photo: Harald Hauswald
The next story of our Strange Magic series is about the wonderful and surreal magical island that is Berlin. This contribution comes from talented young author David Bramhoff. David lives in Berlin since ten years and writes stories since roughly five years. Some dreamy, some dark, some funny, some brutal. Before that he studied at the University of the Arts and pretends that he learned a few things there. With what he learned, he works as a communication conceptioner next to his writing. Beyond that, David likes to travel to Southeast Asia, likes espresso that’s slightly too strong and music that’s slightly too loud. Enjoy his story in the German section.
Lana Del Rey is back with a 30 minute short film called Tropico. The movie features model Shaun Ross and includes her songs Electric, Gods and Monsters and Bel Air. Tropico was directed Anthony Mandler. More after the jump.
Technically this edition of Berlin Goods should be called Potsdam Goods because the streetwear label Rotholz is from the pretty neighboring city with the beautiful castle Sanssouci. But since it’s only half an hour S-Bahn ride away it kind of feels like yet another district of Berlin, so I decided to feature it in our series after all.
Rotholz has been founded in 2005 by Moritz Baur. The label started with unique T-shirts that were hand-printed with carved woodplates, an old printing technique from Japan. Over the years they added different lines to their collection including artistic graphic prints, collages and a reduced line without any prints. Their products use a lot of organic, fair traded materials and the production is done in collaboration with social institutions which makes Rotholz a full-on sustainable label which we think is really great! Check out their cool new collection after the jump and have a look at some of their iconic pieces from previous collections in their webshop.
Do you remember the night of the singing balconies we wrote about a couple of weeks ago? I heard it was quite a blast. Now the organisers Polly& Bob are planning another large scale urban intervention in Friedrichshain which sounds like fun and I am looking forward to join. What a better way to meet new neighbourhood-friends than having dinner with them. So this is why a big running dinner will take place this Saturday in Friedrichshain where everybody can participate if they live in this district. Forming teams of two cooks you will get randomly paired up with other teams and be surprised what they will serve to you. Every dish will be served in another apartment, so you will not only get to know the cooking abilities of your neighbours but also learn more about their interior. A quite personal, yet funny and communicative event where – with a little luck – you might also find new friends. You can still join untill December 5. To take part you have to sign sign in here and you will get more information directly from Polly and Bob.
photo: Dan Hirsch
We all know that living together in a 35 square meter studio apartment in Berlin did not bring eternal love and happiness to the young couples of the city. And still I see more and more people moving together in tiny apartmens, losing their privacy in the name of love and money. But what does all this saving money bring you in the end if you will wreck your relationship. Maybe love just can’t be a bargain.
The economy of love and relationships in Berlin is also the topic of the upcoming piece Save Your Love by Israeli director Ariel Nil Levy and performers Hila Golan, Niva Dloomy at Theaterdiscounter. A basic berlin relationship will unfold in front of your eyes with all the problems love can have of living in a big city in a small apartment. The piece is suited for an English-speaking audience. Furthermore during all of December there will be performances around the topic of love at this little theater which now is fighting for its existence, since the state will not support it in the future. Let’s hope for the best and let’s get some love there this month. The dates and the address after the jump.
This coming Sunday we can all do something for a good cause by doing what we are going to do this month anyway: Shopping! It’s Christmas and all of your friends and family are in need of a present. But imagine with your shopping you would automatically help the victims of the catastrophy in the Philippines or save a homeless person in Berlin from freeze to death in the cold Winter.
Yes, this is not a theory: If you shop at the Charity Fleamarket that takes place on Sunday December 8th at Where is Jesus at Wrangelstr. 57 ALL of your money spent will be donated to the Kälte Nothilfe and to an first aid organization in the Philippines. This is organized by a group of girls who all volunteer to gather and sell donated products for this event and 100% of the proceeds will be used for charity. A lot of agencies, labels and people (including myself) have donated vintage fashion and brand new products for the market. So there is something for everyone! Go and shop from 12-19h. The flyer with more details and a video from last year’s Charity Fleamarket after the jump.
Last Friday the second Live Networking for Fashion & Art event brought media, designers, creatives and fashion professionals together in one colorful evening program full of fashion shows and other specials. I couldn’t go to the first one that took place a few months ago, but I was really happy that I made it to the second one.
I thought that all elements came together quite nicely. The fashion shows, the booths of jewellery and accessory labels, the hair styling and nail art, the concert of Ofrin and of course the Crush party afterwards. I really liked the presentations of Ivan Man and JULIAANDBEN who showed parts of their amazing Spring/Summer 2014 collections. A surprise highlight was the collection of the young label Izzy and a crow. The theme of the collection was Donnie Darko, a film that I really love, and now I love the amazing Donnie Darko prints on the sweaters, backpacks and pants. This label could very well be the next Julian Zigerli.
Some impressions of the event after the jump.
If you know less after a film than you did before, that’s actually a huge compliment. Because art is meant to startle you, to plant questions in your head and trigger new thoughts. That’s why it’s great, fun and important. Blue Jasmine managed to do precisely this to me. The latest Woody Allen film made me think about things I hadn’t thought about in a long time and reigned the conversation after…
photo: Eylül Aslan
Berlin is Babylon. From all around the world, people come to visit and live here. And I think it is amazing to have such a variety of culture, food, languages and human beauty all in one city. Coming from beautiful and tropical Brazil the author and blogger Gustavo Carneiro found his way to Berlin to study and stayed here. With his words he translates his fascination with the everyday life and publishes his stories in his blog. A story called The Void was his submission for our Strange Magic special. Read it after the jump.
This week’s Cinéma de Mode features the striking fashion film by Cécile Gariépy for high-end womenswear label IMPAIR in collaboration with the jewelry line RAW TASTE, designed by Sasha Cherovsky. The SS14 collection is inspired by the fantasy of a modern, confident and slightly boyish woman evolving into a powerful physical entity, thus complementing the label’s feminine strength. Discover some noble quality and elegance in their beautiful fashion film after the jump!