On Saturday the inner yard of the Sony Center was transformed into a Spanish-themed fair ground with free Spanish food, music and dance. The initiator of this big family event was Fairy who invited their brand ambassador and tv chef Ralf Zacherl to break the record in cooking the biggest paella of Germany. But this was not the only record they broke that day at the Fairy Fiesta. They also managed to wash over 12.000 plates with only one bottle of their dish dergent and all of that for a good cause as they collected donations for the RTL children’s foundation to support the Kinderhaus in Berlin Reinickendorf.
Apart from tasting the biggest paella of Germany I had only one thing in mind at this event: What restaurant does a famous TV chef go to? After the jump some impressions and the top 3 Berlin restaurant recommendations by Ralf Zacherl.
About a week ago our beloved capital was graced with a visit by legendary Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto. If you haven’t heard of him before (shame on you!) he is one of the most groundbreaking designers of our time and had a very strong impact on the aesthetic of avant-garde fashion as we know it today. He established his label over 30 years ago, has grown his brand into several sublabels and also raised the profile of quite a number of big commercial brands such as adidas (he designs the Y-3 line), Hermès and Madarina Duck with his design collaborations.
In Berlin he presented a magnificent retrospective fashion show that featured his designs from the last 32 years, he gave a talk at Soho house and revealed a visual dialogue with the art space MADE. I was lucky to be a guest at the first and third of these three special events and I am glad to have gotten such a close insight into the work and mind of this man who is so influential for this genre of fashion that I also dedicate a lot of my time and passion to in the last couple of years. Some thoughts and impressions from the Yamamoto events in Berlin after the jump.
photo by DT64
The first of May is one of those days where i prefer to stay home, or at least in my calm neighborhood in North Mitte. Luckily through Instagram I didn’t miss a single exciting moment down at Oranienstraße, Spreewaldplatz or Holzmarkt thanks to all my blogger (and non-blogger) friends who went out into the streets to celebrate. As I’m a big fan of Instagram I collected the most fun shots of May Day in Berlin by my friends from ArtBerlin, Artschoolvets, Digitalsalad, DT64, L’Amour et la Violence, Les Berlinettes, Mit Vergnügen, Sdoeyes, Smaracuja, This Is Jane Wayne and a few more. Thanks so much for capturing these moments! Enjoy my favorite Instagrams from the first of May in Berlin after the jump.
On Thursday a few neighboring shops on the upper Mitte part of the Brunnenstraße joined forces to celebrate Spring with a little street party. Every partaking store had something to offer, starting with drinks and a BBQ by Joris, a fashion sale at VonHey, more drinks and special deals at Pelago Bicycles, and yet another sale and more drinks at Mykita. This was only a small edition to start with, but there are so many more cool places along the street that could join in for a next edition that I hope will come around soon (hopefully while I am still living in the block). Some impressions after the jump.
Thinking about it, I’ve never actually been to a hen night, nor to a bachelor party. I’ve seen this tradition many times when I was still living near Simon-Dach-Strasse in Friedrichshain. A group of hysterical girls with rediculous outfits making a fuzz and invading bars and restaurants to play silly games with innocent bystanders. I’ve always found that to be a quite horrible tradition and hoped none of my friends would ever invite me to something like this. It’s just very unglamorous. When Berlin’s it-girl number one invited me to her bachelorette party, I had no choice but to say yes, because a) I was damn sure her party would be glamorous as hell and b) how can you say no to the lovely and talented Bonnie Strange? And the party was certainly an event of its own class: hot stripper, all male guests in drag (except me), a stretch limo, and a VIP area in a trashy club.
