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.
At first glance, what captured my attention about Viktoria Modesta was the look in her eyes—they’re alluring, burning with ambition and sex appeal—and then, as the camera pans down in the music video for her single Prototype, I noticed something strange. A needle held by surgical-gloved hands rose into the air, as did a gleaming knife marked in red, while she sat there in her thrown, surrounded by red-robed characters. We go on to discover that she sports a prosthetic left leg, seen as a source of power and revolution throughout the music video, which was made for Channel 4’s Born Risky campaign set to challenge society’s stereotypes. And she does exactly that, strutting and dancing with a with a Swarovski leg and a bionic leg that gives Lady Gaga a run for her money, as the story raises her to a higher power, worshipped by the younger generation in secrecy. Many girls grow up dreaming of becoming pop stars, complete with a media-generated idea of the perfect body image. And now British singer, songwriter and model Viktoria Modesta is here to stomp all over that. Check out this rising star and fashion muse with her iconic leg, as well as the music video for Prototype after the jump.
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.
Sometimes you just wanna go wild in the Berlin U-Bahn and be all bad-ass, punk-rock, ghetto-kid style. Well, at least that’s what’s going on every Friday night in the U8… For their 3rd anniversary our friends from Kaltblut Magazine borrowed these popular Berlin antics and shot a short film in the bathroom stalls, subways and photo automats of Berlin starring Elizabeth Ehrlich, directed by Tatjana Meirelles, produced by Jack Alexandre and with fashion and styling by Berlin-based streetwear label Nico Sutor. The result is a typical Friday night out in Berlin – with tits out and all! Enjoy and congrates to the makers of Kaltblut for their 3rd anniversary!
No real Berliner rushes into the busy nightlife without checking his outfit from top to the bottom . However one detail goes mostly unnoticed in the dark caves of the Berlin techno clubs: The Party Shoes.
Too bad, because nothing can enhance an outfit more than the right choice of shoes. We wanted to give the party shoe the right center stage and spared no effort to bring it into the spotlight. Some of you guys have such amazing shoes that it’s time now for a real photographic tribute to them. And I also want to apologize to all of you who I have flashed right into the face when pointing the camera to the shoes… so sorry you were blind for the rest of the party!
But recently we noticed that unusual shoes appear rarely on our radar. If you look on the floor of the Berlin Night Clubs you realize why: Broken glass, dirt, beer bottles and especially the tramping shoes of the other party guests turn any Cinderella Highheel into a pitch black witch boot.
No wonder no one has the desire to wear new white sneakers or beautiful leather shoes at a party. But recently, there seems to be a happy ending to this story in sight. The online shop Zalando has started a blog about small fashion life hacks that makes life a little easier. Among other things, it also teaches you how to clean white sneaker after partying hard. How this works is explained in a short tutorial video after the jump. In addition, there is the opportunity to win a Zalando voucher worth 1500 Euro. More party shoe photos and all the infos after the jump.
photo: Maxime Ballesteros
With our beloved Mayor Klaus Wowereit leaving his post it also seems that his once so popular slogan “Berlin is poor but sexy” seems no longer suitable. Berlin is still not exactly rich, but with the developement of the past 5 years you can’t simply label it as poor – “It’s complicated” would describe it more appropriatly. But one thing is sure: Berlin is still damn sexy. And that’s not just because of all the rediculously hot bearded guys and cute girls in town. It’s because Berlin is still one of the most sexually liberal, expressive and diverse cities you will come across on this planet. It’s ruthlessness, mysteriousness and unexpectedness is what draws so many people here and gives them the pleasure of a lifetime.
To celebrate Berlin’s sexyness we compiled a contemporary guide to the erotic side of Berlin featuring all the sexy places in town including shops, parties, galleries and activites. And for the new Mayor we have a suggestions for Berlin’s next slogan: “Cool and sexy”.
Please also check the Friendly Berlin App for our special Sexy Berlin route that features also some more places such as sexy bars and restaurants. Enjoy!
This year saw the release of a few really amazing Berlin-themed books and we thought it was about time we are compiling a list of the best of them. It’s a really diverse selection that includes Berlin guides, stories about the history of the city, photography and fashion. Some of the books were done by friends, fellow bloggers and colleagues and we are really proud of the work that they have done. Have a look after the jump for our 10 essential Berlin books that should be in all of your shelves!
Today we finally have a brand new Cinéma de Mode for you after we served you such a big load at our first live CdM fashion film event in October. Of course for the come back we wanted something special, so it’s not just an ordinary film, but something rather special and unique. It’s a fun interactive film from online fashion boutique ASOS who created a music video for upcoming British girl band Juce and her new song The Heat.
But this is not just a normal music video, here you can change the whole color theme of the video during playback. You see the girls perform their song in a colorful and playful set along with some cute boy models. But if you click the color bars in the bottom all the colors and clothes change immediatly so you ultimately have 5 different versions to change back and forth between. Enjoy the fun interactive music video by ASOS for Juce after the jump.
UPDATE: We have some great news for all the fans of ASOS: They gave us a pair of £100 vouchers for you to spend in their shop. Learn how to win after the jump.
photos: Fabian Frost
Undoubtly one of the strongest qualities of Berlin is its pulsating nightlife with an endless amount of bars, clubs, DJs and musicians. Especially the local techno scene is one of the most progressive and impressive music scenes in the entire world.
The young jewellery label GONEBERLIN has dedicated their first collection to Berlin’s techno clubs creating solid silver necklaces and brass key rings that resemble abstract versions of some of the most famous techno clubs in Berlin. These unique, locally handcrafted pieces become the perfect memonto of all the amazing parties that you will otherwise only remember by a thumping headache on the next day. The label is not commenting on which clubs they have used as inspiration for the pendants, but if you know your favorite club you will surely recognize it. Among them are the Golden Gate, Chalet, Berghain and the Bunker which is home for the Boros art collection now, but used to be a famous techno club in the 80s and 90s.
The jewellery is available in a strongly limited edition on the GONEBERLIN website and if you want to check it out live you should visit the Berlin Design Market at Neue Heimat this coming Saturday on November 8th 2014 from 13-22h. Enjoy some photos of the collection after the jump.
On Thursday the high-end streetwear branch Demin & Supply of luxury fashion label Ralph Lauren celebrated the third and final part of their Project Warehouse series here in Berlin. The project evolved around the idea of combining the creative fields of fashion and art with urbanity and featured collaborations with international artists such as DJ AVICII and Alexa Meade.
For the final part they comissioned London-based artist Arran Gregory to remodel the front of a house with his graphical artwork that he is known for. Of course this needed to be celebrated and the amazing venue of the Kaufhaus Jandorf at Weinbergspark was the perfect place for it. Here a retrospective exhibition of Gregory’s work was combined with a batch of creative workshops inspired by his work. The guests of the event could dive right into the mind of the artist reproducing his iconic illustrations with silk screen prints on demin fabric. In another corner of the venue a huge white set with many props was erected that became the canvas for a big communal artwork where all the guests could contribute drawings and writings with black pens or paint brushes.
As a third workshop the guys from Impossible Project were invited to take Polaroid photos of the guests and instruct them to manipulate the instant photos with heat or chemicals or transfer the photos onto other surfaces to turn them into little artworks. How fun that was! Enjoy some impressions of the creative event after the jump.