Photos: Mercedes Benz Fashion
Berlin Fashion Week has come and already gone, which means I finally have some time to make sense of the menswear madness of this season. Men’s Fall/Winter fashion has never really been a draw at Berlin Fashion Week, but this January there were definitely a few shows who made it the perfect fashionistas catcher. From upcoming designers who raised the bar, to impeccable classic designs, and to the occasional ‘wtf?’, Berlin Fashion Week was again a great surprise. After a marathon through shows and some catching up online, I broke down the 8 Best Menswear collections that mattered most this season. Enjoy them after the jump!
While Berlin Fashion Week is pretty focussed now on young designers and upcoming labels, Paris Fashion Week is pretty much about the big brands and famous designers. Berlin-based artist and illustrator Nicola Napoli has taken a look over to the French side of fashion and created a set of 3 fashion illustrations inspired by Balmain, Comme des Garcons and Gareth Pugh. Enjoy his vision after the jump.
photo: M Dortomb
Even though it’s the final day of Berlin Fashion Week we once again would like to take a little peak over to Paris to see what’s going on at the menswear Fashion Week over there. Today one of the most important shows of a big fashion house is going to happen there and we have once again the live stream here for you right after the jump.
While the womenswear line of Louis Vuitton has undergone a massive relaunch with the switch from Marc Jacobs to Nicolas Ghesquière the menswear has stayed as it is with designer Kim Jones and his contemporary and elegant style. Let’s see what he has in store for the boys at the show which starts today (January 22nd 2015) at 14:30h.
photos: Olga Khristolyubova
The first show we visited during the Berlin Fashion Week was the runway show of Sadak. We were really happy for our friend Saša Kovačević that he got the chance to show his colorful and extravagant menswear at the Berlin Fashion Week for the first time. His style is a bold mix of archaic folklore patterns and decorations and hip hop cuts. For sure his fashion is extremely unique and worth keeping an eye on. We sent our talented photographer Olga to take some backstage photos for you. Enjoy them after the jump.
Five years ago I wrote for the first time about Princess Hijab – a street ad-busting artist (like Vermibus from Berlin) who changes the look of advertising fashion campaigns by painting a veil over the pretty photoshopped faces of the models. Because of the current Fashion Week I was looking back into old articles and realized how on the edge her art is in this particular time. Even if she seems not active as an artist any more, I wanted to look deeper into the meaning of her artwork to see if it could help me with my thoughts about the current political situation.
Read the results of my thinking after the veil.
Last night our dearest fellow bloggers of Dandy Diary once again threw the most significant Fashion Week party of the season and guess what, once again it was a colorful and fun blast. The theme was psychedelic 60s and 70s and boy do these Dandy fans take the dresscode to a next level. We saw some awesome outfits and my camera had a lot of fun capturing all of the beauties. Enjoy the impressions on 3 pages after the jump.
Like every season I HEART BERLIN is bringing you the ultimate Berlin Fashion Week Guide with all the notable events and parties with a special focus on emmerging talents and avant-garde designers. The majority of the events in this guide are public or have an open registration so that all of you fashion fans can join regardless of your professional credentials. Enjoy!
This season we would like to give a shout-out to a couple of designers that will be doing their first shows in the official Mercedes-Benz tent, as well as in surprising off-schedule locations. We are looking forward to see our first show of one of our Berlin favorites SADAK, of course the show of our dear friend Esther Perbandt, the man who is probably the buzziest name in the local fashion scene right now and who will be the first one to show inside of Berghain: Bobby Kolade, and we are also excited to see the new collection of Vektor. For all the fashion professionals we recommend all of these mentioned shows, so make sure to get accreditation for them. Our listing of public events you can find below.
For more guidance at Berlin Fashion Week we also recommend you to download our iPhone App Friendly Berlin and check out the routes “Berlin Designers” and “Fashionable Berlin”.
If you are looking for a place to get some fashion from Berlin designers there is one address that you absolutely need to visit: The two LNFA concept stores at the Bikini Berlin. LNFA is short for Live Networking for Fashion and Art and actually started as an event series. But as things go in Berlin one thing leads to another and suddenly you find yourself opening a shop in a brand new concept mall. You have to give the owner Sevil Uguz a lot of credit for really making a big effort to promote local designers the way she does, beside her shops she is also going to host a whole string of runway shows and events during Berlin Fashion Week next week.
But let’s get back to the shops. When the Bikini opened last year so did the first LNFA store that brought together a lot of young labels of different styles. The concept was so successful, probably because there was no other store like this in town, that they opened yet another one right next door with a selection of designers that is a bit more premium than the ones from the first store. A lot of our favorite designers are represented here, including Esther Perbandt, Marina Hoermanseder, Sopopular, Barre Noir, IVANMAN, Vektor, Tata Christiane, DYN and so many more it’s impossible to name them all. During next week’s Berlin Fashion Week there are going to be lots of specials and events where you can meet the designers themselves. Stay tuned to their Facebook page to find out more. After the jump some impressions of both stores as well as the details.
The fashion scene of Berlin is as diverse and colorful as it can get and I think that is one of the best things about the city. You will find something for everyone. There are those designers who are clearly inspired by the Scandinavian minimalism, you have those who do totally wearable everyday clothes that sell like bread, those who make quite crazy stuff that you can only wear for fashion week, and so much more in the middle and around, it’s impossible to list it all. With our new series A Guide To Berlin Fashion we would like to give you an overview of the different styles that we find here and show you some of our favorite designers from Berlin in each genre. We are definately not going to be able to name all of them, because the number of labels is impossibly high, so see this more as an example of some of the most notable ones.
For the first edition of our new Berlin Fashion Guide we would like to start with one of the most obvious contemporary trends: Sportswear-inspired streetwear. The sporty style has started to penetrate the collections of young designers and avant-garde labels for a handful of seasons now and with the Wang x H&M collaboration finally reached the mainstream. I think the revival of the sneaker that has been going on for the past years has played an important part in it and all the sneaker brands should be more than pleased to be so highly relevant and important in fashion right now. During my last visit of the Dissonance Area at the Premium Exhibition it felt like every second collection had jumped aboard the trend using a lot of active wear materials like neopren and mesh with wide boxy cuts.
Here in Berlin we have a couple of labels that fall into this category that we would like to introduce you to. They are either inspired by certain types of sports or have a generally sporty aesthetic to them, but all of them seem quite on point with their fashion in this day and time. And the best thing about it? You don’t even need a gym membership anymore to look sportive, these labels sure know how to create the illusion. Enjoy our guide to sporty Berlin fashion after the jump.
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.