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Berlin Fashion Week Wraps Up With Voices From Farther Afield

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Mercedes-Benz Berlin Fashion Week wrapped up this weekend in the German capital. Reporter Hili Perlson reports from its final day.

For many designers based outside of Germany, Berlin fashion week is a popular gateway to an international catwalk debut, and the final day was a showcase of emerging young talents from across Europe.

The day kicked off with Romanian menswear label Twenty (2) Too, where deconstruction was the order of the day. Designer Mihai Dan Zarug showed denim jackets sewn onto trenchcoats. Multicolor stripes added accents to the otherwise pastel palette and corresponded with the beaded African masks.

The eco-conscious label Romanian label PATZAIKIN and its designer, Olah Gyaras, drew inspiration from the beauty of the Danube Delta and incorporated elements of the traditional garb worn there, like straw hats, loose-fitting pants, and boxy tops. The label has also designed the official uniforms for the Romanian athletes at the London Olympics; its founder, Ivan Patzaikin, was once an Olympic canoe sprinting champion.

Istanbul Next presented three women’s designers. Pop art met Ottoman references in Gunseli Turkay’s designs, which stood out with lavish bright prints on flowing maxi dresses and blouses. Zeynep Erdogan, a household name in Turkey, showed a collection (pictured) that combined shoulder-exposing geometric cutouts underplayed with nude tulles, voluminous minidresses, and fine detail work on buttons. Burce Bekrek showed a minimalist collection in white and nude, integrating cutouts and transparency into the silhouettes.

The Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana closed the fashion week with a show by three emerging designers from Italy. Design duo Leitmotif stole the show, however, with its menswear collection Dream Day. If its allusions to a dream day were rather literal—beaches, blue sky, and ice cream appeared in the colorful prints on hoodies, shorts, shirts, and cropped denim jackets—the collection was nevertheless self-assured.

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Berlin Shines The Spotlight On Its Young Design Stars

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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.

Mercedes-Benz Berlin Fashion Week dedicated the third day to the city’s youngest and finest. Though less experimental than in past seasons, most designers showed handsome, wearable men’s and women’s collections with just a hint of Berlin brash.

The newest addition to the schedule is menswear designer Hannes Kettritz. His vision of the modern man included oversized jackets with a kimono cut and short sleeves worn loosely with shorts. Matte gray was the base color for almost every outfit, combined with the pastel mint and pale tangerine shades we’ve been seeing everywhere this season. A seemingly harmless ashen overcoat created a sensation when the back of the coat (made of a clear plastic) became visible, as did the model’s (well-formed) naked rear.

MALAIKARAISS‘s Malaika Raiss presented her show offsite at the beautiful turn-of-the-century Villa Elisabeth. Almost entirely in white with a few splashes of deep green and sky blue, the lightweight designs were inspired by David Hockney’s paintings of sixties and seventies L.A. Casual yet tailored cuts gave the collection a 90210 update. “I don’t try to appeal to the so-called fashionistas, but to all women. Women who wear my clothes can be 15 or 65,” the designer told Style.com.

The summer breeze continued at Perret Schaad‘s tent show. Launched some three years ago, Johanna Perret and Tutia Schaad’s label is now among the city’s most loved. Their clean silhouettes and sophisticated color combinations make for simple, effortless elegance. Metallic rust and glimmering ocean blue accentuated the otherwise pale tones of the collection. Airy, slouchy fits on dresses, blouses, and pants gave the garments a lightness that wasn’t weighed down even by the more structured items in mohair and linen. With the Berlin summer infamously short, the challenge will be to find time to wear all the visionary looks that come out of the German capital.

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