14 posts tagged "Berlin Fashion Week"
As a writer, it was nice to see that the leading Fall ’14 trends during Berlin fashion week were homages to old-fashioned printed words and images. Almost every main show included black-and-white outfits with patterned sections containing actual lettering or imagery that could have been lifted from a newspaper page. Lala Berlin combined panels of pretty white silk and black lace, and pinned signs expounding the virtues of being wild but nice on the backs of its casually structured blazers and flowing coats. Marc Cain adorned a pencil skirt with a vintage New York Times photo of the Williamsburg Bridge. Hien Le, meanwhile, sent out black-and-white egg-shaped wool dresses, knee-length skirts, and boxy blazers for her, and matching sweaters that resembled an illustrator’s charcoal shading paper for him. [ep_anouí] by Eva Poleschinski presented white leather tulip skirts paired with chiffon blouses covered in cursive black scrawl (including a coded charcoal love note to Cy Twombly). Vladimir Karaleev’s graceful, oragami-esque folds of cream-colored felt and silk could have been a frustrated writer’s crumpled blank page. As for the reportage that writers would broadcast about fabric, the big buzz was the appearance of Elizabeth Hurley wearing—hold the presses—black leather leggings and a white top with Morse code-like dots.
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The last day of Berlin fashion week kicked off with Issever Bahri (left)—a young label (founded in 2010) designed by German-Turkish duo Derya Issever and Cimen Bachri. For Fall ’13, the pair put forth a minimal, neutral collection of long silk shirts and oversize knits. These were worn with black leather trousers and short skirts in wool velvet. Demure dresses brought a youthful femininity to the collection.
Over at Vladimir Karaleev, deconstruction was the name of the game. The conceptual designer sent men and women in unfinished gabardine, wool, and rubber garments down his runway. Key looks included a cream woven sweater with a mesh detail that exposed the model’s torso and a cropped see-through-plastic electric blue jacket with faux-fur sleeves.
At Dawid Tomaszewski, one of the most anticipated shows of the week, there were smoky-eyed models wearing sculptural black and dark gray looks in leather and silk. Applications like rubber patches on tights and copper-colored metallic belts and cummerbunds gave the collection a futuristic feel, while baded embroidery and carefully tailored jackets and capes were evidence of the designer’s attention to detail.
Michael Michalsky’s show—the last of the evening—was held at an off-site location. For men, there were rolled-up trousers, dark blazers, and leather jackets. Illustrator Bendix Bauer designed Michalsky’s custom Fall print, which appeared on trousers, shirts, and a suit. For the ladies, the designer showed long silk and lace dresses and skirts paired with thick coats, dark blazers, or sequined jackets. Mini polka dots covered aqua blouses and long skirts, and the black chiffon finale gown—nipped at the waist with a bowed belt—closed the show (and for that matter, Berlin fashion week) with a flash of drama.
Is the Schwarz-Rot-Gold having a fashion moment? The answer may be yes. Germany’s Jil Sander returns to the women’s runway this Saturday in Milan. This season’s Berlin fashion week was stronger than ever, and German models new and returning ruled the catwalks. There seems to be no stopping Kati Nescher (left, in Stephan Schneider), who stomped her way through a very successful New York season. So did Toni Garrn, a Calvin Klein exclusive lo these many years ago and still working steadily today; she secured the opening spot at Ralph Lauren. If German fashion is on the rise, it’s hard to think of a better outlet to celebrate it than Achtung Mode. The magazine’s Markus Ebner—who recently weighed in on the Raf/Hedi debate for Style.com—paid tribute to his countrymen and women’s designs, modeled by Germans Nescher, Antonia Wesseloh, and new Calvin Klein discovery Thorben Gärtner, in a new story shot by Markus Pritzi on location in Berlin and Paris.
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.
Day two of Berlin’s fashion week saw a change in direction, with many of the labels sending more mature and subtle creations down the runway, compared to the previous day. Black and white combinations ruled the palette, often with a minty pastel green or a bright tangerine for contrast.
Hugo by Hugo Boss (pictured) transformed an ice skating rink into a catwalk. White carpet replaced the ice, much to the chagrin of guests—including Kate Bosworth, Jessica Joffe, and China Chow—hoping for a break from the heat wave. The womenswear included A-line dresses with a below-the-knee cut, worn with geometric tops that gave the silhouette a futuristic look. Asymmetric shoulders made a big return at Hugo, accentuated with thin strips in a reflective metallic material. On the menswear front, standout pieces were a two-tone suit in black and white, with electric blue and red that melted on the border, and a playful suit jacket/blouson combination.
The collection of rising star Michael Sontag (a favorite of Vogue Germany editor in chief Christiane Arp) showed a strong development of the designer’s aesthetic, which is characterized by a special ability to do very feminine cuts without going über-femme. Extra fabric lining the contours on pants created a trompe l’oeil effect of round skirts and transformed tops into light sculptured capes. The show’s highlight was a wide charcoal overcoat in rich natural silk.
Romanian designer Irina Schrotter closed the day. This season, Schrotter, whose career spans two decades, entrusted her label to young avant-garde designer Lucian Broscatean, who gave the line his signature smart elegance. High-slit dresses in sand, nude, sheer white, and pale pink made up the core of the collection, matched with pieces in tangerine and bronze. The accessories drew inspiration from the art of Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei, giving the clean looks a crafty touch.
Mercedes-Benz Berlin Fashion Week began yesterday in the German capital. All week, reporter Hili Perlson will be sending back dispatches from the scene.
Berlin fashion week has a new home this season, a few kilometers away from its former address. That makes it not only the first time that the shows will take place in the former West, but also that it’s sharing real estate with the Siegsäule, the nineteenth-century Victory Column that was also ground zero for the legendary Love Parade. The electronica-and-more fest wasn’t known for its high fashion cred—it gave rise to more than a few bizarre looks—but it inspired some utterly creative getups in its heyday nevertheless.
Still, the shows at Berlin were more fashion than festival. Escada Sport opened the season with a breezy Spring 2013 collection of light knits and embroidered pieces that mixed a hot summer Cancun getaway with Berlin cool. At the end of the show, it was a lamb leather T-shirt worn with matching pants that had showgoers buzzing.
The contrast to Augustin Teboul’s presentation could hardly be starker. The visionary German-French duo showed an all-black collection of sheer fabrics and leather, inspired by Baudelaire’s Les fleurs du mal, offsite in a grand West Berlin apartment, where the models were set within cavernous flower arrangements.
Dawid Tomaszewski took things in a more avant-garde direction, sending alienlike models down the runway wearing futuristic jackets and laser-cut dresses made of high-tech materials, styled with feathers held in place by a mouthpiece (pictured, right). The collection of gravity-defying tops and rubber leggings was aptly entitled Metamorphosis and was inspired by the landscape of Portugal, though save for the Fado soundtrack, the collection evoked Asia Minor more than Iberian Peninsula.
Kaviar Gauche, one of the city’s strongest brands, closed out the first day, showing its signature ultra-feminine and always wearable looks, this time in shades of yellow, mustard, ocher, and black (pictured, left).