Fashion

A Guide to Berlin Fashion: Menswear

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Berlin has found its place in the global fashion circus. Not in the realm of the big four yet (New York, Paris, Mailand, London), but has made a name of itself for crazy, edgy and experimental fashion designs. No matter where, with fashion the focus mostly lies on women (for a change). However, especially Berlin offers some fine designers showcasing that there is more to menswear than pants and a T-shirt. And, that Berlin can do more than all-black-everything. Here is a collection of our favorite brands making the men of the capital look good.

Andy by Andy
on July 12th, 2017
in Fashion

ElektroCouture: 6 Stunning Futuristic Fashion Projects you need to know

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Innovation in fashion has always been a designer’s pursuit; mixing the primitive purpose of clothing with new materials and techniques, to combine functionality with unique design. On the outset of this Berlin Fashion Week, concept shopping mall Bikini Berlin opened its doors to an innovative exhibition by ElektroCouture,  the Berlin-based fashion technology powerhouse, representing the future of self-expression and style.

ElektroCouture, a leading institution in fashion technology, works with companies in both consulting them, as well as offering active technological support to designers to realize their visions. Natasha from ElektroCouture was there to explain to us all that we were seeing: 15 elaborate fashion concepts, each of which incorporated technology – from glow in the dark designs, to 3D printed materials, the creations were  all astonishing and inspired.

Stella by Stella
on July 6th, 2017
in Fashion

Wear It: The Fashion Tech Festival in Berlin

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photos: Galya Feierman

Wear It Festival, unfolding the world of fashion tech in Palais Kulturbrauerei, offered a profoundly engaging and mind-expanding platform for wear it, discover it, produce it, believe it and network it, and provided a tremendously insightful two-day journey into the nature of IT. Gathering an incredible populace of participants ranging from inventors to fashion designers, from software geeks to academics, from cutting edge international companies to multimedia students, from start-ups, investors, government representatives to colorful wondering fashionistas in bling and synthetic fabrics, among others. The continuous flow of lectures in the auditorium added a few credits to your future masters degree while the foyer provided a trade fair-like exhibition of the latest merchandise and prototypes attracting future producers, collaborators and consumers.

Throughout the building the conversation continued and the visitors were drawn like moths to the numerous LED lights of high tech, brought together by workshops and free coffee and cake breaks and entertained by music and visuals. Kulturbrauerei’s scraped old walls joined in a familiar Berlin recipe with neon lights and synth sounds, but also counterpoised the sleek and refined appearance of future technology that is already happening now.

by Guest Author
on June 15th, 2017
in Design, Fashion, Photos

How to Dress for Berlin’s Nightlife

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Pornceptual, House of Red Doors, Gegen, Revolver and basically every Klubnacht at Berghain – Fetish and sex positive parties are taking over the capital. From being more of a niche branch years back, sexy, kinky fashion has become the new normal on the dance floors. So, the question is no longer: “What’re you gonna wear tonight?” but more: “How much are you gonna wear tonight?”. Being fully naked is easy, but choosing just the right amount of fabric to make everyone be like: “Oh wow! DAMN!”. That’s the fashion challenge here! For anyone who wants to join the party, but does not feel quite ready for this less-is-more fashion extravaganza – Here are some go-to-looks that never get old.

Andy by Andy
on April 28th, 2017
in Fashion, Party

A Not So Typical First Time Visit at Berghain

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Maison Mason, photo: Daniel Gebhardt

Berlin is one of the most versatile capitals of the world when it comes to all its locations. It was fun to have been thrown in this little town with no previous knowledge – I still remember setting foot on Kottbusser Tor for the first time, entirely by chance, way more appalled than inspired, completely unaware of Kreuzberg’s undeniable magic that I’d grow addicted to.

Michalina by Michalina
on April 9th, 2017
in Fashion, Party, Photos, Stories

Street Portraits: „What is special about Berlin?”

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We took a stroll around the streets of Berlin this weekend and asked people what they think makes Berlin special. See for yourself and let us know your opinion in the comments!

