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Sartorial Sunshine at Day Three of Berlin Fashion Week

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After seven years, Berlin Fashion Week is solidly in its sophomore phase. The surge of energy that initially propelled it has waned, with major regional fashion houses such as Joop!, Hugo Boss and Rena Lange bowing out, while internationally renowned German designers like Jil Sander and Kostas Murkudis never participated. Yet optimism unites the fifty-one designers currently presenting collections on the Mercedes Benz catwalk. Bright, clear, confident yellow – the color of sunshine and high hopes – has beamed onto most catwalks during BFW’s past three days.

Vladimir Karaleev, an insiders’ favorite for his roughly finished and sculptural creations, showed a coat made from an unhemmed sunny jacquard silk which could have upholstered a chair in Louis XIV’s living quarters. Models sported fist-sized Marigold corsages over denim and cocktail attire at Marc Cain. Laurèl launched its show with a jumpsuit, shift, skirt and trousers in the same yellow and white lacework print. Young designer Rebekka Ruétz, a beacon for the Berlin fashion scene, presented variations of a tangy tie-dye print in belted blazers, leggings, jumpsuits and skirts under white chiffon veils. And Rike Feurstein suited a model in genteel high-waisted lemony trousers with a matching net breastplate and shoulder-pads the size of hats. Surreal or pragmatic, yellow was the tone of optimism for Berlin’s stalwart designers.

Photos: Courtesy Photos

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