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.
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.
If there is one thing Berlin is full of and loved for it’s the tons of amazing Street Art and murals on the bare walls of its buildings. Especially districts like Kreuzberg, as well as all the abandoned industrial buildings along the Spree are covered with art and through that repuprosed from ruins to canvases. The only downside: You can’t exactly buy these amazing artworks for your living room. Well, most of them you can’t. But still there are a range of interesting products themed or focused on street art such as books, calendars, stickers and art prints, even some fashion items. For my first own collection on eBay Today I collected some of these products for you to have a look. More about it after the jump.
Creating a Berlin-themed piece of design without being too obvious and end up looking like cheap tourist merchandise is really a challenge. Gaspare Buzzatti and Lisa Filipini have managed this challenge quite masterfully with their necklace Pulsader – Berlin’s Beat. It’s huge metal pendant depicts the grid of Berlin’s center around the river Spree. It’s quite smart, because it resembles the city in an iconic way without using cliché shapes like the TV Tower or the Brandenburger Gate. No surprise this design won the first price of the be.berlin souvenir competion of the Senat.
On our lucky Thursday we are giving away one of these cool Berlin necklaces in conjunction with FIER vitrine, the showroom for upcoming designers that is taking place right now during Berlin Fashion Week at The WYE showcasing some wonderful collections of over 8 international labels. Tonight they are also hosting a party with fashion presentations in their showroom starting at 18h. Some more impressions of the Pulsader and how to win it after the jump.
Since the morning shows are hard for us to attend because of the hard party work we are doing at night, we were glad that talented photographer Olga Khristolyubova joined our team for Fashion Week doing mainly backstage photography and some event impressions. Together with all the other early birds she admired the Hien Le collection Tuesday morning which was quite tsubtle yet again excellent in shapes and materials. See Olga’s abstract impressions after the jump.
There is a specific mass event in Germany that I find very irritating. For a long time it wasn’t even on my radar, but nowadays the Oktoberfest has become hard to avoid. I don’t now if it is because of the tumblrs of guys puking or the fashion blogger girls starting to wear a dirndl and showing their cleavage or the gay guys showing their ass in leather shorts but the high resonance in social media was very annoying to me. So I am glad to be free from all that for at least a year.
In all the omnipresence there was one fashion shoot that impressed me, regardless of my dislike for the Bavarian tradition. The Berlin-based photographer Claudio Oliveiro created an Oktoberfest-themed fashion shoot that is beautiful and provoking at the same time. It tells the story of a couple, of a blond girl and a black guy, going together to Oktoberfest. The 60s styling of the shoot somehow brings the viewer back to a time where relationships between black and white folks were not accepted. And to be honest, I can imagine that in rural parts of Bavaria this would be a problematic commitment even still. What I like about the shoot is that even though it is meant to be provoking the couple looks effortlessly beautiful and their emotions towards each other honest and real. Their confident attitude gives me somehow the innocent and probably naiv hope that one day we won’t be able to see anything controversial in these pictures anymore. See more of the shoot after the jump.
Only a few months ago the lower end of the Weinbergsweg at Rosenthaler Platz got a brand spanking new fashion store called Superconscious. I was quite surprised to see something new pop up in this area as this street is mostly filled up with quite established bussinesses that never seem to change. But here we go, hello newbie!
I pressed my nose against the window of the interesting looking space quite a few times before I finally went in during their opening hours. It turned out to be more than I expected. The store is particularily interesting for men, even though they also have some womenswear. The selection of brands is what makes it so appealing for me: Unlike comparable shops like SoTo and Civilist this place has mostly upcoming street wear brands with different styles while maintaining a similar aesthetic. I’m always interested in labels that are either brand new or not so overly popular, so this is just my cup of tea. And I did sip of that tea quite a bit lately You’ll find great pieces by The Hentsch Man, Enclave, Topo Design, Muttonhead, Sheriff & Cherry and many more.
Get some impressions of the store after the jump and do drop by at Weinbergsweg 22.
They are a collaboration of designers working between Berlin and Paris. They have a lot of fun making clothes. They eat a lot of pasta. They are: VAISSLLE.
And there clothes are quite funny actually. Quite 90s rave mixed with a contemporary hipster aesthetic. It’s girly, but also disturbing. In a good way. Like weird, but good weird. See for yourself what they do after the jump.
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.