At Day Two of Berlin Fashion Week, a Modest Proposal-------
Modesty was the dominant theme during the second day of Berlin fashion week—not on the catwalks but in conversation. Throughout the tent and on the street, Germans were expressing self-deprecating sympathy for the Brazilians, especially the football players’ families, who were undoubtedly having a pretty awful day after Germany won the World Cup match by six goals. At BFW, in typical Berliner style, however, a modest worldview was counterbalanced by lots of unashamed displays of skin. Marcel Ostertag showed models in sheer polka-dot blouses and summoned the spirits of sexy sixties artists Niki de Saint Phalle and Tom Wesselmann with trompe l’oeil dresses, jumpers, and jackets whose neon ovals outlined models’ breasts. For her Lala Berlin label, designer Leyla Piedayesh paired loose and comfy yummy mummy silhouettes with completely transparent silver mesh and peach silk tops. The classically conservative Frida Weyer brand offered cutout sections on pastel party dresses that exposed midriffs and obliques. Even the beautifully crisp, chic, understated Clemens en August label presented, alongside slinky jumpsuits and boyish suits, a pair of black tap pants under a translucent black dress with a pinstriped collar. Coupled with World Cup empathy, all these see-through tops exposed humble hearts of Berlin.