Li Torres AW14/15
Those of you who follow me on Instagram have probably already noticed that I have once again fled Berlin to my second heart city Buenos Aires. I was actually only looking for sun and warmth, but what I found was actually even better: Buenos Aires Fashion Week, or as they like to call it: BAFWEEK. Of course I took the opportunity to check out some of the local designers with their shows and was pleasantly surprised about how well made the fashion week is here. Of all the shows I watched I chose my favorite ones and presented the first part on Two For Fashion and today the second here on iHeartBerlin. Enjoy my impressions after the jump!
Guys! I know I haven’t been around so much lately, but I am still here and all fruity! Last Saturday I was playing some juicy tunes at the Dorkypark Party at Studio44 (not to be confused with Studio56) after a big plush animal fight that transformed the dancefloor into a fluffy battlefield. Frank did some photos and a very special booty-shake-GIF for you. Enjoy and let’s make another fruit salad soon!
Since my earliest childhood days I was in love with books. The combination of paper, ink and colour was for me the diving board into my own fantasy world. Until the day I learned reading myself, I was forcing all kinds of people to read stories for me. My father worked for the university and we always had young students at home for dinner or even for parties all night long. I remember wandering around the crowded rooms as a little boy and picking up the prettiest girls to read a story for me. The most talented storytellers of the night would then get the honour to read from my dearest pop-up book. Like a small Houdini I was eager to impress the student crowd with the secret magic tricks and illusions my books were capable off.
Growing up I kept them and additionally started collecting more and more pop-up books. Nowadays, I have them on display behind glass in my living room. Some of these books are beautifully illustrated, some have funny gimmicks or even glow in the dark. Not all of them have an artistic or a monetary value. But all of them are impregnated with all kinds of memories from my childhood, when my imagination used to be way more vivid and was able to take me away from real life. Therefore, it let me venture deep into a fierce dark jungle with little monkeys to play, snakes to enchant and wild tigers to tame.
Our movie girl Lia’s project the KreuzbergKalender normally has their events in December during Christmas time. So having a party now seems a bit out of the ordinary, but the reason was that they won the party at Leetchi. So they celebrated Christmas in Febuary together with FluxFM at Fluxbau with a big bang. Enjoy the impressions after the jump!
Last Saturday the kids from SXX SELLS hosted their first Fashion Week special which also acted as a housewarming party for its brand new home, the Palast Neukölln, a new venue at Rollbergstrasse right next to Schwuz. The place is run by party legend Conny Opper who also brought us famous clubs such as Rio, Scala, King Size, the Broken Hearts Club, the Berlin Festival, Flamingo and P.O.P. The place is pretty big, typical Berlin old factory style and quite versatile. I hear it’s going to be an event venue more than a club with regular parties. But we’ll have to see what’s going to happen there in the next weeks and month – we are certainly excited. After the jump some shots from the first party there by the SXX SELLS crew.
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!
photos: Dunja Antic
When visiting or speaking about Berlin Fashion Week you will hear a lot of bitching and nagging how Berlin is so not cool, totally can’t measure up with other cities, is trying to hard and doesn’t have any interesting designers here. Even though I do agree that this season seemed a bit unexciting when I first saw the schedule, I have to admit that I saw some really outstanding collections last week. Among them the ones from Patrick Mohr, Esther Perbandt, Julian Zigerli, Mads Dinesen, and Marina Hoermanseder, to name only a few. I totally disagree with the criticism of Berlin Fashion Week. We very well have interesting designers here, and even if they are not so many, the few are all the better. And as we all know it’s the quality that counts, not the quantity.
Augustin Teboul belong to the exquisit circle of designers that stand out and can absolutely measure up with internationally renowned labels. There collections are always great, but this one was exceptional I think. Maybe because for the first time they also used nude colors instead of all black. But also the pieces themselves and the styling was stunning. Enjoy some shots of the Fall/Winter 2014/15 show titled Equinoxe by Dunja Antic after the jump.
A great team is always ready to win. So far we are really happy that two of our good friends, the Edged Showroom girls and the guys from Kaltblut-Magazine joined forces to support and present young designers. The EDGED Showroom takes place from the 14th to 17th of January on Torstrasse 100 in Mitte and will see emerging names from Taiwan and Sweden present their collections to national and international press and buyers. Our guest photographer Olga Khristolyubova was at the opening and collected some impressions for you guys.
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.
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.