Is it safe to travel to Europe right now ‘cos I’m scared to travel abroad?

Is it safe to travel to Europe right now 'cos I'm scared to travel abroad?
Is it safe to travel to Europe right now ‘cos I’m scared to travel abroad?

It’s been a rough few weeks.

The citizens of France are in a state of shock.

The world is in a dreadful state.

Our sympathies and condolences are with the people, family and friends of Nice.

We're not leaving!
We’re not leaving!

First, we had that horrible referendum in which my fellow Brits voted to Leave the European Union, and won!

Shortly after, we had situations of terror in France, mindless shootings in the US, the senseless mass killing of the gay community in America, a mad axe-wielding teenager in Germany, an airport terror attack and a near military coup in Turkey, and the awful fact that Donald Trump, a laughable figure, might in fact, end up being the next President of the United States, and thus, the leader of the Free Western World!

Uggggh!

And just recently, very very recently, we had another disturbed teenager run riot of an evening, randomly shooting innocent shoppers, after luring them to a free McDonalds’ burger, in Germany!

Just what is the world coming to?

It's just so sad. ©Lionel Bonaventure / AFP Getty Images
It’s just so sad.
©Lionel Bonaventure / AFP Getty Images

It’s sad.

I’m in shock.

And I’m just so sad.

The terrorist attacks have struck my continent.

This wonderful continent of Europe might make tourists and visitors wonder.

They might think that perhaps travelling abroad isn’t all it’s made out to be.

10 reasons why being a British Eurpean is a really good thing!
10 reasons why being a British European is a really good thing!

They might think that Europe isn’t the place to be after all!

My blog isn’t about politics, and I’m not a politician or a secret agent, so outside of the odd look-between-the-lines rant, I can’t tell you what to do, or advice you as to who best to run your country. Or mine!

What I can tell you is how to cope, and how to keep on living, doing whatever it is you’re doing.

I’m a British person and I live in Europe. People are worried and concerned:

I’M SCARED TO TRAVEL ABROAD!

I want to travel the world with you but I’m scared to travel abroad...
I want to travel the world with you but I’m scared to travel abroad…

You don’t need to be.

However!

I’ll tell you something for nothing.

We Europeans are as stoic as we come.

Europe is thousands of years old and has been through battles many, many times.

We’re not strangers to attacks.

Or threats.

Or war.

The most horrifying Jewish concentration camp in the history of Nazi Germany. Auschwitz.
The most horrifying Jewish concentration camp in the history of Nazi Germany.
Auschwitz.

You’ve only got to look through the last century to see that.

Britain has been blighted by the IRA in Ireland for years, and tourists still love to come to the UK.

Spain has had train explosions from people fighting for the separation of the Basque Region from the country, and tourists still love to visit Spain.

Heck! World War II was started by a madman from Austria, who terrorised the whole continent by his fantasy of German supremacy. Not to talk of the Berlin Wall that was to divide a nation for 38 years, and tourists still love to come to Germany too!

The point I’m trying to make is:

DON’T LET FEAR TAKE CONTROL

Don't let fear take control!
Don’t let fear take control!

Walk outside your front door.

Drive your car.

Get on that train.

Take a flight.

Sail on a ship.

Take a step at a time.

Don’t let fear take control!

IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL TO EUROPE ‘COS I’M SCARED TO TRAVEL ABROAD? 

Sure it is. Everyone is welcome!
Sure it is. Everyone is welcome!

Sure it is!

Millions of international tourists and travellers visit and travel through Europe every year, and most visits are completely and utterly trouble-free.

However, if you have any concerns, or need help, or information, I recommend the following:

  • As much as possible, stay away from large crowds and high-profile events.
  • Don’t leave bags or baggages unattended. Take care of your belongings and passports at all airports and train stations.
  • Remain vigilant but don’t go crazy and finger-point at random innocent people, going about their business.
  • Follow the instructions of the local authorities.
  • Monitor media and local information sources.
  • Allow extra time for your journey due to increased security measures at airports, important train stations and international borders.
  • If you’re British, contact GOV.UK for foreign travel advice to any country!
  • If you’re German, contact the Außenministerium der Bundesrepublik Deutschland – Andere Länder.
  • If you’re American, contact the Embassy of the United States in whichever country you’re in.
  • Take out travel and medical insurance BEFORE you travel.

