Today we are launching a new format on the blog: The Fitting Room. This new series will give us the chance to do something we have actually done for quite a while, but never really took full advantage of: Meeting designers we like in their studio and trying on their amazing clothes. But from now on, whenever we will get the chance to do this, we will bring our camera and take pictures to present you their designs here on iHeartBerlin.
We’ll start with Sopopular today, a young Berlin-based menswear label run by designer Daniel Blechman who we visted a few weeks ago in his studio in Kreuzberg. The label is in its fourth year now and has created quite the buzz with their latest Autumn/Winter 2013/14 collection titled The Wild Ones which they presented in the Studio of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week back in January and earned great applause. For their campaign and fashion film they used some bad-boy-style tattooed models that really hit the nerve of the current fashion aesthetics. In their collection they made the smart move of combining current trends such as studs and crochet with their own unique signature silhouettes and fabric mixes. This way they created a look that is both commercially appealing while still maintaining a post-modern attitude. Enjoy the new Sopopular designs worn and photographed by Devid and me.
This week’s Cinéma de Mode brings to you the beautiful fashion film Girls on Bikes by Nehemias Colindres for the latest ready-to-wear collection of Berlin-based designer Antoniya Ivanova. The video showcases the perfect solution for fashionable Berliners riding their bicycle with this year’s peculiar weather patterns: A collection of stylish and unconventional raincoats that do not only let you look good on your bike but are also breathable, comfortable and suitable for every season. The fashion film reflects Ivanova’s elegance and simplicity, yet underlining the creativity and high quality work invested in every single piece. Enjoy some Berlin atmosphere and have a closer look at Ivanova’s beautiful rainwear collection after the jump.
For today’s Cinéma de Mode we want to show you the brand new powerful and passionate fashion film Kurze Pause by Berlin-based fashion stylist and film director Mudhar Al Khufash. Kurze Pause tells an intense and disturbing fashion tale through a highly sensitive combination of beauty images and emotional torments, which reflect Mudhar Al Khufash’s avant-garde visualization and artistic fantasy. Explore the clashes and diverse dimensions of Khufash’s latest black & white film, after the jump.
About a week ago our beloved capital was graced with a visit by legendary Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto. If you haven’t heard of him before (shame on you!) he is one of the most groundbreaking designers of our time and had a very strong impact on the aesthetic of avant-garde fashion as we know it today. He established his label over 30 years ago, has grown his brand into several sublabels and also raised the profile of quite a number of big commercial brands such as adidas (he designs the Y-3 line), Hermès and Madarina Duck with his design collaborations.
In Berlin he presented a magnificent retrospective fashion show that featured his designs from the last 32 years, he gave a talk at Soho house and revealed a visual dialogue with the art space MADE. I was lucky to be a guest at the first and third of these three special events and I am glad to have gotten such a close insight into the work and mind of this man who is so influential for this genre of fashion that I also dedicate a lot of my time and passion to in the last couple of years. Some thoughts and impressions from the Yamamoto events in Berlin after the jump.
Today’s Cinéma de Mode brings you a fashion film by Andrea Deanesi & Luke Glover for the current 2013 collection SPIINE of jewelry label Mies Nobis. Founded in 2011 by Berlin-based Australian designer Millicent Nobis, the unique jewelry brand has always distinguished itself for its statement pieces inspired by animalistic shapes such as horns, teeth and bones, reshaped into abstract forms. In her latest collection Millicent expresses once again her sculptural and structural style through the avantgardistic design and distinct character of every single piece, resulting in an amazing collection of headbands, necklaces, rings and cuffs, all made of Sterling Silver. Have a look at Mies Nobis’ refined reincarnations after the jump.
For the third interview of our series The Berlin Experts we talked with Arne Eberle, founder and director of fashion agency Arne Eberle Press+Sales and editor-in-chief of Œ Magazine. For many years Arne Eberle has been supporting talented German designers, believing in their creativity and presenting the most outstanding collections not only at Berlin Fashion Week, but also at international trade shows and events. Among the highlights of his accomplishments is definitely the Collect Showroom for contemporary fashion, the ultimate platform to promote the quality, skills and creativity of local designers. Enjoy Arne Eberle’s thoughts on Berlin and its ever-growing fashion scene after the jump.
