Berlin Shines The Spotlight On Its Young Design Stars-------
Mercedes-Benz Berlin Fashion Week is under way in the German capital. All week, reporter Hili Perlson will be sending back dispatches from the scene.
Mercedes-Benz Berlin Fashion Week dedicated the third day to the city’s youngest and finest. Though less experimental than in past seasons, most designers showed handsome, wearable men’s and women’s collections with just a hint of Berlin brash.
The newest addition to the schedule is menswear designer Hannes Kettritz. His vision of the modern man included oversized jackets with a kimono cut and short sleeves worn loosely with shorts. Matte gray was the base color for almost every outfit, combined with the pastel mint and pale tangerine shades we’ve been seeing everywhere this season. A seemingly harmless ashen overcoat created a sensation when the back of the coat (made of a clear plastic) became visible, as did the model’s (well-formed) naked rear.
MALAIKARAISS‘s Malaika Raiss presented her show offsite at the beautiful turn-of-the-century Villa Elisabeth. Almost entirely in white with a few splashes of deep green and sky blue, the lightweight designs were inspired by David Hockney’s paintings of sixties and seventies L.A. Casual yet tailored cuts gave the collection a 90210 update. “I don’t try to appeal to the so-called fashionistas, but to all women. Women who wear my clothes can be 15 or 65,” the designer told Style.com.
The summer breeze continued at Perret Schaad‘s tent show. Launched some three years ago, Johanna Perret and Tutia Schaad’s label is now among the city’s most loved. Their clean silhouettes and sophisticated color combinations make for simple, effortless elegance. Metallic rust and glimmering ocean blue accentuated the otherwise pale tones of the collection. Airy, slouchy fits on dresses, blouses, and pants gave the garments a lightness that wasn’t weighed down even by the more structured items in mohair and linen. With the Berlin summer infamously short, the challenge will be to find time to wear all the visionary looks that come out of the German capital.