Don’t panic remember:

Keep calm! Don't worry! Don’t panic!
Keep calm!
Don’t worry!
Don’t panic!

Crime rates in many countries are low.

Standards of living are high.

Education is free, therefore literacy is high.

Many Europeans speak at least three languages.

There is social security, therefore the social gap is lower than outside the European continent.

Health and health insurance is taken seriously and in many cases, is the law.

Social infrastructure works wonderfully and is available to all.
Social infrastructure works wonderfully and is available to all.

Social infrastructure works wonderfully and is available to all.

Tolerance is extremely high.

Fairness and truth are important.

Ordinary people don’t carry weapons of any kind. There isn’t a need to!

They say that most accidents and deaths occur near to, or in the home. Statistically, you’re safer outside your home!

And if you’re still not sure take a peep.

Victoria’s Summer European Challenge Campaign!

Sit back & relax while I go on Victoria's Summer European Challenge Campaign!
Sit back & relax while I go on Victoria’s Summer European Challenge Campaign!

Yes, that time is soon nigh.

Summer baby!

Get ready for…..

Victoria’s Summer European Challenge Campaign!

European Challenge what?!

Oh. Cooooome. On!

I’ve already told you about this. Remember?!

Every weekend, I’m going to be visiting a different European city! Yeeks!
Every weekend, I’m going to be visiting a different European city!
Yeeks!

Every weekend, I’m going to be visiting a different European city.

Every weekend!

For six (6) weeks!

So, since I’m a happily married woman, a responsible mother, and it’s going to be the summer holidays (being smart here), I’m going to be taking the “Tall Young Gentleman” with me!

And.

Get this.

We’re going to be travelling completely by train!

OMG!

WHERE ARE WE GOING?

Copenhagen:

Demark's most famous icon. The Little Mermaid of Hans Christian Anderson!
Demark’s most famous icon.
The Little Mermaid of Hans Christian Anderson!

Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark and has a population of just under 600,000 people!

Copenhagen is situated on the eastern coast of the island of Zealand, partly located on Amager, and is separated from a town called Malmö which is actually in Sweden, by the strait of Øresund!

Originally a Viking fishing village founded in the 10th century, the name of the city reflects its origin as a harbour and a place of commerce. The original Danish name was Køpmannæhafn, meaning “merchants’ harbour,” or often simply Hafn or Havn meaning “harbour” and so in the early 15th century, Copenhagen became the capital of Denmark.

Doesn't Denmark look as if you could eat it! ©NordicFoodFestival.
Doesn’t Denmark look as if you could eat it!
©NordicFoodFestival.

Since the turn of the 21st century, Copenhagen has seen strong urban and cultural development facilitated by investment, in its institutions and infrastructure. It is one of the major financial centres of Northern Europe and has become integrated with the Swedish province of Scania and its largest city, Malmö, forming the Øresund Region!

I’ve been to Denmark many times, but it’s been twelve (12) years, since I was last there, and we’re going to be staying at a hotel hostel-style, ‘cos Danish prices are out of this world!

Eeeek!

Lucerne:

Lucerne in Switzerland
Lucerne in Switzerland

Lucerne is a city in the German-speaking part of central Switzerland and is the capital of the Canton of Lucerne, and the capital of the district of the same name!

With a population of about 80,501 people, Lucerne is the most populous city in Central Switzerland.

Owing to its location on the shore of Lake Lucerne (der Vierwaldstättersee), within sight of Mount Pilatus and Rigi in the Swiss Alps, Lucerne has long been a destination for tourists.

The official language of Lucerne is Swiss German, which is very different from German-German and very sing-songy…!

