Hellooooo my darrrlings, I am back all fruitilicious and colorful as always. Did you miss me? Of course!!! For everybody who doesn’t know me yet: I am Tati the Fruit Salad and I am the fashion editor-in-chief of iHeartBerlin. Watch my adventures at Fashion Week in the episodes of my very own TV show of last year.
I have amazing news for all of you. The Fashion Week is finally moving to my favourite district in all of Berlin: Wedding. There is no place where more crazy fashion and inspiration is going on than here. Every street, every shop and every corner has some fashionable shit going on and sometimes I get so many ideas for my next outfits that I am clueless what to do.
Since all kinds of people from all around the world are coming to Berlin for Fashion Week and they obviously don’t know Wedding so well like I do, I put some really nice places together where to shop, have a nice snack in between the fashion shows and an introduction to the fashion week location itself. Enjoy my delicious guide full of juicy recommendations after the jump.
Our third special recommendation for you for the upcoming Berlin Fashion Week goes out to the FIER Vitrine. Our friends Nico and Lisa from FIER management have been quite busy in the past couple of years supporting the independant and alternative young designer scene. For their new event on Tuesday, July 8 they have curated an impressive line-up of young international avant-garde designers who will present their new collections in the form of fashion presentations, performances, screenings and installations at the amazing Lehrter Siebzehn location near Hauptbahnhof.
In support of the awesome new iPhone travel app Friendly Berlin that we are currently working on we asked the guys from FIER management about their most interesting places in Berlin for the fashion-savvy explorer and they came up with a really great Fashionable Berlin Guide that you should check out here or download the Friendly Berlin iPhone app here. It’s a really good list of interesting shops and places that will come in handy during Fashion Week.
After the jump we will give you a preview of the ten participating talented designers from the FIER Vitrine event and party on Tuesday. If you are into innovative and artistic design this will be a must-go event for you. Make sure to register for the guestlist now.
For the upcoming season of the Berlin Fashion Week we have partnered up with a couple of alternative fashion events in our continuous effort to support young designers, avant-garde fashion and new ideas in Berlin. The first of these special events that we have selected is called Anaglyph which is also the name of a collective of young creatives from different fields who will present the results of their collaboration with an elaborate 3d stereoscopic runway show. The whole concept does not only connect people from different cultures, but also brings interdisciplinary work to a new level by combining the fields of fashion and shoe design, photography, 3d and video art, screen-print and illustration, choreography and music, embroidery and crochet, as well as hair and make-up art. We are particularily excited that our friend Anto Christ is going to be part of this with her amazing make-up and crochet work.
The Anaglyph event is going to take place on Saturday July 12, 2014 at Heimathafen Neukölln, with the first show at 18:30h (invitation only) and the second one at 20:00h (public, free entrance) with an aftershow party at 21h at Sameheads. Join the Facebook event to keep updated with the details. After the jump we have a teaser video and some previews for you.
It’s this time of the year where we take a little look over to yet another cool European metropolis: Paris where currently the menswear fashion week is taking place. It has become a little tradition that we show you the live stream of the runway presentation of Louis Vuitton here on iHeartBerlin.de, and this season is no exception.
While the previous womenswear show has brought us a new era of the label with the brand new creative director Nicolas Ghesquière after the departure of iconic designer Marc Jacobs, the menswear line has stuck to its current designer of recent years Kim Jones. Let’s have a look what he came up with for the Spring/Summer 2015 season after the jump. The show starts at 14:30h today.
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!
Last Saturday the kids from SXX SELLS hosted their first Fashion Week special which also acted as a housewarming party for its brand new home, the Palast Neukölln, a new venue at Rollbergstrasse right next to Schwuz. The place is run by party legend Conny Opper who also brought us famous clubs such as Rio, Scala, King Size, the Broken Hearts Club, the Berlin Festival, Flamingo and P.O.P. The place is pretty big, typical Berlin old factory style and quite versatile. I hear it’s going to be an event venue more than a club with regular parties. But we’ll have to see what’s going to happen there in the next weeks and month – we are certainly excited. After the jump some shots from the first party there by the SXX SELLS crew.
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.
Avant-garde fashion has to lead away from commercial and aesthetic boundaries, create new ways of perceptions or conceptualize society throughout the medium of garment, which is rather difficult if not impossible sometimes. Therefore designers tend to create statements less through the products of their creativity itself but furthermore with the presentation. Munich-based designer Patrick Mohr was often criticized for displaying unprovocative fashion in a provocative manner. Presenting rather simple outfits on homeless people, body-builders or albino models his fashion shows were always a reason for the news to project scandals.
In the last two seasons Mohr sticks to working with unconventional presentations and unique models, but also impressing with his designs. Last season’s collection called Human and this season called work hard and be mohr brought his aesthetics to a new level. The entire collection is made of a strong electric blue that created a nearly magical energy in the room. Using only black models Patrick Mohr wanted to criticize the predominance of white models throughout all the fashion industry. The models where standing in little triangle shaped pillars. Labels on the top of the pillars read in bold German words “Freiheit beschreibt die Fähigkeit des Menschen, willentlich zu handeln!” (Freedom is the ability of mankind to act deliberately).
Even if this sounds very socially conscious, I wonder how Mohr defines his freedom as an avant-garde designer. Because even if you don’t have to create fashion for the mass markets, you are still depending on sponsors or on other economic suppliers that have influence on your work in one way or another. I think that even if Patrick can work hard to be mohr as much as he wants, he can never be deliberately free in his designs. Nontheless he presented one of my favourite collections during the Berlin Fashion week, which you can admire in the fantastic backstage-shootings from our talented photographer Olga Khristolyubova after the jump.
A great team is always ready to win. So far we are really happy that two of our good friends, the Edged Showroom girls and the guys from Kaltblut-Magazine joined forces to support and present young designers. The EDGED Showroom takes place from the 14th to 17th of January on Torstrasse 100 in Mitte and will see emerging names from Taiwan and Sweden present their collections to national and international press and buyers. Our guest photographer Olga Khristolyubova was at the opening and collected some impressions for you guys.