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Berlin Fashion Week Kicks Off, Sans Boss

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Kilian Kerner Show - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015The schedule for Berlin fashion week Spring/Summer 2015 may lack extravaganzas like the stadium-sized picnic and all-night party that Boss Orange hosted for Spring 2010, but a number of smaller, local designers are stepping into the breach.

Instead of occupying the historic but cramped Brandenburg Gate and Bebelplatz sites, which World Cup festivities have taken over just now, Berlin fashion week resides happily in the Erika-Hess-Eisstadion. This vast, open-air ice rink from the sixties has been converted into a breezy main tent. The local German designers, such as Lena Hoschek and Michael Sontag, as well as visitors from emerging fashion cities including a showcase of African designers, presented sensible but still compelling collections.

The evident outliner was Kilian Kerner (pictured, left), a designer who grew up with Berlin fashion week itself. This is Kerner’s tenth BFW season, and he has ripened into a designer whose garments gracefully fill the space left by labels like Boss. Kerner always cites music and club culture as his muse. In his early days, he reveled in silver PVC jeans, slinky Lurex dresses, and shimmering striped zoot suits.

Kerner’s chic Spring 2015 collection is too pretty, light, and precious to hide in a dark club. For women, he assembled floating fabrics in sorbet shades, with a subtle seventies-inspired silhouette, clusters of gold beading, and light layers of quilted silk. His men paid explicit homage to his origins by wearing shirts, briefs, and a full suit made from a print featuring a stained-glass window with Rihanna, Bowie, and Justin Bieber enshrined as saints. With Kerner’s new relaxed cuts and premium fabrics, these pieces were a solid start to a more grown-up Berlin fashion week.

Photo: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

Ready. Set. Show!

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Marc Jacobs Spring '14

With New York fashion week less than a week away, there’s a lot to look forward to. The glitz! The glamour! The street styles! But we can’t help but feel a slight panic attack coming on as well. The mammoth show schedule ensures that the fashion set will be uptown at Lincoln Center one minute, at the Brooklyn Navy Yard the next (ahem, Alexander Wang), and over in West Chelsea just moments later. We’re not even sure that Uber will be able to manage the hordes of requests. Of course, despite the crosstown commutes and subzero temps, you’re expected to be at the top of your game—and look it, too. i-D magazine compiled fifty pieces of useful advice for surviving, nay, thriving during the freezing, sleep-deprived, party-packed week ahead. More important, though, it reminds us to embrace it all with a wink and a smile. We’ve called out our five favorite tips below, and will be putting the entire list to use come Wednesday.

1. Being clean is unfailingly chic.

2. Boys who dress like girls are a grand tradition that must be preserved at all costs. Ditto, girls who dress like boys.

3. Words like “edgy” and “directional” should be used sparingly, otherwise you sound like the tacky fashion “expert” off breakfast telly.

4. If you are going to blog about fashion, make sure you can string a sentence together.

5. All the best avant-garde looks will get you arrested—for example, women wearing trousers in Paris, back in 1800.

Photo: Indigitalimages.com

Fashion Week Countdown: A Super Sabbatical

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Ready or not, here it comes. New York fashion week is just over two and a half weeks away, and while the non-fashion world enjoys the last gasps of summer, we at Style.com are busy ramping up for the Spring ’13 shows. For the next few weeks, we’ll look forward by looking back—at our favorite moments from fashion weeks past.

Gisele confirmed today what everyone already more or less knew: The world’s most photogenic woman is pregnant, again. Great news for Bündchen and Tom Brady, less great news for runway obsessives, who may have been hoping to see her on the runway this season. (She presumably will be sitting this one out.) We’ll always have the memories. Style.com’s Gisele directory has over 500 of her best catwalk moments. And hey, there’s always next season.

Photo: Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com

Fourteen Days And Counting

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The invites have started pouring in, but one in particular so far has stood out: It’s a tiny letter-pressed card wrapped in lo-fi brown wax paper with our name and address hand-typed on—get this—a manual typewriter, from Araks. We were so charmed we called up to ask how long it took to do all of them. Two interns spent 15 hours at the task, it turns out. Here’s one of them hard at work. The collection itself, we learned, takes pointers from the work of Rachel Feinstein Currin and pics of street style faves like Giovanna Battaglia and Vika Gazinskaya.

And Now An Important Message From Sean Combs And Co.

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If you aren’t all jazzed up about Fashion’s Night Out yet, the PSA, which just went live on www.vogue.com, should do the trick. With Diddy rapping, “Come on, let’s do it for the people, baby,” how could it not? Speaking of music, we hear that the Rodarte sisters have recruited the drag queen Justin Bond, a.k.a. Kiki of Kiki & Herb, to perform at their personal appearance at Barneys. It seems as if every square foot of the Madison Avenue store will be covered with designers, models, and showbiz types, but in particular we’re looking forward to catching the premiere of Coco Rocha‘s “Fashionista” video, dropping by the Alabama Chanin sewing circle, and getting our copy of the new book Isabel Toledo, Fashion From the Inside Out, signed by the woman herself. For more details about the goings-on at Barneys and at stores across the city, click here.