I live in Germany and Switzerland is practically next door but…

Shock & Horror! I've never actually been to Switzerland!
Shock & Horror!
I’ve never actually been to Switzerland!

Shock & Horror!

I’ve never actually been!

Mainly ‘cos it’s frightfully expensive!!

This time I’m going to cough up, and just go for it. And with a demanding growing lad too.

Gulp!

Luxembourg:

Luxembourg, otherwise known as the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg,
Luxembourg, otherwise known as the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

Luxembourg, otherwise known as the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, is a country in western Europe.

It is bordered by Belgium to the west and north, Germany to the east, and France to the south.

Its capital Luxembourg City, together with Brussels and Strasbourg, is one of the three official capitals of the European Union, and the seat of the European Court of Justice, which is the highest judicial seat in the EU!

The culture, people, and languages of Luxembourg’s are highly intertwined with its neighbors, making it essentially a mixture of German and French!

Luxembourg is one of the smallest sovereign states in Europe!
Luxembourg is one of the smallest sovereign states in Europe!

With an area of just 2,586 square kilometres or 998 square miles, it is one of the smallest sovereign states in Europe, and about the same size as the state of Rhode Island in the US, or the county of Northamptonshire in England!

Luxembourg has a population of just 524,853 and is one of the least-populous countries in Europe!

It is a democracy with a constitutional monarch, headed by the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and is the only remaining grand duchy in the world! Not only that, but Luxembourg is considered to have the world’s highest GDP per capita!

Wow!

Luxembourg will be a new country for me, and I’ve heard lovely things about it.

To put the cherry on the cake, we’re also going to be guests of Visit Luxembourg.

I’m pretty excited to visit, aren’t you?!

Bratislava:

The local folk of Bratislava, in Slovakia!
The local folk of Bratislava, in Slovakia!

Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia, and with a population of about 450,000 is Slovakia’s largest city!

Bratislava occupies both banks of the River Danube and the left bank of the River Morava, which borders on Austria and Hungary making Bratislava, the only national capital in the world, that borders two independent countries!

In fact, Bratislava is so small, that most people end up taking a day-trip to Vienna (Austria) that is just one (1) hour away by train!

As lovely as Prague!
As lovely as Prague!

Yipee!

I’ve always been impressed by the history of Slovakia as after the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in post World War I, the Slovaks and Czechs established Czechoslovakia!

On 1st January 1993, Slovakia became an independent state after the peaceful dissolution of Czechoslovakia. A very prime example of how two nations, even after separation, still live together and or are, connected to each other, without hate and strive!

As you know, I used to live in the Czech Republic and whilst there, I lived briefly in Slovakia too!

In those days, there was hardly any difference at all, so I’m going to have to find out if it’s still true!

Germany:

I live in Germany. We can all choose our lifestyle.
I live in Germany.
We can all choose our lifestyle.

And because this is my blog and I can do whatever I like, I’m going to add two German destinations!

Bremen:

Bremen - a Hanseatic city in northwestern Germany, otherwise known as the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen!
Bremen – a Hanseatic city in northwestern Germany, otherwise known as the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen!

Bremen is a Hanseatic city in northwestern Germany, otherwise known as the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen!

Bremen is a commercial – industrial city, with a major port on the River Weser.

It’s part of the Bremen/Oldenburg Metropolitan Region and is with 2.4 million people, the second most populous city in Northern Germany!

Bremen is a major cultural hub and home to historical galleries and museums, ranging from historical sculptures to major art museums.

I’ve been to Bremen a few times, but I remember the very first time that I visited. Over twenty (20) years ago…!

Gulp!

The Musicians of Bremen, in Bremen!
The Musicians of Bremen, in Bremen!

I couldn’t believe that the animal statues that were dotted all over the city, were the animals in the old Grimm folk story – The Musicians of Bremen!

You can imagine how I felt when I found out that Hamelin from the The Pied Piper of Hamelin fame, actually existed and is based on a real true life event….!

