Today we have a special treat for you. If you have been in Berlin the last couple of days you might have noticed the one undeniable truth: Winter is knocking on our doors sending Autumn as gentle reminder. And as lovely some snow activities might be. Running around town with tons of clothes on heavy and bulky enough to make you feel like the hunchback of Notre Dame (even far away from Paris) does not make Winter the favorite season of the Berliners. But this year we found a clever solutions that might make you reconsider your Winter aversion.
Together with Japanese ultra minimalistic high-tech fashion brand Uniqlo we are giving away 10 Ultra Light Downs. This brand new fashion innovation is the perfect solution for the upcoming Berlin Winter. Thanks to a special new technology the jackets, vest, parkas and many more items are super light still being very warm. The silhouette is so sleek and lightweight, it can be worn under another layer. We had the chance to test them and are super impressed by its several features. Especially for biking I can recommend the vest to keep you warm without putting any additional weight on you.
This Saturday we are teaming with Uniqlo and host a special Ultra Light Down photo booth in front of their store at Tauentzienstraße. To find out what we have planned for you and how to win one of these special products read on after the jump.
UPDATE: The winners are picked. Check out the pictures from the event.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ESMOD Berlin the private design school invited 10 of their most successful and celebrated graduates from all the ESMOD schools around the globe. Two very respected and celebrated labels based in Berlin opened the show and for them it was pretty much a home rum. I’m glad I got to see the rising star Marina Hoermanseder’s new collection which I missed during fashion week and also to see the new designs of August Teboul, the queens of Berlin Avant-Garde, once again. All the other designers were totally new to me and it was a little bit like a trip around the world in terms of fashion. It’s interesting to see the different styles from other countries, though not everything was really our cup of tea. We selected our favorites for you after the jump. Enjoy!
Every time somebody comes visiting me in Berlin and I show them proud and happy all my favorite places I realize that there is one thing that causes distraction: Men! Of course Berlin is also full of beautiful women, but apparently the Berlin men have something special that you cannot find in any other place. By reading the books of Klaus Mann I discovered that the appeal of the Berlin men already existed since the 20s. Right in the heart of Europe Berlin attracted all kinds of different types of personalities that maybe didn’t fit in other places and had their own sexual attraction. Their power of attraction lies not only in superficialities. Berlin men have the bad boy appeal that you can only get if you don’t care about having a big car or a giant house with a pool. Even if they might get slowly over the “poor but sexy” thing, the Berlin men are not interested in the stereotypical ego-boost status symbols (girls, cars, pools) and this is their secret formula to their sexiness (at least in my opinion).
But yet again, we should not limit our horizons. Today I have a special revelation for you: Handsome and interesting men do not only live in Berlin. The Italian fashion brand Antony Morato went on a venture to different Metropolises to discover interesting characters who are in love with their city. “We wanted to describe the cities which influence everybody’s imagination through the eyes of men like us, through the same eyes with which I saw and still see these cities when I look for ideas and inspiration” says Lello Caldarelli, Chairman and Art Director of the brand. As media partners of the project we will present you somebody from Berlin next week. For now we would love to take you to a trip to discover Barcelona, London and Naples through the eyes of three unique guys. Check out the videos of the project after the jump.
Cate Blanchett in Slow Motion by Matthew Frost
Last week we hosted the first live Cinéma de Mode event as part of the Berlin Alternative Fashion Week that has so far been an online series showing the best fashion films here on iHeartBerlin and on Two For Fashion who supported for this event. The outcome was great we were very happy to screen our selection of films to a full cinema. It was especially awesome for us to see your live reactions to our Fruit Salad show that we published last year. You can find some impressions of the event here on Facebook. As so many have asked about the films I hereby present all the films we showed (except a few that are not published online just yet). Enjoy our biggest Cinéma de Mode ever after the jump.
photos: Olga Khristolyubova
On Saturday the fashion scene of Berlin got a brand new playground. The Berlin Alternative Fashion Week is dedicated to those designers that like to break out of conventions, that dare to be crazy, colorful, fun and sexy and have a good sense of humor and self-ironie. It was really a pleasure both for the eyes and for the heart to see models smiling and dancing and the catwalk, women with curves, men with silver hair, boys on heels, and I don’t even know how to put that crazy spectacular finale of Andrey Bartenev into words, but it was indeed spectacular and will not be forgotten so easily by the audience. The fashion was definately fun to look at, some really impressive, some a bit more on the trashy side, but really always entertaining. But have a look for yourself after the jump where we have some a lot of amazing impressions by our talented contributing photographer Olga Khristolyubova. Enjoy!
