3 posts tagged "Markus Ebner"
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.
German model Nadja Auermann rose to supe-level stardom in the nineties alongside the Cindys, Claudias, and Christys of the world—with whom she starred in the iconic Avedon Versace campaign—but has largely left the runways in recent years, preferring to focus on her acting career and family. But for Markus Ebner, editor in chief of the German fashion glossy Achtung Mode, Auermann was too good to let go. He coaxed her back to the page a year and a half after the birth of her third child for the cover of his latest issue, dedicated to another homegrown German innovation: techno. “Techno was born in Berlin,” the story has it. “And so was Nadja Auermann, the city’s most famous blonde beauty and Helmut’s most Newtonesque face and figure of this capital.”
Ebner and photographer Ralph Mecke took Auermann to the clubs where techno was born to shoot Auermann in Gareth Pugh, Dior Homme, and YSL. “Germany seems to produce an iconic blonde model every few years,” Ebner tells Style.com. “To photograph them is one of the linchpins of Achtung. There is Claudia Schiffer, Toni Garrn, Christina Kruse, and Julia Stegner, [but] the coolest-looking was always Nadja Auermann, often photographed in a subversive and sexy way by Helmut Newton, her fellow Berliner.” “Nobody else looks like Nadja,” Mecke adds. “She is the anti-Barbie doll—not from the cookie cutter model maker factory. Striking, unafraid, and elegant with an edge.”
The cover debuts exclusively on Style.com, as does the video below, which features Auermann at Berlin’s legendary Tresor, the club where techno was born, set to “Code Blue,” a track by Terranova from their forthcoming album Hotel Amour.
The German stylist, editor, and writer Markus Ebner isn’t exactly overwhelmed with free time—he’s the contributing fashion editor of Die Zeit, writes reviews for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and edits Achtung, the fashion magazine he founded and now runs from Paris. That makes it all the more impressive that every two years, for every World Cup and Euro Cup, Ebner—along with his co-editor, Godfrey Deeny—manages to produce another journal: SEPP, the original fashion-meets-football publication. Founded in 2002, when, Ebner says, “few designers, except maybe Armani with the Davids—James and Beckham—and Dirk Bikkembergs cared much about football,” the magazine commissions designers to create jerseys, sketches, and shoots inspired by the beautiful game. (Its first supporter? The diehard Inter Milan fan Donatella Versace, who contributes a jersey design to every issue, almost always in Milan blue.) For the 2010 installment, designers such as Alber Elbaz (above), Giambattista Valli (below), Giorgio Armani, and Dries Van Noten lent their talents, as did Karl Lagerfeld, who sketched a few of his favorite stars as well as one player who we could only hope would take the field. That fellow’s name? Karl Lagerfeld (bottom). Continue Reading “The World Cup, Kit By Lanvin. No, Really.” »