Usedom:

On Usedom - a Baltic Sea island in Pomerania, Germany!
On Usedom – a Baltic Sea island in Pomerania, Germany!

Usedom is a Baltic Sea island in Pomerania which originally used to be one single island region but since 1945, was divided between Germany and Poland!

About 80% of the island belongs to the German district of Vorpommern-Greifswald in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

The other side and the largest city on the island, are part of the Polish West Pomeranian Voivodeship!

The island’s total area is 445 square kilometres (172 square miles). The German part is 373 square kilometres or 144 square miles, and the Polish part is 72 square kilometres or 28 square miles.

With a population of just 76,500 people – 31,500 on the German side and 45,000 on the Polish side, Usedom is the sunniest region of both Germany and Poland, and it is also the sunniest island in the Baltic Sea Region!

On the pier in Usedom - a Baltic Sea island in Pomerania, Germany!
On the pier in Usedom – a Baltic Sea island in Pomerania, Germany!

I’m absolutely thrilled, as we’ve been lucky enough to be invited as guests of the Usedom Island courtesy of Usedom Tourismus GmbH!

I’ve never been to Usedom before, so I just can’t wait to experience 42 kms of beach, which is even said to rival that of Brighton!

I am excited to be able to see the magnificent historic bath architecture villas on the German promenade, the echo of nobility and the wealthy bourgeoisie, artists and intellectuals of the 19th century, as well as lakes, marshes, dunes and woods, all blended into tiny countryside villages within a Natural Park!

Yes! Yes! Yes!

ANYTHING ELSE?

We're going to be travelling by train!
We’re going to be travelling by train!

I live in Berlin.

In Germany.

And Germany is right in the center of Europe.

It has airports, train stations, bus stations, bicycle stations, cars, ships, ferries, and every possible means of transport.

I travel a lot for leisure and pleasure so we’re going to be travelling by one of my favourite forms of transport.

We’re going to be travelling by train!

See you next week!

 Is it safe to travel to Europe right now 'cos I'm scared to travel abroad?
Is it safe to travel to Europe right now ‘cos I’m scared to travel abroad?

This article is not sponsored, and all opinions about taking control of travel nightmares, are my very own!

July is Pride Week!

From 02.07.16 – 24.07.16, the LGTB (community), well-wishers and gay-friendly supporters will gather in Berlin to celebrate and advocate a tolerant and open-minded society.

Throughout the summer months of July & August, all the museums in Berlin will be open each and every day! This will conclude with the bi-annual Die Lange Nacht der Museen otherwise known as the Long Night of Museums taking place on 27.8.16 from 6p.m. in the evening ’till 2a.m in the morning!

The Pop Kultur Festival is a new festival based in hipster Neukölln, over three (3) exciting days of new international and German bands, live concerts, performances, talks and reading, taking place from 31.08.16 – 02.09.16.

I’ll be attending an Exclusive Food Tour with Fork & Walk on Wednesday, August 10th organised by the Berlin Chapter of Travel Massive.

Berlin Art Week will take place from 13.09.16 – 18.09.16 so if you like contemporary art, this is the place for it!

Save the Date!

July is going to be hot!

I’ll be there. Will you?

As usual, you can also follow me via daily tweets and pictures on Twitter & Facebook!

If you’re not in Berlin in July, you’re missing all the action!

Watch this space!

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How to be young, bright and absolutely fabulous – showing your stuff at Berlin Fashion Week 2016/2017 Part II!

How to be young, bright and absolutely fabulous – showing your stuff at Berlin Fashion Week!
How to be young, bright and absolutely fabulous – showing your stuff at Berlin Fashion Week!

So last week, I wrote a little about emerging designers. Young emerging designers. Designers with technology and vision in mind.

I was only able to write about four (4) of them as I was so busy giving you tips about what actually Berlin Fashion Week was all about, as many of you hadn’t even known that Berlin had a Fashion Week!

Say what!

How come?

