working on the project) collection that we mentioned already in our womenswear best-of. The label is the student project of the HTW university and focuses their work on ethical fair trade eco-fashion. This year they presented a collection only made out of pure untreated cotton. The results are unique garments for all kinds of situations and all kinds of body shapes and ages. Our photographer Olga was not only taking photos backstage, but was also one of the designers creating the outfits. We clap our hands to this fantastic result and look forward to shows in the upcomming seasons.

Claudio by Claudio
on January 26th, 2015
in Fashion, Photos

The 8 Best Womenswear Collections of Berlin Fashion Week

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photos: Mercedes-Benz Fashion

Berlin Fashion Week has passed by once again, and this bi-annual style extravaganza brought us lots to look forward to with the amazing Autumn/Winter 2015/16 Womenswear collections presented. Featuring an interesting line-up of local and international designers, this Fashion Week focused on providing a platform for lesser known talents and up-and-coming contemporary brands. Fashion Week filled the city with stylish parties, impeccable street style, and of course, fashion shows that set the bar pretty high for the years to come. We reviewed the Womenswear collections and gathered the 8 that caught our attention. Click on to see which designers made the cut!

Skylar by Skylar
on January 26th, 2015
in Fashion, Photos

The 8 Best Menswear Collections of Berlin Fashion Week

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Photos: Mercedes Benz Fashion

Berlin Fashion Week has come and already gone, which means I finally have some time to make sense of the menswear madness of this season. Men’s Fall/Winter fashion has never really been a draw at Berlin Fashion Week, but this January there were definitely a few shows who made it the perfect fashionistas catcher. From upcoming designers who raised the bar, to impeccable classic designs, and to the occasional ‘wtf?’, Berlin Fashion Week was again a great surprise. After a marathon through shows and some catching up online, I broke down the 8 Best Menswear collections that mattered most this season. Enjoy them after the jump!

Devid by Devid
on January 24th, 2015
in Fashion, Photos

Death Asshole Rave Video – Queer English Dance Theater

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photo: Ian Douglas

I have heard about the work of Berlin-New York nomadic dancer Jeremy Wade quite a lot in the last years and never made it to any of his shows. The new dance theater piece he is performing at HAU Theater is an aggressive/sexy/disturbing (choose you adjective) monologue about the different aspects of death. In a dark, American-Horror-Story-like queer setting Wade experiments with vehicles for experiencing different deaths – death of theater, value, sense, and attachment. Jeremy Wade uses death as a metaphor to give the audience a wake-up call projecting his research on the death of our Western society into the future. The dates, pictures and a video after the jump.

Claudio by Claudio
on January 24th, 2015
in Theater

Fashion Illustration by Nicola Napoli

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While Berlin Fashion Week is pretty focussed now on young designers and upcoming labels, Paris Fashion Week is pretty much about the big brands and famous designers. Berlin-based artist and illustrator Nicola Napoli has taken a look over to the French side of fashion and created a set of 3 fashion illustrations inspired by Balmain, Comme des Garcons and Gareth Pugh. Enjoy his vision after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on January 23rd, 2015
in Art, Fashion