Berlin is… Alternative

Berlin is… Alternative

photos: Fredrik Altinell

Of all the big cities in the world, Berlin appears to be somehow mainly one thing: an alternative. Not just another option, an alternative. An alternative to the high-pressure in New York, to the expensive prices in Paris, to the suboptimal living conditions in London. Berlin in itself offers so many alternatives. Every culture has a counter culture here. You have the choice to go along with the mainstream, or to take an alternative route. You have the big Berlinale Film Festival with very few women directors, writers and producers taking part, and than there is the Feminist Film Week. You have all the big theater stages with your typical theater fair, and than there are all these small independent ones showing highly progressive and experimental pieces. You have heaps of conventional night clubs and bars, and you have those where you can appear naked or have sex in the middle of the dance floor.

And of course you have the official Berlin Fashion Week with celebrity craze and commercial labels, with its counter part being the Berlin Alternative Fashion Week that brings young, eccentric and creative designers into the limelight. Exactly this BAFW stands as a perfect example for the parallel worlds inside Berlins fashion scene. I have personally been to both, and I can tell you the audiences they attract couldn’t be further apart from each other. If you don’t believe me, believe your eyes this coming Friday and Saturday when their runway shows dedicated to recycled and avant-garde fashion, respectively, take place.

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Berlin Alternative Fashion Week #2 Photos

Berlin Alternative Fashion Week #2 Photos

photos: Alicia Kassebohm

Last Saturday the Berlin Alternative Fashion Week took its second spin. The focus of this fashion event outside the regular international fashion week schedule is on fashion that break the restrictions of wearability. Our guest author and photographer Alicia Kassebohm took a few impressions from the shows of Ivana Pilja, Field of Ponies, Bas Kosters Studio und Roman Ermakov as well as some backstage images. Discover the unconventional side of fashion after the click.

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The Weekly Event Guide

Menbot by Seymour

This week’s event guide comes a bit late and is actually more a short little weekend guide: The university of arts UdK is opening their house for the Rundgang 2011 from Friday to Sunday to showcase the work of their students. One of my favorite galleries, the Strychnin gallery in Friedrichshain, is opening a new group exhibition called Gentle Giants that also features an amazing new sculpture by Berlin-based artist Seymour. Also on Friday young photographer Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert is opening his first solo show Photographed By… at Locht43. Muschi Kreuzberg is having another one of their Fatwalk shows at the 3rd anniversary proud party at Arenaclub on Friday night.

Raf Simons is in town to curate the Avant/Garde Diaries, an exhibition that is open on Saturday and Sunday with a concert of Fisherspooner on Saturday evening. On Saturday there is another big group show by Playground Berlin taking place at the amazing space that is Mica Moca in Wedding where Wood Wood had their fashion show last Friday.

Designers without Fashion

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Photo: Alfredo Piola / artlist

What happens when you invite the world’s most renowned avant-garde designers to showcase their talents in an exhibition without letting them show fashion? Art, naturally. And in the case of Bernhard Willhelm something with penises, naturally.

More then 20 designers are part of the DYSFASHIONAL exhibition that is opening on June 24 at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, among them are Raf Simons, Martin Margiela, Hussein Chalayan, Antonio Marra, Gaspard Yurkievich, Item Idem, Bernhard Willhelm and from Berlin: Kostas Murkudis, Bless and Michael Sontag. It’s practically impossible to beat that line-up. To get a sneak peak of what the artists are showing look after the jump.

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