It was about time: Berlin is getting an alternative fashion event for the official Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The first edition of the Berlin Alternative Fashion Week is happening in the first week of October 2014 and will include an array of events on several days such as fashion presentations, a designer market, TEDx talks and fashion parties. The fashion that is being showcased and sold here is quite different from what we are used to from the official Berlin Fashion Week that usually happens in January and July each year. The organizers of the event describe it as alternative while I like to call it avant-garde, progressive and artistic. One of our favorite carzy Berlin designers is going to be part of the show: Tata Christiane, as well as a couple of really excentric international designers and Berlin newcomer Alles. So far only 8 of the participating designers have been revealed on the brand new website with more to come in the following weeks. To celebrate the start of a new platform for Berlin’s creative fashion scene the makers are throwing a big launch party this Friday at Urban Spree. Come by get a taste of what’s to come in October. Get a preview of the first announced designers after the jump.
photos: Ailine Lietfeld
Mitte has a fabulous new place for coffee at Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße. But Type Hype is not just about coffee, even tough theirs is really nice. The new concept store by the label of the same name is specialized in typography-related product design, so you will find things such as pillows, posters, wine bottles, mugs and stationary with big letters in different styles on it. Such a simple idea, but the design is so contemporary and clever that you just want to stack up on the A, B and Cs and decorate your home with it. By the way, you can only see a small selection of the width of products and letters in the shop. On the Type Hype website you can get much more as well as order sets of products with your own letter combinations. Get some first impressions of the beautiful shop after the jump along with the details.
After all the different fashion graduates shows of last week we are now moving onward to the work of the art students. This past weekend several universaties and schools had open doors to exhibit the work of their students and graduates. The Kunsthochschule Weißensee opened their graduates exhibition on Friday at the Kühlhaus at Gleisdreieck (those fashion experts amongst you know this place from SEEK). The exhibition titled Reif is still going on until the end of the week with a few special events on the weekend and you should definately check it out as there is some great art to be seen. For me personally I liked it better the higher I went in the building. They actually use the entire space, all 5 floors and the backyard so there is a lot to discover and the art ranges from sculpture, installation, film, photography and painting. My absolute favorite was the toy man by Aimo Gräven which you can see in the detail shot above. Enjoy more impressions after the jump on 2 pages.
photos: Olga Khristolyubova
After the UdK and the Weißensee fashion shows I would like to now come to the one school that I used to study at (though not in the design department): The HTW. They don’t really have a graduates show like the other schools, but the 4th semester design students have been independantly organizing their own show for a while now. This year it was called MIDI and took place at the new Kiki Blofeld in Schöneweide, not too far from the HTW school. The HTW is mostly known to be the most technical and industry-oriented of the three public universities where you can study fashion in Berlin. This doesn’t mean that the students there are less experimental and daring with their designs. Especially in the early semesters there is a lot of room to go wild. So the 4th semester show has been once again an interesting mix of ideas and styles. We sent our contributing photographer Olga to capture some impressions for you. Enjoy!
photo: Alicia Kassebohm
Probably the most talked about of all the graduate shows of Berlin Fashion Week is the one from the UdK. It’s Berlin’s most experimental fashion school and one of the most renowned ones in Germany. Their graduates show is the only one that is part of the official Berlin Fashion Week and it takes place on the official runway of Mercedes-Benz. In the past years the UdK show hasn’t always been my favorite one, Weißensee and ESMOD also have some great talents that have shown amazing stuff. But this year the show was really amazing. Our guest author Alicia Kassebohm took a look behind the scenes and made some backstage photos for you that you can see after the jump. On the second page we also have a best of from the runway show with photos by Corina Lecca courtesy of the UdK.
photos: Olga Khristolyubova
After last year’s crazy golden naked Haute Coiffure runway show of Charlie Le Mindu at Badeschiff the guys from the Berlin Fashion Film Festival invited Russian performance artist Andrey Bartenev and his happy bubbles to be the big show act for this year’s BfFF Award Show that took place at the former silent movie theater Delphi. The show was absolutely out of control, joyful and crazy and we loved it. Our talented contributing photographer Olga Khristolyubova caught some shots for us backstage and during the performance. Enjoy the madness after the jump on 3 pages!
When it comes to Fashion Week you have two choices: Be a good fashion blogger and rush to all the shows and write about the collections later. Or you can skip the hassle of the shows and enjoy all the relaxed side events taking place all over town with free drinks, snacks and other amenities.
The Samsung Fashion Cool Downer at the #Inland pop-up shop offered exactly this last Thursday and I was happy to drop by to cool down a bit and enjoy some Thomas Henry cocktails and Glacéau vitaminwater. At the event I was once more educated about the coolness of Scandinavian fashion with the #Inland showroom presentation of a group of Finish designers who make amazing fashion and clever products. The collaboration with the Samsung Food Showcase also introduced the terminoligy “kitchenista” to me which pretty much means that you do not only use your fridge for food but also for make-up and lotions as well as leather and cashmere goods which apparently keeps them look fresh and new. The huge deluxe refridgerator offers lots of space for exactly that in their practical showcase shelf in the double door. Nifty!
The #Inland showroom has now turned into a proper shop once the Fashion Week was over, so now the general public can shop some great Finish design and check out the fancy Samsung Food Showcase until the end of August. Some impressions after the jump.
On Monday of last week the students and graduates of the Kunsthochschule Weissensee unofficially opened the Berlin Fashion Week with a runway show of their work and final collections at the backyard and gallery of the Aufbauhaus in front of Prince Charles. It had to overcome some obsticles in the form of heavy rain that caused a delay, a short blackout and a slippery runway. But the designs made up for the circumstance and they delivered an interesting and diverse show with many great and inspiring looks and ideas. As we love to support young talents we want to use our platform to present you some of the work we have seen at the seefashion14 show. Enjoy our gallery after the jump on 4 pages.
When I entered the Lehrter Siebzehn location on Tuesday night for the exhibition party FIER Vitrine I was pretty impressed. Of all the events by FIER Management this was by far the best one. Ten really well selected international labels presented their new collections here with really nice set-ups and fashion presentations. Every corner was dedicated to another label and arranged to create a little world around the design work itself. Every presentation had one, two or three models showing the key pieces of each collection. I really enjoyed all of them, but my favorite one of all was for sure the menswear collection by Aussie Alexandra Hackett who created every piece of silver foile. Very cool! Take a walk with me through the fashion exhibition after the jump.
On Thursday Berlin’s most wanted model/singer/designer/shop-owner/photographer/it-girl Bonnie Strange became yet another thing: A publisher! Together with her Shit Shop partner Lena Nußbaum, Senna Gamour and a team of 3 new people she created a fabulous new magazine: The Shitpaper. The magazine came out really amazing, well done, girls!! The release of course had to be celebrated in style, so she teamed up with Italian fashion brand Patrizia Pepe to throw a big party during Berlin Fashion Week and our girl Tati The Fruit Salad was right in the middle of it! We have the impressions for you guys, after the jump on 4 pages. Enjoy!