Photos: Mercedes Benz Fashion
Berlin Fashion Week has come and already gone, which means I finally have some time to make sense of the menswear madness of this season. Men’s Fall/Winter fashion has never really been a draw at Berlin Fashion Week, but this January there were definitely a few shows who made it the perfect fashionistas catcher. From upcoming designers who raised the bar, to impeccable classic designs, and to the occasional ‘wtf?’, Berlin Fashion Week was again a great surprise. After a marathon through shows and some catching up online, I broke down the 8 Best Menswear collections that mattered most this season. Enjoy them after the jump!
photos: Olga Khristolyubova
The first show we visited during the Berlin Fashion Week was the runway show of Sadak. We were really happy for our friend Saša Kovačević that he got the chance to show his colorful and extravagant menswear at the Berlin Fashion Week for the first time. His style is a bold mix of archaic folklore patterns and decorations and hip hop cuts. For sure his fashion is extremely unique and worth keeping an eye on. We sent our talented photographer Olga to take some backstage photos for you. Enjoy them after the jump.
Last night our dearest fellow bloggers of Dandy Diary once again threw the most significant Fashion Week party of the season and guess what, once again it was a colorful and fun blast. The theme was psychedelic 60s and 70s and boy do these Dandy fans take the dresscode to a next level. We saw some awesome outfits and my camera had a lot of fun capturing all of the beauties. Enjoy the impressions on 3 pages after the jump.
I think especially in sad and confusing times as these we all need a little bit of love and hope. To give you some positive thoughts today I would like to show you this wonderfully romantic photo series by Ines Kotarac. She create a little love story of two people that actually never met. Taken with an analogue camera on various locations in Berlin including the Tempelhof field she blends these two individuals together as if their story actually really belongs together. Enjoy the photo series after the jump.
With so many parties going on at New Year’s Eve the choice was more than hard. As we feel quite connected to the new venue Konzulát (we made our 7th Anniversary events here) at Leipziger Strasse we of course ended up here to celebrate the new year and obviously I had my camera with me to capture some impressions of the night for you! Enjoy after the jump and check out their new Facebook page where they will release more photos of my set later on. A happy new year to all of you!
Christmas time in Berlin is really special because everybody is gone. It feels a little bit like in one of these apocalyptic movies where the people slowly disappear. Most of the restaurants close. Even some Spätshops that you thought would be open around the clock shut down for Christmas. But we would like to remind you that it wasn’t always like that. There was a time where people actually stayed here to celebrate.
As usual for special occasions everybody is taking pictures on Christmas. Even my 83 old grandmother takes a selfie in front of the Christmas decorations. Since the uprise of photography in the every day life, people took pictures on Christmas. We went for a little time travel and collected the most interesting historical pictures of the last century for you. From shopping window displays in the 20s to Nazi-Santas and snowmans of the border between East and West, we tried to represent the adventurous and sometimes troubled history our city went trough. As you see Christmas ist not only a good time for helping others but also to spread your specific propaganda. A very interesting history lesson we should get out of these images. We hope you enjoy it.
On Saturday evening Berlin Festival initiator and owner of legendary former clubs Rio, Scala and Flamingo Conny Opper and his beautiful partner in crime Liz Paige openen their brand new super-venue the Konzulát with a big bang. Located in the former Czechoslovakian Cultural Institute that was also host to our 7 Years of iHeartBerlin events, the Cee Cee Berlin book release party and vernissage of the latest issue of OE Magazine it is one massive space that’s going to enrich Berlin with some exciting events of the creative and cultural scene of the city. For the opening they invited amazing DJs such as Munk, Jack Tennis, Kaos, Lars Eidinger and Schowi, with a live concert by the amazing Schwarz Don’t Crack and a surprise performance by a super fun punk rock brass band. Some impressions of the night after the jump on 2 pages.
Ballet dancing is one of the finest expressions of European culture. It created the creative base for today’s contemporary dance all over the world, and it’s also an art form with the perfect balance between lightness and power. Watching a ballet dancer perform is one of the most visually compelling experiences, and I am so glad that we have one of the most talented ballet companies here in Berlin: Staatsballett Berlin.
Combining their unique beauty with the rough urbanity of Berlin’s architectural landscape, we had a unique vision: shooting a fashion story showcasing a dance rehearsal on the rooftops of Berlin. Bringing new attention to the city’s rich cultural heritage, fashion photographer Olga Khristolyubova portrayed two of the most skilled dancers from Staatsballet: Sarah Mestrovic and Kevin Pouzou. Sarah is a native Berliner who has been enrolled in the company for ten years. She combines her artistic experience with a creative spark, making her move with lightness and passion over the roof of our shoot. Kevin is a french dancer who has been living and dancing in Berlin for 8 years now. His majestic beauty is nothing compared to his bravery and strength. Neither were afraid to move and bend over the abyss of the streets surrounding them; creating incredible images for us.
Since we shot on the last weekend of November, the air was already cold as ice, though the sun was fortunately shining. On top of their rehearsal gear, they wore Goose Feel down jackets and knits from We are Knitters: the perfect combination of warmth to help the dancers extend over the top of Berlin’s skyline, while also staying super-light and incredibly flexible so as to allow them to bend, leap and soar unimpeded while performing their magic. Enjoy the whole shoot after the jump, and stay tuned for the animated pictures soon to come.
Foto: Dima Povernov
We love to publish party pictures because it’s a way of showing the diversity of Berlins nightlife. Sometimes hip, rarely posh, trashy, glamorous and often underground, we tried to show you the multitude of the club and party scene. Just before the weekend starts, we have some special eye candy for you showcasing the creativity of the drag scene of Berlin. Dima Povernov is a freelance photographer who took some pictures at Pansy Presents: Disney Darlings at Südblock a couple of weeks ago. If you want to see how the drag version of the Little Mermaid, the Queen of Hearts, Shir Kahn and all the other lovely disney characters looked, you should definitely check out the pictures after the jump.
The Hungarian Contemporary Dance Festival, that is happening here in Berlin at Dock11 from December 15th – 21st 2014, is bringing a very special dance company to our city. When I reviewed the program of the festival the Pal Frenak Compagnie really stood out as the highlight among all the participants. The Budapest and Paris-based company that has a long-standing history in both cities since 1998 is bringing something to our stages that we get to see quite rarely in contemporary dance here: sensuality. Whenever I see a dance piece here in Berlin I would describe the style as bizarre, destructive, conceptual and sometimes humorous – but never sensual. This seems to be some kind of taboo. With the performances of Pal Frenak this rule does not apply because he brings out the gracefulness and beauty of the human body and its movements in all of its glory and without coyness. His dancers create images full of sensuality bringing together impeccable choreographies with revealing physicalness. Get a taste of their work with some images of their current productions and don’t miss two opportunities to see them here in Berlin on December 12th at .CHB and on December 15th at Dock11. Check out the program of the Hungarian Contemporary Dance Festival here.