Last week Louis Vuitton opened their latest Maison in the historical Residenzpost in Munich. And by Maison I don’t mean a regular old house – with this term the French brand describes their special line of flagship stores that represent their whole line of products plus a few extra features such as custom made shoes for the gents, custom made handbags for the lady and customized travel gear for both. This one is only the 5th Maison in Europe and the 20th in the whole world, so it was quite a big deal. A big deal is also the house it moved into. The Residenzpost is probably one of the most prestigeous homes they have, and as coincidence has it, the construction of the building was comissioned in the same year as good ol’ Louis started his business some 150 years ago. I suppose it might have very well been fate that these two entities are coming together in 2013.
As I already teased last week my fellow bloggers from LesMads, Josie Loves, Cherry Blossom Girl, Horstson and I traveled to Munich to join the big opening ceremony. It was – as always – a magnificent event with famouses over famouses including Hollywood icon Uma Thurman, topmodel Franziska Knuppe, and a whole league of young German actors such as Kostja Ullmann, Hannah Herzsprung, and Alexandra Neldel. At the party we were delighted with the live performance by Marina and the Diamonds and fun DJ sets by Palina and Schowi. Enjoy my impressions of the big opening of the Louis Vuitton Maison München Residenzpost after the jump.
In today’s Cinéma de Mode we present you the new Anne Gorke fashion film The Tale of the Two Bloody Marys directed by Michael Venus in collaboration with Curtisfilm. The movie had its Berlin premiere at the SKYY VODKA SWAP Season Opening with Designer Scouts and features award-winning actress Sandra Hüller and Emily Cox, as well as German actor Paul-Wolff-Plotegg. The second fashion film of the sustainable label tells the story of two sister spending their vacation at the family’s summer residence enjoying the liberation of doing nothing during endless cocktail hours. But when one falls in love with the romance of the other a bitter sweet tragedy begins which will trap the sisters in a time loop for over 40 years. Throughout the fashion film you can see the Spring/Summer 2013 collection Orangerie that stands out through clear lines and architectural forms, a mix of different organic fabrics, such as silk, cotton and for the first time also leather. Enjoy Anne Gorke’s beautiful summer tragedy after the jump.
Last year I had the honor to go on two trips with Louis Vuitton, first to the Serenissima Run in Monte Carlo and than to the historical home and studio of Louis Vuitton in Asnière. Both trips were more than amazing and I had a great time. Today I am going on my third trip with the famous French brand and this time the destination is Munich. Louis Vuitton is celebrating the opening of their first Maison in Germany there at the old Residenzpost. The Maisons are very special flagship stores that basically represent the whole range of products the brand has to offer which is far more than what the usual LV stores carry. There are only a few of these Maisons in Europe, so it’s quite the special occasion, both for the brand and for the city of Munich, especially considering that the original Maison Louis Vuitton in Paris is the 5th most visited sight in the city of love.
I’m super excited for the opening tomorrow and it took me ages to decide what to wear and what to pack. Of course I will bring more clothes that I actually need for one day. Luckily I got some advice how to pack them the best way without wasting any space thanks to the Art of Packing guide. Look over my shoulder while I pack my bag after the jump.
Today we have our favorite label from Leipzig in our Cinéma de Mode: Howitzweissbach. They shot their latest fashion film for their 6th collection titled Icons in Paris. There is probably no better urban backdrop as the city of love. The new Spring/Summer 2013 collection is an homage to famous female icons such as Lady Di, Twiggy, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Gabor and Emilie Flöge. So it comes to no surprise that the designs incorporate a lot of iconic elements from various decades from the early to mid 20th century, all of them in a contemporary remix in shades of pastel green and beige, as well as classic black and white.
The film itself, shot by Moritz Freudenberg, has its very own character that seems to be independent from the theme of the collection. It combines the garments with the beautiful architecture of Paris, revealing the details with quirky and unexcepted movements and interesting angles. The colors of the city perfectly complement the colors scheme of the clothes, making this a visually perfect interpretation of the collection. Enjoy the film after the jump.