going gaga for lala
The Bebelplatz main tent, the site of most of Berlin fashion week’s shows, was erected over the city’s book-burning memorial. Designers who opted for off-site shows favored less historically loaded, raw industrial spaces. Yet gritty settings did not guarantee strong reactions. Instead, the sleeper hit of the season was Leyla Piedayesh’s collection for Lala Berlin, which she staged informally at her boyfriend’s Seven Star gallery. As models in slinky rock-chic knits posed in front of rare photographs of iconic film and rock stars, the designer explained why she decided to forgo a runway show. “There was something more important happening in my life besides fashion—I became a mother three months ago.” So while some Berlin designers focused on off-setting the city’s past and others keyed in on its pulsating party energy, Piedayesh looked to the future, as embodied in her infant daughter, who attended the presentation in a snuggly mint green Lala Berlin sweater.