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7 posts tagged "Lala Berlin"

At Day Two of Berlin Fashion Week, a Modest Proposal

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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.

Photos: Courtesy Photos

Berlin Fashion Week’s Fine Print

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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.

For a behind-the-scenes look at Berlin Fashion Week’s street style, parties, and beyond, click through our slideshow.

Photo: Courtesy Photos

The Best of Berlin

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A look from Achtland's Spring '14 collectionBerlin fashion week wrapped this weekend. The Spring ’14 schedule had a few noticeable holes, with German powerhouses Escada and Hugo Boss opting to present elsewhere. But their absence only made the spotlight shine brighter on local brands.

One of the best moments of the season (along with the parade of memorable street-style experiments) was Achtland’s collection (left), which offered expertly layered garments in silk and cotton. The following day, Augustin Teboul unveiled a theatrical, and equally impressive, all-black Spring ’14 range. Models took to the runway in beaded leather leggings, cropped jackets, wrapped cardigans, and elaborate jeweled headpieces. Cult favorite Vladimir Karaleev didn’t disappoint, either, presenting a conceptual compendium of geometrically patterned fabrics and asymmetrical cuts.

Returning to Berlin from Paris this season, Kaviar Gauche turned out a futuristic, off-white collection. At contemporary art space St. Agnes, the label debuted jackets with minimalistic wave finishes, see-through dresses with floral embroidery, and leather blouses and coats. Continue Reading “The Best of Berlin” »

Berlin Fashion Week Comes to a Close

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Throughout Berlin fashion week, Alonso Dominguez will report back on the best and brightest shows. To view our complete coverage, click here.

Day 4:
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.

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Dispatch From Berlin

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In between the men’s shows and Couture (kicking off today), you could be forgiven for bypassing Bebelplatz. But Berlin fashion week, which ended yesterday, sent out several polished collections last week, and celebs like Tilda Swinton and Chloë Sevigny found time to touch down in the front rows.

For trend trackers, the seventies mood that prevailed for Spring may not be going anywhere soon: Rena Lange, Laurèl (above, right), Allude, and Schumacher worked a Me Decade vibe—think a long-locked and fresh-faced Meryl Streep as muse. For something a little more structured, Hugo by Hugo Boss turned out sleek, crisp daywear and cocktail looks in a palette of black, red, and white. (The elegant show at the Neue Nationalgalerie attracted the aforementioned celebs.) For Berlin’s rowdy nightlife scene, Kaviar Gauche’s PVC tees, paired with cream-colored silk trousers, could be a good bet; and Vladimir Karaleev’s sculptural wool pieces (above, left), inspired by repeated listenings to Nirvana’s Unplugged, have a grunge sensibility that feels as fresh now as it did the first time around.

Leyla Piedayesh’s sophisticated and sexy Lala Berlin collection (above) continues to be a Berlin highlight. Inspired by children’s arts and crafts, dresses, trousers, and full, boxy suits came printed in emerald, blue, and acid lemon, a pattern like marbled paper. The shimmery details on a tiny, slinky dress looked like glitter or sprinkles, but this was a grown-up collection.

Photos: Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week