There is an unbelievably high amount of fashion designers here in Berlin, but when it comes to shoes it’s quite a different story. Being a shoe designer seems to be a rare calling here in Berlin which is really disappointing for me because I really love shoes. However, the few local shoe labels have all the more attention and that is a good thing.
One of them is the Berlin-based label VELT that is currently hosting a pop-up shop at The WYE at Skalitzer Str. 86. Their menswear line of shoes is really the perfect mix of classic shapes and subtle colors with enough unusual and playful details to make this an interesting shoe while still being wearable and not too crazy looking for the less fashionably daring gender. I particularily like their new summer collection that features a few models with cut-outs. They’re not sandals, but still quite airy and perfect for warmer temperatures of the season. Have a closer look after the jump and make sure to try them on at the pop-up shop.
Our pro-active blogger colleagues and sexbombs of Dandy Diary are at it again getting their fingers in the Berlin fashion scene. After their huge success story of the Dandy Diary Fashion Week party and multiple fashin films they are now stirring up the German Press Days with the #dandydiaryspace that is going to be open this week at Rosenthaler Platz with a daily program of fashion-related events. Today they start the week with the launch of the new limited edition T-Shirt collection by Hood by Air with New York-based photographer Kevin Amato who will also showcase some of his work there. During the week there will also be a “Dandy Talk”, a fashion presentation by Paris-based avant-garde streetwear label ASSK and a couple of parties. To see the schedule and some previews have a look after the jump.
In today’s Cinéma de Mode we have the prelude to artist Gabriel Shalom‘s new project Faces of N., an incredible video which questions the multiplicity of identity and the way clothes express our different personalities. The two-minute prelude portrays Nicole Roscher from the fashion label Von Bardonitz in her personal wardrobe dressing in front of a three-paneled mirror, which reflects a visual counterpoint of images of the different outfits. The video is an introduction to a new live audio-visual performance premiering this spring in Berlin. Check it out after the jump!
Today, our Cinéma de Mode brings to you the first ever & Other Stories‘s fashion film, Rendez-vous & Other Stories, a humoristic and fun short directed by Los-Angeles based filmmaker Wendy McColm. The film is a satirical story which confronts the cliché portrayal of female characters within the fashion genre by capturing the tormented soul of self-indulgent bohemian French actress and blogger Jeanne Damas who cannot decide which clothes from the & Other Stories’ summer collection to wear. Enjoy the playful film after the jump!
In the latest episode of our Cinéma de Mode we have the interactive, motion-touch short film Mine directed by Tell No One and commissioned by Nowness. The two-minute magical fashion film stars five contemporary dancers from London’s Sadler’s Wells Theater engaging in a beautiful choreography by Paolo Mangiola. As the film progresses, Spring/Summer designer pieces are introduced, shifting from body to body in an elegant game of chase. Enjoy the fascinating short after the jump!
In today’s Cinéma de Mode we have the latest episode of i-D Magazine‘s series More Than a Model, which stars 17-year-old sporty schoolgirl and supermodel Rosie Tapner in the beautiful Berkshire countryside. The brilliant film directed by French collective AB/CD/CD and styled by Julia Sarr-Jamois, shows an extremely skilled Rosie playing Lacross in a Neil Barrett jumper, sprinting after the ball in a Nike look, hopping onto her horse in Gucci jodhpurs, and finally sitting down for tea in a Chanel twinset. Enjoy her sporting prowess in the i-D tutorial after the jump!
One of my favorite designers, Paris-based Rad Hourani, is celebrating 5 years of his unisex label with an exhibition and party in Berlin this Saturday organized by avant-garde concept store Oukan and in attendance of the designer himself. The store at Kronenstr. 71 in Mitte will showcase some of his latest Haute Couture pieces as well as his 5 Years of Unisex exhibition that also comes in the form of book. The afterparty takes place at DEAN at Rosenthaler Str. 9 starting at 22h. You can get tickets for the party at the store. Oukan is so far the only retailer in Germany selling Rad Hourani’s amazing collections. After the jump you can get a taste of his latest Rad by Rad Hourani line.
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!
photo: Lea Colombo for Dazed Digital
One of the biggest – if not the THE biggest – highlights of the fashion world is happening today at 10:06h in the morning: The womenswear fashion show of Louis Vuitton for Autumn/Winter 2014-15 in Paris. The LV shows are not simply runway shows, they are spectacles with big impressive sets, stunning designs and the creme de la creme of celebrities in the front row. If you don’t believe me head over to Dazed Digital that have some wonderful photos of the last show that had glamorous escalators, a mary-go-round and a fountain. Of course it’s super hard to get a ticket, that’s why Louis Vuitton is also streaming the show live on their website as well as on a small selection of blogs such as ours. So if you want to be amazed by the latest Vuitton show, look no further than behind the jump for the live stream.
In the latest episode of our Cinema de Mode we have the beautiful 6-minute fashion short Awake, by the Berlin Fashion Film Festival Award-winner Martin Monk, in collaboration with Berlin-based designer Hien Le & Interview Magazine. Awake is an aesthetic exploration of dream and reality, telling the story of a couple that has yet to be found. Highlight of the film is Hien Le’s stunning FW 2014 collection, with its classic and simple cuts inspired by modern architectural silhouettes. Enjoy the film after the jump.