Alicia by Alicia
on February 26th, 2017
in Fashion, People

Berlin Goods: Sustainable & long lasting Bags from Berlin

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There recently seems to be more awareness in the fashion world in terms of the consequences of our choices. We feel more and more guilty about having a stack of clothes at home we don’t even wear. Meanwhile, clothing brands have been adopting a new approach: H&M, for instance, has introduced permanent Conscious-collections, Weekday followed with a so-called Remains-Collection and & Other Stories asked their customers to bring in their empty beauty packaging. All of them actually offer their clients a possibility to bring in their old clothes in order to get discounts or other profits so that the fashion cycle actually is concluded.

In Berlin, we have been conscious of sustainable fashion concepts from the very beginning. Just take the Greenshowroom and Ethical Fashion Show that assembles international top players from the eco-fashion-segment each year. Berlin, as the capital of veganism is definitely bringing a lot of inspirations and potential for fair and sustainable fashion into the world and designers build their young brands based on those values.

When it comes to bags, not solely fashion, it still seems hard to find the real pearls in the city, though. That’s why we put together a list of amazing bag labels that are sustainable and/ or fairly produced as well.

Alicia by Alicia
on February 23rd, 2017
in Fashion

What’s Berlin Style for you?

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After Berlin Fashion Week and just during the international fashion shows, there comes the question of the definition of a city’s style again. The Parisians are oh so sophisticated and a hot mess, NYC is chic and cool as ice at the same time. And is there one Berlin look? Definitely not. But do we really have to justify ourselves that we’re not as glamorous, or is our definition of allurement just something else? Anyways, we took a look around the streets in Berlin Mitte and asked people about what they think about the Berlin Look. Let us know about your opinion on Berlin style in the comments!

Alicia by Alicia
on February 12th, 2017
in Fashion, Misc., People

Esther Perbandt Steals the Show at Berlin Fashion Week

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Esther Perbandt won Fashion Week! I said that to her after her spectacular show on Tuesday, well aware that Fashion Week was not a contest to be won. She laughed and said, “but it’s only the first day”. And I responded: “Who do you think is going to top that?”

The show – her second one on the main stage of the historic theater – was a true happening that will be spoken about for years to come. We all knew that we were in for a treat when we waited in anticipation for the show to begin. The stage is just too exquisit and larger than life for it to be only a simple runway show. And it wasn’t and that’s what’s so great about Esther. She got it, as one of the few designers in Berlin (maybe even the only one) that to properly present a vision you have to do more than just send some models down a runway. You want the people to feel something, you want these feelings to be associated with your designs and your brand. As a designer you have so much more to say than the design of one garment could ever express. There is a whole vision attached to it, something that I guess is really hard to materialize. But Esther gave us a great look into her vision with this show. She proved to be more than a designer, she’s a true visionary.

As you can easily guess from my words above I am still quite in awe about the event. But I promise you, I was not the only one. After the curtain fell the people left the hall with glowing eyes full of excitement. I have never seen a crowd leave a fashion show with such enthusiasm. And you could feel it also in the after party because this was much more than the usual standing around, looking good and sipping on drinks affair. The people were still ecstatic and joyfully danced the night away. Of course the delicious drinks by World Class and Belsazar Vermouth also had something to do with the good mood ;)

I feel privileged to call Esther my friend, I feel proud to have been involved in this amazing event. I can’t wait to see the video of the show and relive these breath-taking moments (stay tuned for that). For now let’s enjoy the photos of the party. Here’s to Esther Perbandt!

Frank by Frank
on January 20th, 2017
in Fashion, Party

A Fashionable Car Revealed at Berlin Fashion Week

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What happens when a car is designed not by an automobile designer but by a fashion stylist? You will find out this week during Berlin Fashion Week…

It makes a lot of sense. The sophisticated individualists of today expect a certain level of style from every product they surround themselves with. It doesn’t stop at fashion, interior design and consumer electronics. It’s only natural that they desire their cars to match their aesthetics as well. The smart BRABUS tailor made program is the clever answer to this as it gives customers the chance to design the slick city car in the colors and with the features they wish.

Frank by Frank
on January 17th, 2017
in Fashion, Products