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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.

Photo: Samir Hussein / Getty Images