The design week just started and I just visited the maybe most central event – the DMY fair. Assuming DMY could be compared to other fairs at Flughafen Tempelhof like Bread & Butter is quiet wrong. Experiencing the hangars transforming themselves into giant cocoons for small but bright ideas is every year a unique pleasure of this specific fair. At DMY you will not experience the exhibition of any big design brand like in Milan. But for sure you can see international ideas and refined aesthetics brought to the table. The exhibition surfaces are mostly made of natural materials like wood or stone. Most of the design objects themselves are again a combination of new developed (sometimes recycled) materials and traditional materials like glass, ceramic and wood. What I noticed in comparison to the years before, is that there was less architecture and design for the public space replaced with a lot of home ware and functional interior objects. In general I liked the exhibition even if some holistic design concepts would have inspired me more than just to see individual pieces all great by themselves but not connected to anything. My photographic impressions after the jump.
For the third interview of our series The Berlin Experts we talked with Arne Eberle, founder and director of fashion agency Arne Eberle Press+Sales and editor-in-chief of Œ Magazine. For many years Arne Eberle has been supporting talented German designers, believing in their creativity and presenting the most outstanding collections not only at Berlin Fashion Week, but also at international trade shows and events. Among the highlights of his accomplishments is definitely the Collect Showroom for contemporary fashion, the ultimate platform to promote the quality, skills and creativity of local designers. Enjoy Arne Eberle’s thoughts on Berlin and its ever-growing fashion scene after the jump.
I expressed my love for Tata Christiane several times on iHeartBerlin already. And even if not every garment she creates is very elegant or made for grown ups, she is very innovative by creating her own aesthetic and design language. Furthermore I think what makes her work so unique is her outstanding personality. When she appears at a public event, she has the look and the manners of a modern shaman. Her voice is very soft and with a distinguished French accent. She is always smiling and you have the feeling an aura of warm comforting energy is surrounding her movements. This sounds crazy to you? Well, then you don’t have to listen to me, but you should not ignore her new collection called Le troisième Oeil (Third eye). Obviously the perfect after-yoga-going-to-party outfit. More photos after the jump.
This week’s Cinéma de Mode brings to you the fashion film The Wild One directed by Juan Manuel Sanchez for the Berlin-based menswear label SOPOPULAR. The video presents the new Fall/Winter collection 2013 and is definitely an ode to outstanding masculinity, with bad boys stars and hot tattooed models Daniel Bamdad and Norman Theuerkorn. Particularly impressive is the overlay of floating jellyfish against the bodies of the models, which generates a dark tension between harmony and danger. The collection, unveiled during Berlin Fashion Week, features blazers and patterned shirts, joined by a studded shoulder leather jacket that clearly is the stand-out piece. Enjoy the video after the jump!
This week’s Cinéma de Mode features the video loobook for KTZ‘s new menswear fall/winter collection, directed by George Harvey. The UK-based label presents a perfect combination of street and high fashion, with futuristic headpieces, and unique patterns on sweatsuits, joined by scarves and leather tassels. Especially interesting is the clean black and white effect and the Diplo beat as a soundtrack. Enjoy the video after the jump…
To launch their new Fashion Capitals series of hair products Pro Series has released a new competetion that let’s you win travel vouchers worth up to 1250 EUR to visit the fashion capitals Berlin, Paris and New York, as well as all the new Pro Series products. To support their campaign they asked us to contribute street fashion photos in the style of the three cities for their new Facebook App. The app let’s you vote for your favorite look per city and also let’s you take part in the raffle to win the amazing prizes. You can also learn more about the new products they are launching, such as the Berlin “Sexy Welle” line, and all the other bloggers who contributed their style photos. Check out the app and win here! After the jump we have a little hair styling tutorial from the Wella Pro Series Academy to create the Berlin vintage look. Enjoy!
photos: Nils Krüger
On August 24th it’s time for another SKYY VODKA SWAP MARKET. The big fashion event is now already in its fourth year and once again vintage and fashion lovers will go crazy swapping their vintage pearls and also getting their hands on some brand new designer clothes. And all this for a good cause, as all the proceeds of the event will be donated to the charity organization Berliner Aids-Hilfe e.V., so this time you don’t have to feel guilty for having another drink.
From August 9th till 23rd you will be able to submit your own high quality vintage clothes, design objects, accessories, books and records to the SKYY SWAP SPOT in exchange for a swap voucher. At the SKYY VODKA SWAP MARKET on August 24th at Café Moskau you will receive tokens for your voucher. Those you can use to “buy” other vintage clothes, brand new designer pieces, cocktails or to donate. If you don’t have enough tokens or if you didn’t submit anything, you can also buy them for real money. Remember, all proceeds will be donated, so be generous! After the swapping there will be a big party that is not to be missed! The details and impressions from the previous SKYY VODKA SWAP MARKET after the jump.
Achteinhalb has been around now for quite a few years with numerous pop-up stores and events in Berlin and other German cities. In the fall of 2010 they opened their first long-term store at Kollwitzstraße in Prenzlauer Berg. For one year they sold the best of Berlin fashion including labels we love such as Esther Perbandt, JULIAANDBEN, Franzius, Blame, Reality Studio and many more.
Earlier this year the shop changed their concept back to their original time of 8 1/2 weeks with their new Living Concept. Instead of fashion they are now selling a well curated selection of furniture and home accessories. The 8 1/2 weeks are coming to an end this week, so it’s time to take your chance to pay the store that has been host to a series of iHeartBerlin and Designer Scouts events in the past year a final visit.
We will surely miss the cosy place at Prenzlauer Berg and are already anticipating future projects of the makers of Achteinhalb. More photos and details after the jump.
photo: Fernando Mazza
Sometimes magazines are like butterflies. They need to go through some steps of metamorphosis to achieve their full potential. I can say for sure that Kaltblut Magazine which was first called Honk made some big steps into becoming one of my favorite online magazines. Their new issue about Avantgarde came out recently and has a lot of beautiful fashion editorials and interesting interviews to offer. Check it out. Fore more great pictures of the fashion spread Nocturnes by Brasilian photographer Fernando Mazza go after the jump.
Berlin based Yoga wear label Umasan is featured in our Cinema de Mode with a incredible fashion movie by Matt Lambert. If you think ecological brands have to play nice and look greenish, then Umasan proves you wrong. See for yourself after the jump.