From London with love. British womenswear designer Charlie May is descending on the fashionable city of Berlin for her new collection launch this week. If you haven’t heard the name Charlie May yet, I guarantee you will soon – and then you won’t forget it. IT-girl, award-winning blogger, and fashion graduate of the University of the West of England, Charlie May creates incredible designs that blur the lines between day and evening wear, through striking cross-styles, impeccable finishes and a unique mix of high-end fabrics and intrinsic cuts. Her designs are always on point, only surpassed by her curiosity for new shapes and the tenacity with which she pursues her search for a minimalist style. More about it, after the jump!
The classic Converse Chuck Taylor, one of the most iconic sneakers of all time, is up for a reboot. Launched earlier this week, the new Chuck II comes as a high top and low cut in 4 different colors, with improved materials and functionality, turning this classic sneaker into a piece of contemporary footwear.
To celebrate the release, Converse teamed up with some of the world’s most creative visual artists and photographers to create artworks in the spirit of the new Chuck Taylor All Star II. After the jump you can see some of these.
Bobby Kolade SS16, photo: Huss/Truong
Today we would like to offer you our juiciest piece of our seasonal Berlin Fashion Week cake: Our favorite collections. We’ve had a great time checking out all the shows and presentations and it was truely a wild and inspiring season. Never before have we seen so much colors and unconventional designs on the runway of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin. A big toast to all the designers who have dared to be more progressive and less conformative this summer. Enjoy our highlights after the jump.
photo: Olga Khristolyubova
We are in love. With the super charming outdoor runway presentation of the new Spring/Summer 2016 collection by Julian Zigerli. With the cute fingerpaint-style illustrations and the smudges pattern on the fabrics. With the special grass make-up. With the natural setting in the park. With the cool new heart-shaped Zigerli sunglasses, a collaboration with Lunettes Kollektion. With the male models walking hand in hand down the runway which became such an iconic image of this season’s Berlin Fashion Week. And with the lovely backstage and show impressions of our talented photo contributor Olga Khristolyubova. Enjoy a magnificent photo series after the jump.
photos: Hiroyuki Koshikawa
Another Berlin Fashion Week is over and we are overwhelmed with impressions (and our hard drives with photos) from all the different shows and events. In the next couple of days we’ll be releasing some of the highlights of last week, starting with one of the coolest menswear shows from the official runway. We’ve followed and adored the work of Berlin-based label SADAK now for a few years, not only his fashion, but also his costumes that he did for theater pieces and exhibitions. For many years SADAK has been mostly focussing on the Asian market with his progressive and daring menswear, but since last season he has been showing in Berlin, too.
His new collection that he presented on the official runway last week brought up an interesting concept that I am sure will cause some heated discussion. Some of his outfits were inspired by Burkas and one print was depicting to characters wearing all kind of Burkas. The Burka is quite a controversial symbol from the Muslim religion and culture and I think it’s not an overstatement to say that “playing” with this symbol is in a way daring. It will certainly provoke your thoughts. Yet, it is interesting that he did what Claudio asked for last season in this article. To bring some diversity and some cultural dialogue on the runway of a usually quite commercial fashion week.
But apart from this the rest of his collection didn’t need any strong symbols as they show an immense growth of the designer in his style, it’s probably the most sophisticated collection I have seen from him. Enjoy some backstage impressions by our guest contributor Hiroyuki Koshikawa after the jump.
For a few years now the fashion shows by Berlin avant-garde designer Esther Perbandt have been not only about fashion but also about performance and music. For her 10th anniversary last year she had an experimental choir and an expressive dancer open her big show at the Volksbühne. The following season she herself stepped into the spotlight singing live for the first time during her fashion show. This season Esther once more created a bridge to the world of music and theater bringing in the opera singers Nadja Michael and Felix Räuber who were performing magnificently to the electronic soundscapes by Sven Helbig.
Of course such a music-driven fashion show requires a sound expert as a partner. Already for the second time Esther Perbandt has teamed up with the Berlin-based company Raumfeld that produces high quality wireless multi-room speaker systems that play music in true high fidelity thanks to the use of high-end audio components and the playback of lossless audio files. We featured the brand a while ago with an interview and store visit of their shop at Bikini Berlin and we also got to try out one of their impressive speaker sets. During the fashion show of Esther Perbandt we spotted several Raumfeld Stereo Cubes all over the place which we remember from our interview is one of their best reviewed products.
Some backstage impressions, the show review and photos of the new collection after the jump. Enjoy!
Even though the extreme heatwave is over in Berlin, yesterday was still a pretty warm day and it got pretty hot at some of the fashion shows. The fashion presentation of the young Berlin-based label Vonschwanenflügelpupke that was part of the exclusive selection of designers at the Berliner Modesalon at Kronprinzenpalais was no exception and everyone was using their tickets to manually fan some air into their faces. Luckily the label presented a collection that was a refreshing distraction from the heat: Flowey, silky blouses, skirts, dresses and scarves in cooling blue and white colors and with prints of hot air balloons, birds and butterflies in an airy set-up with a background full of huge white balloons really took your mind away from the sweaty, sticky reality, right up into the sky.
To give it even more of a fresh breath the label collaborated with the cutting-edge ventilator brand Dyson who incorporated their elegant design fans into the show bringing the garments, hairstyles and balloons into motion with a light breeze. The fans made for some fascinating eye-catchers as their blade-less design makes you wonder how they actually work and create the wind with just a minimalist ring on a stand. You were tempted to put your hand through the ring to reveal the magic, but it remained mysterious. But nonetheless I think everyone was happy to get a soft wind blowing around their noses during the presentation. We have some animated impressions of the show for you after the jump and if you want to know a more about Dyson have a look at their website.
photos: Michael Wittig
In a time where fashion needs to be fast, easy and sellable it’s a pretty ballsy move from the ESMOD School of Design to push their students to such eccentric and conceptual collections. Many other design school have resorted to a more market-oriented design philosophy which I can totally understand, but it’s really sad because it kind of kills the idea that fashion should be inspiring and innovative. If you just follow the pressure of the market you are not really being inspiring or innovative at all.
When I look at the new collections of the graduates from ESMOD I see only creativity, wild ideas and big dreams. This is why I enjoy the ESMOD shows more and more each year because they are such a source of entertainment and inspiration for me. What I also appreciate is the level of sophistication that has improved significantly each year. I know the school is really tough and demanding on their students, but the results are excellent. Let’s have a look at some of my favorite collections (which are almost all of them that were shown this past Saturday) and see if we can find the next Marina Hoermanseder in there somewhere.
Our blogger colleagues from Dandy Diary once again kicked off the Berlin Fashion Week with their infamous party, this time in a quite unusual night club at Potsdamer Straße. As always there was tons of fun to have and I was swinging my camera in the air as if there was no tomorrow. Enjoy the impressions after the jump!
UY, photo: Evelyn Bencicova
This summer the Berlin Fashion Week is kind of breaking a new record! While in the early years the term “week” has never really been deserved, it seems now that we can soon rename it to “weeks”. For the first time the Fashion Week stretches out over 9 days with all its satellite and unofficial fashion events scheduled around the official program of Mercedes-Benz. But this is not the only novelty! The MBFW has outsourced its smaller runway “The Stage” to the me Collectors Room gallery in Mitte. This is actually a pretty amazing space and I can’t wait to see shows there. I’m so glad I don’t have to bike all the way down to the Brandenburger Gate anymore to see some shows. But enough with that! Now it’s time to give you once again our huge Berlin Fashion Week Event & Party Guide with the best public events, shows and parties of the week. Enjoy!