photo: Oliver Rath
Last week a very special event that I have anticipated a lot happened at Volksbühne Berlin on the big stage of this prestigious theatre. Esther Perbandt, one of my favorite avant-garde designers in Berlin, celebrated the 10th anniversary of her label. Knowing beforehand what she had planned for this special occasion I was super excited.
I was one of the few photographers that were installed on stage right in the middle of the show, so I saw everything up close. When the big curtain opened the light stayed off and an eclectic experimental sound choir began to sing hauntingly. The mood was set perfectly. After a while the lights came on a contemporary dancer dressed in Perbandt gave a performance in the vain of Valeska Gert, the inspiration for Esther’s new collection titled Grotesque. It was great to see fashion combined with dance in such a theatrical manner. Once the dance was over the runway show started and models came from the side walking into the audience and back. Seeing it from the back with all the lights and people in the background was really stunning and the excellent electronic music that was playing really gave me goosebumps. What a fucking cool show! And the collection was also great to look at, the best one she has done so far for sure.
Once the show was over Esther came out with her assistant with confetti rain and standing ovations. It was such a moment of glory. As if having your name spelled across one of the most impressive buildings in town isn’t already enough this show was probably the biggest highlight of her entire career. Right after the curtains closed I gave Esther a hug and she was still shaking of excitement. Very understandable! For me it was one of the best shows that I have seen in all of the years that I went to Berlin Fashion Week.
After the jump we have 3 photo sets for you from this amazing event. On page one we have backstage photos by our guest contributor Olga Khristolyubova, on page two we have the runway photos by Oliver Rath and on page 3 we have photos from the big after show party by me. Enjoy!
Last night British highstreet brands TOPSHOP and TOPMAN hosted their first party here during Berlin Fashion Week at Hamburger Höfe. Among the fashion crowd were a lot of familiar faces such as Eva Padberg, Brooke Candy, Hadnet Tesfai, Bonnie Strange, Marie Nasemann, Wilson Gonzalez and many more. Scandinavian newcomer MO was performing live (and quite impressively) and Joe Goddard from Hotchip was DJing. Enjoy the impressions after the jump.
On Saturday, at the Berlin Fashion Week finally comes to an end, Last Days and Sing Blackbird collaborate for Bye Bye Fashion Week, an exciting and very special closing party at Backyard we strongly recommend. More on the party and how to win 2×2 guest list places here.
Last night the crazy boys of Dandy Diary celebrated their big Fashion Week opening party with Brooke Candy live at an amazing bunker venue in Prenzlauer Berg. Enjoy the impressions after the jump.
Once again we will be your guide to navigate through the vast amounts of events during the upcoming Berlin Fashion Week that starts next Monday showing you all the things that we think are relevant for you. As always are focus is on young designers, avant-garde and street fashion and – most importantly – events that are open to the public. Make sure to check back into this guide in the next couple of days as we will be adding more stuff to it. Have fun!
Berlin Fashion Week Event & Party Guide
I’m actually not really the type who would reminisce about the past. But when I look back at the year 2013 I have to admit that this year was in many ways special for me. Special because of the things I did and that happened around me, but also because of some personal realizations about myself and my life that ultimately make me a very happy guy. As you guys are somehow part of this life I would like to share these special moments along with some highlights of the blog in 2013…
On Satuday the kids of SXX SELLS celebrated their big White Ball at P.O.P. and offered quite a lot for their Christmas party: Vibrator icicles hanging from the ceiling, Christmas buffet with candy canes, cupcakes and ginger bread, condom photo wall courtesy of Eis.de and none other than Peaches at the decks. It was an absolute blast! Enjoy the photos and – by popular demand after a long break – animated party GIFs after the jump on 3 pages.
“Aesthetics of Decay; Design for Dying Electronics” by Disney Nasa Borg, 2013
The Cyberfest is one of the biggest festivals for technology-based art in Europe and while it has been taking place in St. Petersburg in the past years it will now have its premiere here in Berlin at The WYE starting next Wednesday with an opening reception and party hosted by I HEART BERLIN.
This year’s edition titled Time & Place will feature the work of over 100 artists in the fields of sound, video and performance art with screenings, concerts and exhibition spread out in a program running from Wednesday til Sunday (Nov 13-17, 2013) in the different floors of The WYE, the cultural, artistic and intellectual hub in the heart of Kreuzberg at the old post office building at Skalitzer Str. 86. Additional events will also take place at Platoon Kunsthalle at Schönhauser Alle in Mitte. You can take a closer look at the program here and join the Facebook event here. The whole event is free of entrance. Make sure to come by the vernissage on Wednesday from 20-23:30h and the after party at the Privatclub next door of The WYE starting at midnight with DJ sets by Hubie Davison and Jaan Ugrinsky. Some more impressions and details after the jump.
The famous Blitz party belongs to the very few that we have covered quite extensively and from the very beginning. When it started 3 years ago it filled a gap in the Berlin nightlife and I am grateful for it. It became the party to dress up for and look your most spectacular – especially my camera loves that! This Friday one of my favorite parties in Berlin is celebrating its 3rd anniversary and – sadly – also its final dance. This is going to be the very last Blitz party and it will take place at Cookies. It was an amazing run with great parties and I am happy I was somehow part of it. A big thank you to the makers behind it for some wonderful nights on the dancefloor. After the jump I collected my favorite photos from all the Blitz party that I attended to. And we are giving away 2×2 guestlist spots. Read on for more info and photos.
After I missed the last 3 edition I finally made to the SXX SELLS party that is run by my fellow bloggers Laura, Dustin, Mauri, Basti & Marc, Jan and their friends Candida and Matthias. It was the Mean Girls Halloween Edition and it was quite the party! To be honest I haven’t seen a party with such a beautiful crowd and as fun as this in quite a few years (except for our own events of course…) and I was happy to be there and take photos. If you enjoy the latest pop music and are not too cool to publicly dance to it, than this is your place! Enjoy my impression on 3 pages after the jump and next time let’s all be Mary Jane Holland on the dance floor.