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017 ©Lupi Spuma Fine Photography
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017
©Lupi Spuma Fine Photography

How was it that you didn’t know that one of the trendiest, youngest, most up-coming cities in the world, had and celebrated, it’s own fashion week, and had been doing so for nineteen (19) years, although it really took off about nine (9) years ago! Making Berlin a global platform of both emerging and established labels, from around the world! In fact, Berlin is so attractive that trendhunters, the international press and media (like moi!), opinion leaders, and celebrities, are all over the place.

I once walked right past Rihanna whilst on the top floor of our only French Department Store – Lafayette – I didn’t know it was her as she’s really tiny, and it was only the amount of twittering and whispering around me, that made me look around only to discover it was the lovely lady herself. I’ve also stood right next to Keanu Reeves (during my party days. Ho! Ho!), very, very early in the morning, at an underground station. I thought it was weird that some guy was twirling around the station pole, with a huge man standing next to him, looking all stern! But you know, it’s Berlin.

Some random guy once brought a pony on the underground train, and nobody blinked. It’s not that weird lol!

Backstage Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin SPRING/SUMMER 2017 ©Nass / Brauer
Backstage – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin SPRING/SUMMER 2017
©Nass / Brauer

I previously mentioned about fifteen (15) fashion institutions or designers that I thought were worth taking a look at. Here they are again:

  • The European Fashion Award FASH 2016 show
  • The Hungarian Embassy, Berlin and the Design Terminal Budapest
  • #FashionTech Berlin
  • Berlin Fashion Film Festival
  • Thomas Hanisch
  • Tomcsanyi
  • Sample – cm
  • HFK Bremen
  • Vanessa Krongold
  • Nathini van der Meer
  • MAISONNOÉE
  • LANA MUELLER – Prêt-à-Porter
  • Sammler Berlin
  • Cushnie Et Ochs
  • Jeans for Refugees by Johny Dar
FASHIONTECH BERLIN 06/2016 © NILS KRÜGER
FASHIONTECH BERLIN 06/2016
© NILS KRÜGER

I’ve already written about the European Fashion Award FASH 2016 show, the Hungarian Embassy, Berlin and the Design Terminal Budapest, #FashionTech Berlin, and the Berlin Fashion Film Festival, so let’s continue with the others!

THOMAS HANISCH

Thomas Hanisch - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017 ©Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Thomas Hanisch – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017
©Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz

Thomas Hanisch is a 22 year old talented designer who has not ony designed his own watch, but also two outfits for the pop singer Lady Gaga, and an outfit for the British actress Tilda Swinton!

Thomas Hanisch is an avant-garde couture label that combines art and fashion to get “wearable art.” Inspiration comes from past events, which he combines with futuristic scenarios.

Thomas Hanisch - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017 ©Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Thomas Hanisch – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017
©Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz

The collection had black silk with Spanish influenced eyebrows, strong make up and red eyeshadow and lipstick. Hair had a 1940’s/1950’s look! Materials were black and red leather, black and white striped dresses, floral chiffon open V-necked dresses, shiny black and white checked designed fronts. Flared trouser jump suits, thin red belts, fur, and over-sized round sunglasses. Burnt orange and brown chiffon tops, cream skirts, black suede high-heeled shoes.

Thomas Hanisch - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017 ©Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Thomas Hanisch – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017
©Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz

Lacquer S&M-like black leather tops and gloves.

A very strong black and white theme inspired by Cruella de Vil!

TOMCSANYI

Tomcsanyi - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017 ©Victor Boyko/Getty Images for IMG
Tomcsanyi – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017
©Victor Boyko/Getty Images for IMG

Tomcsanyi is a contemporary womanswear label based in Budapest.

Growing up in post-socialist Hungary, the founder and designer – Dori Tomcsanyi – draws from her childhood memories of happy days in the former Eastern Bloc!

Tomcsanyi - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017 ©Victor Boyko/Getty Images for IMG
Tomcsanyi – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017
©Victor Boyko/Getty Images for IMG

The collection is inspired by working – class marches on labour Day in the 80’s. Today’s strong and self-confident woman is key, with laid-back styles with an edgy twist and simplicity and yet, with a minimalistic elegant style.

