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.
Extraordinary jewellery always has a special place in my heart, not only because of my own ventures into jewellery design, but also because I have a great admiration for beautiful products that go beyond the normal aesthetic of their own genre. In the case of the new jewellery collection by Berlin-based label WOMAN.MADE it is exactly that what attracts me. Instead of thin gold chains designer Stephanie Johne uses a thick white rope as a necklace complemented by pendants of short pieces of copper pipes covered in white leather. The combinations of these unusual materials is truely beautiful and very unique. Elegant, minimalistic, but still very bold. And with the size they make excellent statement pieces. As her inspiration for this collection and her label name she mentions Jean-Michel Basquiat, the enfant terrible of the New York art scene of the 80s who she wrote her art history thesis about.
If you like Stephie’s jewellery as much as we do, you should check out her current offer of one of her amazing necklaces on Newniq right here that is still available for another 6 days. See the rest of the collection after the jump.
Escaping into the world of dance and fashion is our most favourite free time delight. This is why the fresh new collaboration of the dancer and choreographers and dancers Honji Wang and Sebastien Ramirez with Berlin-based Designer Mads Dinesen is our featured eye-candy of this weeks Cinéma de Mode. Envisioned by the new Berlin-based creative studio AB+ founded by fashion photographer Alexander Gnädinger and director Bernhard Landen this little dance fashion film will enchant you with cutting-edge fashion meeting modern choreography. Enjoy the movie after the jump.
While the designers of the Pulsader pendant have chosen a quite subliminal way to create a cool, Berlin-themed necklace New York-based jewellery maker Gabriel Urist is a bit more in-your-face with his new Berlin collection that he designed specifically for the Voo Store. His series of necklaces and rings simply spell out the name of our great city in plain bold letters – minimal, but straight to the point effective. If you’re a Berlin lover, you can’t go wrong with this. And if you want it a little less obvious you can also choose the heart that is shaped by two hands, which is also quite cute. Have a closer look at the pieces after the jump. All of the pieces are available at Voo Store at Oranienstr. 24 in Kreuzberg.
photo: Oliver Rath
Last week a very special event that I have anticipated a lot happened at Volksbühne Berlin on the big stage of this prestigious theatre. Esther Perbandt, one of my favorite avant-garde designers in Berlin, celebrated the 10th anniversary of her label. Knowing beforehand what she had planned for this special occasion I was super excited.
I was one of the few photographers that were installed on stage right in the middle of the show, so I saw everything up close. When the big curtain opened the light stayed off and an eclectic experimental sound choir began to sing hauntingly. The mood was set perfectly. After a while the lights came on a contemporary dancer dressed in Perbandt gave a performance in the vain of Valeska Gert, the inspiration for Esther’s new collection titled Grotesque. It was great to see fashion combined with dance in such a theatrical manner. Once the dance was over the runway show started and models came from the side walking into the audience and back. Seeing it from the back with all the lights and people in the background was really stunning and the excellent electronic music that was playing really gave me goosebumps. What a fucking cool show! And the collection was also great to look at, the best one she has done so far for sure.
Once the show was over Esther came out with her assistant with confetti rain and standing ovations. It was such a moment of glory. As if having your name spelled across one of the most impressive buildings in town isn’t already enough this show was probably the biggest highlight of her entire career. Right after the curtains closed I gave Esther a hug and she was still shaking of excitement. Very understandable! For me it was one of the best shows that I have seen in all of the years that I went to Berlin Fashion Week.
After the jump we have 3 photo sets for you from this amazing event. On page one we have backstage photos by our guest contributor Olga Khristolyubova, on page two we have the runway photos by Oliver Rath and on page 3 we have photos from the big after show party by me. Enjoy!
photos: Dunja Antic
When visiting or speaking about Berlin Fashion Week you will hear a lot of bitching and nagging how Berlin is so not cool, totally can’t measure up with other cities, is trying to hard and doesn’t have any interesting designers here. Even though I do agree that this season seemed a bit unexciting when I first saw the schedule, I have to admit that I saw some really outstanding collections last week. Among them the ones from Patrick Mohr, Esther Perbandt, Julian Zigerli, Mads Dinesen, and Marina Hoermanseder, to name only a few. I totally disagree with the criticism of Berlin Fashion Week. We very well have interesting designers here, and even if they are not so many, the few are all the better. And as we all know it’s the quality that counts, not the quantity.
Augustin Teboul belong to the exquisit circle of designers that stand out and can absolutely measure up with internationally renowned labels. There collections are always great, but this one was exceptional I think. Maybe because for the first time they also used nude colors instead of all black. But also the pieces themselves and the styling was stunning. Enjoy some shots of the Fall/Winter 2014/15 show titled Equinoxe by Dunja Antic after the jump.