Berlin Goods: Shoes by VELT

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There is an unbelievably high amount of fashion designers here in Berlin, but when it comes to shoes it’s quite a different story. Being a shoe designer seems to be a rare calling here in Berlin which is really disappointing for me because I really love shoes. However, the few local shoe labels have all the more attention and that is a good thing.

One of them is the Berlin-based label VELT that is currently hosting a pop-up shop at The WYE at Skalitzer Str. 86. Their menswear line of shoes is really the perfect mix of classic shapes and subtle colors with enough unusual and playful details to make this an interesting shoe while still being wearable and not too crazy looking for the less fashionably daring gender. I particularily like their new summer collection that features a few models with cut-outs. They’re not sandals, but still quite airy and perfect for warmer temperatures of the season. Have a closer look after the jump and make sure to try them on at the pop-up shop.

Frank by Frank
on April 16th, 2014
in Fashion, Kreuzberg, Places, Shops

Exploring Berlin – Soviet Monument of Honor

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With longer daylight hours comes more time for nice walks in town. Most of the people living in Berlin have probably already taken plenty of walks through Mitte, visited the Museum Island or strolled through Mauerpark. But just a few have ventured out to Treptower Park to discover this impressive historical gem from the former GDR: The Soviet Monument of Honor. This monument was built in 1949 and is one out of three monuments built to remember the fallen soldiers from the red army.

What makes this monument so impressive is not only the giant statue of the child-saving soldier with the massive sword resembling more a knight from a fairy tale than of a Sowjet soldier. The gates to the monument are crystal-shaped pyramides that look like they were constructed for a space station from an alien nation. I guess the fascination for space and the idea of a Soviet world imperium already existed back then, continuing in the Cold War in the following decades.

I recommend to visit this place inside Treptower Park on a cloud free day to enjoy the view. The whole area and especially the soldier statues can give you goosebumps. I think getting in touch with this part of Berlin’s history is a stimulating experience not to be missed. More pictures after the jump.

Claudio by Claudio
on April 14th, 2014
in Places

Positions with Vermibus

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This Saturday the Open Walls gallery at Stattbad Wedding is opening the group show Positions with artworks by OX, BR1 and Vermibus, three artists that challenge the world of public advertising with their amazing adbusting interventions.

Vermibus is a street artist that has been on my radar for a while since I discovered his work at the subway stop Schönleinstraße a few years back. I think his transformation of glamorous advertising models into scary demonic creatures is really fascinating. To give you an impression and to get you excited about the exhibition tomorrow I have a few samples of his work for you after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on April 11th, 2014
in Art

Berlin Artist: Christopher Winter painting Speculative Realism

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In our upcoming series Berlin Artist we would like to present you some of our favorite artists and their work independent from a local exhibition. We realized that many artists may live in Berlin where the studio rent is low and the possibilities of creative exchange are vast. Nonetheless the buying art market and also many prestigious galleries and museums reside somewhere else. This is why a lot of artists living in Berlin rarely show their work here.

One artist got our attention at the KIK exhibition one month ago. At the group show inside Kino International with a variety of presented works Christopher Winter‘s paintings and sculptures stood out to me. I am not so sure if it was the mixture of cuteness and artistic faculty that impressed me or the slight melancholic feeling I felt watching his paintings. Have a look for yourself after the jump and stay updated on his website about his upcoming exhibitions.

Claudio by Claudio
on April 10th, 2014
in Art

The Unexpected Casting – A Guide on how to Selfie

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With all the current hype around the Oscar selfies, various Instagram selfie memes such as #aftersex, #iwokeuplikethis, #nomakeup, as well as elaborate feature articles about the topic in renowned newspapers and magazines it was bound to happen: a selfie casting campaign.

As already reported last week Alcatel ONETOUCH is looking for the new faces of their upcoming global advertising campaign with the help of an Unexpected Casting. To have a chance to win you only have to do one easy thing: submit your own selfies. A jury of three famous individuals will pick the best selfies amongst all the submissions. Amongst them is one expert of self-portrayal: uber-successful fashion blogger and now-celebrity Bryan Boy. I’m sure he has a thing or two to say about selfies as he has already published hundreds of them. His fellow jury members are Cool Hunting co-founder Evan Orensten, and Fake Leather founder Adriana Gastélum.

A little how-to-guide on taking the right selfie after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on April 10th, 2014
in Misc.

Nostalgia for Paradise – Kate Bellm & Edgar Lopez Exhibition

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Some people search for paradise in Berlin, some prefer to travel the world to find it. Like the artist couple Kate Bellm and Edgar Lopez. For two years they were “kidnapping moments” of beauty, passion, life and excitement around the world. Kate by taking photographs and Edgar by collecting objects and creating drawings. Now they came back to their home base and are ready to share with us their inspiring findings. Far from being traditional travel photos or documentation, they present a series of colorful fantastical, surreal and with highly tension charged imagery at the gallery space Pavlovs Dog. More impressions, the address and time after the jump.

Claudio by Claudio
on April 9th, 2014
in Art, Galleries

VOTE NOW! The very best German Music Videos of 2014

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I’m working for the Short Film Festival Oberhausen in my fourth year now and think I’ve been rather timid with self-adulation. But now it’s time and I want to point your attention to the short art in the Ruhr Valley. Not without current news of course! Those are the pride and joy of my colleague Jessica Manstetten. Nobody can compete with this lady when it comes to music videos! Each year she scours through the world of clips, seeking, sighting and stacking the top of the pops of the underestimated genre. In a three-day steady stare she and a commission select the best German works for the MuVi Award from submissions and select the MuVi International program from what they loved over the year. The selection for 2014 has been made and you can watch all German Clips online and Vote for the audience award since last week. A trip to the festival at the beginning of May, where the price will be awarded and celebrated with one of the legendary parties at the festival bar, is raffled among the voters…

Lia by Lia
on April 8th, 2014
in Movies, Music, Videos

Last Days of Kim Kardashian Party Photos

Last Days of Kim Kardashian Party Photos

It was a bit like the universe was against me going to Suz’ Last Days parties in the past year because whenever it happened I was out of town. But last Saturday the stars were finally aligned for us again and I was happy to be at Backyard for this special and extra fun party. I even made a big photo set for you with some GIFs. Enjoy after the jump on 3 pages.

Frank by Frank
on April 8th, 2014
in Party, Photos

MEAT Me at the Mall – A Review

MEAT Me at the Mall – A Review

As we already announced here we were really looking forward to see the theater piece MEAT by Thomas Bo Nilsson as part of the F.I.N.D. Festival at Schaubühne. Before doing his own thing the Swedish stage designer, performer and director was part of the Signa group from Denmark. If you ever experienced a piece from this group before you will recognize the unique touch of analog reality in this new piece. Go after the jump for a little review and some impressions of the piece.

Claudio by Claudio
on April 7th, 2014
in Art, Theatre

Welcome to the #dandydiaryspace

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Our pro-active blogger colleagues and sexbombs of Dandy Diary are at it again getting their fingers in the Berlin fashion scene. After their huge success story of the Dandy Diary Fashion Week party and multiple fashin films they are now stirring up the German Press Days with the #dandydiaryspace that is going to be open this week at Rosenthaler Platz with a daily program of fashion-related events. Today they start the week with the launch of the new limited edition T-Shirt collection by Hood by Air with New York-based photographer Kevin Amato who will also showcase some of his work there. During the week there will also be a “Dandy Talk”, a fashion presentation by Paris-based avant-garde streetwear label ASSK and a couple of parties. To see the schedule and some previews have a look after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on April 7th, 2014
in Events, Fashion, Party