As I was seated on the front row. (yay!), I was able to observe the grey cream overcoat, with huge red poppy pink colour scheme. Silk and coppery glittery outfits, long silk shirts, jackets and shorts. 3/4 trousers, denim material, off-the-shoulder orange chiffon dresses with strong belts and buckles on the side, or made from dressy material. Strong bloc cubism patterned dresses, and dresses with motifs of hands! Silver and golden block-heeled sandals and shoes, flat gold and black street shoes or espadrilles.

Tomcsanyi - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017 ©Victor Boyko/Getty Images for IMG
Tomcsanyi – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017
©Victor Boyko/Getty Images for IMG

Colours were pale orange / pink, red, blue, orange, green / blue azure, black and white. Long wavy hair. Star motif on faces.

SAMPLE – CM

Sample - cm at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017 ©Ulrike Sophie Rindermann
Sample – cm at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017
©Ulrike Sophie Rindermann

Sample – cm is the brain-child of french designer Margot Charbonnier. Nourished with London and Parisian influences, her label endorses a fine vision within the independent design label spirit of Berlin!

Her designs aims to ensure high quality hand-made pieces, mixing fashion and art to challenge, and re-think functional clothing. This project of collections – grand bassin. (don’t think before you leap) – is characterized by refined, comfortable and intelligent design, using sportswear to combine watery surfaces, racerback cuts, and clothes that shift, hold, or are merged together.

The show took place in the basement of the Generator Venue Hostel in Berlin!

Fashion can be in the basement of the Generator Hostel in Berlin too! Sample - cm at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017 ©Max Bertani
Fashion can be in the basement of the Generator Hostel in Berlin too!
Sample – cm at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017
©Max Bertani

We were given a bag of goodies and a drink and then taken down into the basement where wooden benches were put aside. I had been there before on a Travel Massive event so I wasn’t too surprised, but my fellow fashion person was distressed. He didn’t find the seating arrangement very much to his liking. At all!

The collection was a combination of pale blue long dresses in a sort of sport muscle-shirt style, with huge pockets on the arms. Some materials were made from wool or terry cloth and had a sort of purse attached to it (very useful)! The garments come with straps and instructions, giving the opportunity to adjust, loose, action or transform the piece.

Sample - cm at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017
Sample – cm at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017

The models also wore pale bodies with wide cream trousers. Colours were pale green, cream, black, with red shoes or white sport swimming footwear.

HFK BREMEN

The ACHT Graduate Show & Exhibition. HFK Bremen otherwise known as the University of the Arts Bremen or Hochschule für Künste Bremen
The ACHT Graduate Show & Exhibition.
HFK Bremen otherwise known as the University of the Arts Bremen or Hochschule für Künste Bremen

HFK Bremen otherwise known as the University of the Arts Bremen or Hochschule für Künste Bremen is one of Germany’s most successful arts institutions dating back to 1873! With a small student body of about 900 students, 65 professors and 180 assistant professors, the institution’s specialism in both music and visual arts is unique within Germany – outside of Berlin’s own Universität der Künste Berlin or UdK, otherwise known as the Berlin University of the Arts!

I attended the ACHT Graduate Show & Exhibition in which under the “invitation only” show performance, eight graduates of the Integrated Design Program, exhibited their conceptual Master Theses in Menswear, Womenswear, Accessories and Artwork, during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin.

Eight projects. Eight concepts. Eight positions. One exhibition. One show.

The ACHT Graduate Show & Exhibition. HFK Bremen otherwise known as the University of the Arts Bremen or Hochschule für Künste Bremen.
The ACHT Graduate Show & Exhibition.
HFK Bremen otherwise known as the University of the Arts Bremen or Hochschule für Künste Bremen.

All projects seemed to create a very intense statement of style.

One project had young men in various poses wearing olive-coloured t-shirts, black shorts, green and yellow socks, and pale-green shoes. Hair was all slicked down reminding me of a sort of 1950’s American preppy look! A very clean, classical frugal look with the male models changing position at various times and dressed, as if in a school gym!

