Berlin is a slut! We knew that already. But what I recently found out is that even the one thing that Berlin is most famous for is not free of prostitution: Parties.
In this city there are three kinds of party people. The ones who can have fun for (almost) free, those who have to spend at least 300 Euro a night to even start to feel a little fun and excitment and the ones who get paid for having fun in the right place at the right time. If you are interested to learn more about the last group I mentioned follow me after the jump.
As the best things come in threes I have one more Berlin Fashion Week for you. While the presentations of Franziska Michael and Barre Noire were quite outgoing the collection of Berlin-based label Blame was a little bit more classic and monochrome in black, coal and shades of rose. As this color palette suggests the collection was inspired by Winter’s Aurora which is also its title. They had modern combinations of knitwear and leather, clean shapes with rich details. Overall the garments had darker tones and some playful crochet applications. The focus was on the modern designs and materials. The designers Sarah Büren and Sonja Hodzode are returning to the roots of their design work with their new looks. Get your own impression after the jump.
Another highlight of my Berlin Fashion Week tour was the presentation of young label Barre Noire, which created a proper disco mood inspired by legendary Studio 54. There were mirror balls on the ceiling, colorful outfits with rhinestones, shimmering patterns and glittering shoes on tattoed models that rocked the show. The accessories were an excellent continuation of the urban disco theme: headphones, caps with wings or big tridimensional Barre Noire initials and sporty watches from the collaboration with Baby-G. The vibrant and sporty looks were completed with silver fingertips. The impressions after the jump.
Being part of Berlin Fashion Week is by far more than just drinking champagne and watching fashion shows. I became especially aware of the required strength and discipline when I tried to attend a whole string of events in only two days, including a look behind the scenes. However, young designer Franziska Michael succeeded in creating a great kind of retreat that every other journalist and photographer around me was happy to cherrish.
The guests of her presentation entered the studio and where surprised by an eloborate set-up centering around a gate covered in roses. Between fog and hay stacks the models were positioned in a gloomy, yet romantic scenery. The designer obviously drew her inspiration from nature, which also reflects in her choice of colors: apricot, light yellow, khaki, rose and black. The cuts are clear and lineal, perfected with different materials and psychedelic patterns, that have also been prominent in her previous collections. The contrasts she created are greatly unexpected. The gelled hair parted in the middle paired with modern patterns, the quilted cycling shorts combined with black socks – she definately knows how to make a statement. Enjoy my impressions after the jump.
My first stop for this year’s Berlin Fashion Week was at the studio presentation of the Swedish label Ubi Sunt, founded by talented designers Moa Wikman and Aidin Sanati. The designer-duo presented a conceptual, yet wearable, fall/winter collection with neutral dark tones combined with light gray shades, which fully represent the Scandinavian dark Romanticism. The show did not include a catwalk in its proper sense, instead it was organized along a setting of six white platforms, with beautiful male models coming one after another to present the new menswear collection. The young audience was free to stand directly in front of the models, or move around, thus be able to have a closer look at the single pieces and appreciate the stunning ability of the designers, in terms of cut and proportion. The collection included both wide and skinny trousers, combined with tailored suit jackets, sweaters, t-shirts and elegant shoes, with a minimal design and in different shades by way of black, dark blue and beige. Once again Ubi Sunt has not dared anything too playful or extravagant but has continued along its line of simple and minimalist, yet elaborated, fashion. The show was probably not the most surprising of its sort, but it still managed to be a delight to the eyes and a convincing way to open my Fashion Week tour. Some impression of the show with my favourite pieces, after the jump…
The presentations of avant-garde duo Augustin Teboul are probably the most sought after events during Berlin Fashion Week. For a good reason, as the fashion is spectacular and easily matches up to the big names in Paris. Their new collection Somewhen was no exception. They stayed true to their signature all-black look with embroidered details, glass beads and intricate head pieces. This time they added a little twist by introducing more masculine looks with pants and more straight silhouettes. Take a look behind the scenes with the amazing hair team of Sebastian Professional as well as some favorite looks from the show presentation after the jump.
The Dandy Diary party was actually not the only Fashion Week opening party that we went to. We also made it to the projektGalerie opening party, one of the dinosaurs of Berlin Fashion Week and always a reliable option. This time it took place at new Urban Spree gallery in Friedrichshain. We really liked the place, the party as well. And if you have the chance go to the designer sale that takes place there until Sunday, they have amazing pieces from local and international designers strongly reduced. Check out the photos of the party after the jump.
At this year’s Berlin Fashion Week Lena Hoschek really showed us her edgy side! Her much loved flower prints and petticoats were paired with heavy boots and broke tights. This way, she emphazied both the soft and the tough side of women. The Frida-Kahlo-hairdos of the models were just enchanting. A feast for the eyes was also the great variety of the material such as brocade, lace, satin and velvet. Additionally, the collection showed a Russian influence; the traditional folkloristic patterns were mixed with the sexy, glamourous cuts that the designer is known for. My favourite pieces were a red velvet dress, the evening gowns with deep necklines showing the back and the embroidered blouses. Some of the looks after the jump.
What a night this was! Once again the Dandy Diary Fashion Week Opening was the hottest party in town. For us it was also special because the Dandy boys took over the former Scala, a club that we have visited, featured and photographed from the first to its last day here on the blog and that we were quite fond of. It was the perfect match for the theme of the party: Punks in a squat house. And the guests took this really seriously dressing up in their kinkiest and punkiest outfits. It was great fun to take pictures here and after the click a massive photo set awaits you on 3 pages!
photo: Christian Donath
This is our third and final look behind the curtains of a Berlin Fashion Week event. This time it’s our Designer Scouts fashion show with designers Franziska Michael and Emilia Tikka and labels Marc Andersen and Studio Laend Phuengkit. My dear friend Katja once again made some beautiful photos in the backstage area for us that you can see after the jump and one additional shot by Christian Donath above from a very crucial moment of the event: The changing of the boys. Also, you’ll find the video of our show by FashionDaily.tv after the jump.