Last week saw the premiere of the brand new Berlin Alternative Fashion Week that celebrated its highlight on Saturday with two fully loaded and spectacular runway presentations showing the wild and fun side of fashion. It was really an amazing experience to see all these colorful and excentric individuals coming together. Berlin-based photographer Sebastian Pollin took a look backstage for us before all the magic started on the catwalk. Follow him on Facebook for more fashion photos. Enjoy his colorful impressions from behind the scenes of the Berlin Alternative Fashion Week after the jump. A set with show photos will follow tomorrow so stay tuned for more!
Deborah Borque for Front Row Society
Everybody who follows our blog knows that we are huge fans and supporters of Berlin’s fashion scene. We organized fashion shows, photo shootings, fashion film screenings, designed our own collections and even created our own fashion comedy show. Our next fashion-related project will be our Cinèma de Mode event tomorrow on October 2 featuring fashion films from Berlin and the rest of the world and we hope you can all attend.
On the occasion of this event we wanted to introduce you to Berlin labels that we consider to be outstanding in creativity and design. We also wanted to introduce you to the recent collaboration between Zalando Lounge and a couple of young Berlin labels. Zalando Lounge is an exclusive online shopping experience, where you get the chance to shop limited designs on a certain date with a special discount of up to 75%. They have recently updated their brand portfolio with a great range of Berlin labels and we think that is a great deal for the designers and their customers. After the jump we will introduce you to Sopopular, Blush, Frontrow Society, LVC by Lauren Victoria Craig and Umasan.
Next week on Wednesday the brand new Berlin Alternative Fashion Week launches its first edition with a colorful program of parties, shows, talks and a designer market. After several years of doing events during the official Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin and the German Press Days we were of course excited about another opportunity to get our hands in the pie so we decided to host a new event during this new Fashion Week.
It is something that we meant to do for a long time but never came around to do it: Turn our Cinéma de Mode online column that we featured here on iHeartBerlin.de for many years before moving over to our partner Two For Fashion into a live event in a real cinema. So we asked our friends from the Berlin Fashion Film Festival to contribute some films, as well as the designers of the Berlin Alternative Fashion Week and mixed it with our own selection of our favorite films of the new genre and the result is going to be an entertaining program of fashionable short films and videos featuring Hollywood stars such as Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett and Christopher Walken for your viewing pleasure. Together with our friends from Two For Fashion we will invite you into the cinema of the former culturual institute of Czechoslowakia at Leizpziger Str. 60 (entrance Jerusalemer Str.) on Thursday October 2nd at 20h to enjoy our films of the Cinéma de Mode.
To get you into the mood we want to show you today the latest hyped fashion film about the selfie culture by Matthew Frost featuring Kirsten Dunst, as well as Frost’s previous other amazing films after the jump.
Berlin is certainly a shopping paradise for vintage fashion or unconventional clothing. Still there was a lack of a good retailer offering the whole range of men’s fashion. This changed for good, thanks to the opening of menswear retailer Wormland. Inside the newly opened Mall of Berlin Wormland offers over three floors of different menswear styles. Browsing through the shop on the opening night we met up with really nice people like the guys from Dandy Diary. Also we found some fashion items from our favorite designers like Julian Zigerli that we would love to call our own. And what makes the shopping experience a sexy time too: Hot eye candy Tony Ward is presented all over the shop since he is the model from their latest campaign. Some impressions of the opening night for you after the jump.
This coming Saturday premium vodka brand Absolut is bringing their new exciting event series Nights by Absolut to Berlin, and of course this is going to happen with a bang. They series launched in New York with a spectacular party earlier this month and the next one in Berlin is promissing to be just as great.
With their previous projects and collaborations Absolut has always been a pioneer in combining the nightlife experience with creative and artistic works and the Nights by Absolut will be no exception. For each of their events of this series they have invited one creative mega mind to come up with a project that will leave a lasting impression.
For their European launch on September 27 here in Berlin they invited London-based Studio XO to create an unforgettable experience in a massive location. Studio XO is specialized in combining couture with technology and they have already some really impressive collaborations in their portfolio such as the flying dress for Lady Gaga or the illuminated stage outfits for Azealia Banks, Rihanna, Beyoncé and Fergie.
In Berlin they will create something that could very well become their masterpiece. Fusing modern technology, fashion and elements of nature they will turn the impressive Kraftwerk Mitte into a one-of-a-kind experience. The visitors of the party will be equipped with special laser couture elements and they will project a playful picture of lights, colors and movement into this great space. I’m sure this is going to be one hell of a stunning looking party. If you want to be part of the Nights by Absolut, read on after the jump on how to win tickets.