One project had red-hair models contrasting under copper sheaths so that they were quite camouflaged. Thankfully, they were wearing black clothes with white socks, so that you could actually see them!

HFK Bremen Acht Graduate Show & Exhibition Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017 ©Victor Boyko/Getty Images for IMG
HFK Bremen Acht Graduate Show & Exhibition – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017
©Victor Boyko/Getty Images for IMG

One project had hair like old Scottish tribal druids with one small pony tail!

One project had clothes with lots of thread woven around the eyes and face and the models wore pink and textile accessories, with black grey socks, woven threads and rubber-tipped fingers!

HFK Bremen Acht Graduate Show & Exhibition. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017 ©Victor Boyko/Getty Images for IMG
HFK Bremen Acht Graduate Show & Exhibition – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017
©Victor Boyko/Getty Images for IMG

One project had the models wearing over-huge glasses and over-huge lips with a huge wide smile, and all teeth! They wore woollen clothing and a sort of workers-style feet and shoes.

Another project had a set of female models with brutally cut brown hair, and brown, purple, and dark blue clothing of felt fabric. Models also wore bright pink eye-shadow.

HFK Bremen Acht Graduate Show & Exhibition. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017 ©Victor Boyko/Getty Images for IMG
HFK Bremen Acht Graduate Show & Exhibition – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017
©Victor Boyko/Getty Images for IMG

One project had a set of male models with very classical English looks who wore huge jackets, trousers and belts, with natural fibre. They reminded me of an English rugby game, but with a more slimline look! Shoes and flip-flops were made from natural fibre wool and leather too. Very like a rug!

The last project was local indigenous material inspired by native indians in South America (I’m guessing).

Very nicely and artistically done! ‘Loved it!

VANESSA KRONGOLD

Vanesa Krongold - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017 ©Victor Boyko/Getty Images for IMG
Vanesa Krongold – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017
©Victor Boyko/Getty Images for IMG

Vaness Krongold is a young designer from Argentina.

Her inspiration comes from contemporary vanguardism, the internet, the young and the forbidden. Her designs are a reflection on the development of her own textile prints, with a strong digital effect.

Making particular use of colours and fabrics, her designs reflect a new reality, a playful message within a unisex silhouette, making her designs both innocent, as well as provocative!

Berlin Fashion Week can be awfully exhausting so a snack is necessary!
Berlin Fashion Week can be awfully exhausting so a snack is necessary!

Fashion Week can be awfully exhausting but since this show was at the STAGE me Collectors Room in gentrified Mitte, I could actually take a 20 minute tram ride and nip back home again!

So I did!

I wore a more evening-like dress as I had a few after-parties to go later in the day, and actually ended up sitting right next to Vanessa Krongold’s mother and brother!

Neat!

And they were so excited for Vanessa too.

Vanesa Krongold - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017 ©Victor Boyko/Getty Images for IMG
Vanesa Krongold – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017
©Victor Boyko/Getty Images for IMG

The designs were see-through net jackets, 3/4 pedal pushers and colourful striped pastel prints. The male and female models wore slim-line summer-like print motifs dresses (girls), and sporty net tops (boys).Very sparkly skirts and huge ghetto-fabulous earrings, American style Adidas trainers for the boys and black socks, and huge American base-ball-like colourful hats. I really liked the footwear as there were wonderful metallic-looking boots. I like boots!

Lots of crinkle-like material, and a modernized version of sleek hippy-looking boys and girls, both with plaits in their colourful hair, and piercings. Colours were electric lime green, metallic purple, pale copper, black, and metallic leather white. In fact, faces wouldn’t have looked out of place in the Northern region of Winterfell in Game of Thrones!

Designer Vanesa Krongold at her Vanesa Krongold show - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017 ©Victor Boyko/Getty Images for IMG
Designer Vanesa Krongold at her Vanesa Krongold show – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017
©Victor Boyko/Getty Images for IMG

I quite liked it!

