8 posts tagged "Fashion Week"
The 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.
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.
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.