One of my favorite designers, Paris-based Rad Hourani, is celebrating 5 years of his unisex label with an exhibition and party in Berlin this Saturday organized by avant-garde concept store Oukan and in attendance of the designer himself. The store at Kronenstr. 71 in Mitte will showcase some of his latest Haute Couture pieces as well as his 5 Years of Unisex exhibition that also comes in the form of book. The afterparty takes place at DEAN at Rosenthaler Str. 9 starting at 22h. You can get tickets for the party at the store. Oukan is so far the only retailer in Germany selling Rad Hourani’s amazing collections. After the jump you can get a taste of his latest Rad by Rad Hourani line.
Guys! I know I haven’t been around so much lately, but I am still here and all fruity! Last Saturday I was playing some juicy tunes at the Dorkypark Party at Studio44 (not to be confused with Studio56) after a big plush animal fight that transformed the dancefloor into a fluffy battlefield. Frank did some photos and a very special booty-shake-GIF for you. Enjoy and let’s make another fruit salad soon!
Our movie girl Lia’s project the KreuzbergKalender normally has their events in December during Christmas time. So having a party now seems a bit out of the ordinary, but the reason was that they won the party at Leetchi. So they celebrated Christmas in Febuary together with FluxFM at Fluxbau with a big bang. Enjoy the impressions after the jump!
Berlin Kreuzberg is multifaceted, innovative and there’s always something new to discover. The KreuzbergKalender, an interactive advent project, presents and celebrates the neighborhoods creativity each year in December. But why does the KreuzbergKalender throw a party in Feburary? Because the team won the FluxBau for one night. And what ist he room best equipped for? Well dancing, meeting great people and celebrating of course. So the KreuzbergKalender invites you all to celebrate the neighborhood without any Christmas hoopla and all for a good cause….
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!
Last night British highstreet brands TOPSHOP and TOPMAN hosted their first party here during Berlin Fashion Week at Hamburger Höfe. Among the fashion crowd were a lot of familiar faces such as Eva Padberg, Brooke Candy, Hadnet Tesfai, Bonnie Strange, Marie Nasemann, Wilson Gonzalez and many more. Scandinavian newcomer MO was performing live (and quite impressively) and Joe Goddard from Hotchip was DJing. Enjoy the impressions after the jump.
Last night the crazy boys of Dandy Diary celebrated their big Fashion Week opening party with Brooke Candy live at an amazing bunker venue in Prenzlauer Berg. Enjoy the impressions after the jump.
Once again we will be your guide to navigate through the vast amounts of events during the upcoming Berlin Fashion Week that starts next Monday showing you all the things that we think are relevant for you. As always are focus is on young designers, avant-garde and street fashion and – most importantly – events that are open to the public. Make sure to check back into this guide in the next couple of days as we will be adding more stuff to it. Have fun!
Berlin Fashion Week Event & Party Guide
It’s time to win something amazing again here on I HEART BERLIN because it’s your Lucky Thursday! In anticipation of the upcoming Berlin Fashion Week we are raffling off tickets for one of the biggest highlights of the season: The Esther Perbandt 10th Anniversary fashion show and after party at Volksbühne.
Esther was born and raised in Berlin, but moved to Moscow and Paris in the course of her education and practical experience in the fashion world. When she returned to Berlin in 2003 she started her own, self-titled label and in the following 10 years became one of the most important local avant-garde designers with her own flagship store in Mitte and retailers all over the world.
Her new collection titled Grotesque is inspired by dancer and performance artist Valeska Gert who was famous for her edgy, provocative and androgynous style in the Golden Twenties of Berlin which ties in perfectly with the elegant, yet unconventional style of Esther’s label that often plays with gender roles in a sophisticated manner.
Find out how to win tickets for the show & party on Wednesday, January 15th 2013, after the jump.