It was really heart-warming to see how much effort Bonnie’s friends put into this and only half-way through the night Bonnie already announced that this was the best night of her life. While I agree that the party was quite a lot of fun I certainly hope that the wedding will be able to top this! Good luck to her and her fiance Jakob, our fellow blogger from Dandy Diary. Some impressions of the night, after the jump
photos: Pascal Rohé
Last Friday my partner Gina and I hosted another one of our Designer Scouts events, for the second time now during the Press Days. With the special event we launched this year’s collaboration with long-term partner SKYY VODKA. It’s now the fourth year that we will be hosting the SKYY VODKA SWAP MARKET happening in late summer. But this year the swapping will not only take place during one event in Berlin, it will happen throughout the whole year all over Germany. SKYY VODKA teamed up with numerous magazines to raffle off many small private swaps taking place in the homes of the lucky winners who will not only get all the equipment they need for the swap party, but also ingredients for delicious cocktails and amazing designer pieces.
Just like the big SKYY VODKA SWAP MARKET the private swaps will also get designer hosts, for this season we’ve selected the sustainable labels Ica Watermelon and Anne Gorke and the avant-garde labels Franziska Michael and Julia Heuse. Those four designer hosts were introduced at the event on Friday with three stunning fashion presentations and one amazing fashion film. At the exclusive pre-swap we also had a couple of outfits by them as well as from Weekday and Front Row Society. Stay tuned to the SKYY VODKA facebook page to find our more about the private swaps.
Thanks to SKYY VODKA for the long collaboration, to our designers for their great presentations and film, to everyone involved in the making of this event and to our partner uber who supplied an exlcusive limousine service for our guests. The impressions of the opening event after the jump on 3 pages.
After a being on hiatus for the past couple of month the infamous Blitz party celebrated its return at a new venue. After its former home Horst Kreuzberg had to close the party now took a test-drive at Bi Nuu which is inside the subway station Schlesisches Tor. It doesn’t look like it from the outside, but this place is huge! It seemed like a nice change of scenary for the excentric New Romantics synth party. Enjoy the impressions after the jump.
photo: Ender Suenni
Last week, hipsters’ beloved Scandinavian label Weekday presented its new sportswear line 1440 in Berlin – a collaboration with talented young designer Nhu Duong. Set in a boxing arena, the fashion presentation reflected the sporty and futuristic attitude of the creations, with models positioned on each corner of the square, showing different outfit-combinations. To continue the sports theme they served fitness drinks and power bars which was a nice idea.
1440 definitely hits my tastes in fashion, with a perfect mix of classic elegance and urban feel – multifunctional and minimalistic at the same time. The collection is clearly inspired by an ergonomic aesthetic, with jerseys, sport jackets, shorts, and accessories in the colors black, white, grey, and neon orange. All the garments are very individual, with print details and technical applications, and reflect beautifully the creativity and coolness of upcoming designer Nhu Duong. Check out the lookbook and more impressions of the event, after the jump.
As it was so much fun the last time our collaboration with Berlin-based fashion label Front Row Society will go into its second round. Last September we presented a colorful collection of oversized digital print Modal scarves that I designed from kaleidoscopic alterations of my party photos and which are still available to buy here. For the second collection I once again went through my archive of party photos to find the best pictures to transform into fun designs. This time they will not only be printed on big scarves, but also on leggins!
You can vote now for your favorite designs by liking the ones you enjoy the most on the Front Row Society Facebook Page. Out of the 13 designs we will turn the 6 most liked into products. The voting ends on Monday, March 11th 2013 at noon. Among all the people who vote we will raffle off 3 of the scarves from the collaboration. Good luck!! If you wonder what photos the designs are based on have a look after the jump to see the original photos and find out where I took them.
On Thursday the renowned Danish design furniture label BoConcept celebrated the launch of their design collaboration with smart in their flagship store at Friedrichstraße. For the collaboration they did not only design their own cute little smart car with special materials such as fine leather, felt and wood, they also came out with a range of individualistic, sustainable and high-end design products including furniture and home accessories. I especially fell in love with the wooden clocks that have the same shape as the instruments of the car’s dashboard. Love them! I made some photos at the release reception for Bettery Magazine which you can see over here with some more infos about the collaboration. You can also see a selection of the photos after the jump.