NATHINI VAN DER MEER

Designer Nathini van der Meer at Nathini van der Meer - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017 ©Philip Schulte/Getty Images for IMG
Designer Nathini van der Meer at Nathini van der Meer – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017
©Philip Schulte/Getty Images for IMG

Nathini van der Meer is a Berlin-based director and designer who works in both the fashion and film industry, which also manifests in her multimedia approach to fashion presentation. Her collections are non-seasonal and defy the gender binary as traditional global fashion-rhythms slowly begin to deteriorate, while her videos channel and process, the observations and encounters made on the road.

The Last Frontier collection was almost forty (40) minutes late but made up for it in its Friends in Action fashion and video collection, which was an artistic video of the models getting into their clothes, and walking on rooftop buildings!

Nathini van der Meer - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017 ©Philip Schulte/Getty Images for IMG
Nathini van der Meer – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017
©Philip Schulte/Getty Images for IMG

There were natural bark and wood shavings on the floor. You stood freely in the open-spaced room, and the models walked in between us, on the wooden platforms!

The clothes presented were black and white, dark black and olive-green. Trousers and shorts had stitched beading and the tassels were shoe lace straps, as part of the clothing design! Grey felt and lot of pastel cool coloured wool.

Nathini van der Meer - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017 ©Philip Schulte/Getty Images for IMG
Nathini van der Meer – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017
©Philip Schulte/Getty Images for IMG

Models were a variety of skin colours, hair styles, ages and sex. Every model had their finger tips painted black, some had some sort of object in their hands, all had some sort of belt!

MAISONNOÉE

Maisonnoee - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017 ©Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images for IMG
Maisonnoee – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017
©Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images for IMG

MAISONNOÉE is a Berlin-based high-quality prêt-à-porter fashion brand, founded by designer Sophie Böhmert.

The brand´s name MAISONNOÉE is a neologism largely meaning “house of peace/strength/ tranquility“ and describes the women who wears MAISONNOÉE as successful, intelligent, and cultured.

Maisonnoee - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017 ©Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images for IMG
Maisonnoee – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017
©Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images for IMG

MAISONNOÉE is defined by its fusion of craftmanship and attention to detail, and works exclusively with high-quality materials that are designed in Berlin, made and processed in Europe, inspired by nature and architecture, found all over the world.

Designer Sophie Boehmert at her Maisonnoee show - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017 ©Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images for IMG
Designer Sophie Boehmert at her Maisonnoee show – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017
©Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images for IMG

Lines are with tweed, linen, and the signature use of leather. There is a slender sleek look with black, cream, and mushroom brown! American pilot bomber jackets and black dresses. High heeled sandals and court shoes, sculptured cheekbones and long hair. Large floppy summer hats, and two little flower girls!

LANA MUELLER – Prêt-à-Porter

Lana Mueller - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017 ©Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for IMG
Lana Mueller – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017
©Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for IMG

Since it’s founding in 2015, the LANA MUELLER label has specialized in creating extravagant and glamorous evening gowns. Underlining the femininity of any woman with a tantalizing and sensual combination of lace and silk. Lana Mueller’s goal is to accentuate her customers aplomb and grace, by innovative and skillful tailoring.

LANA MUELLER presented her second couture collection in her first fashion show, consisting of 22 stunning couture dresses with lots of lace and silk in muted colours. Immediately after the LANA MUELLER COUTURE fashion show, Lana Mueller opened her first showroom in Berlin where she works and creates her very own and special LANA MUELLER look.

Designer Lana Mueller at her Lana Mueller show - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017 ©Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for IMG
Designer Lana Mueller at her Lana Mueller show – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017
©Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for IMG

Following the store opening, Lana Mueller created her first Pret – à – porter collection as well as a Casual meets Couture collection, in collaboration with the young label 2ALLY.ME from Berlin.

SAMMLER BERLIN

Sammler Berlin - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017 ©Victor Boyko/Getty Images
Sammler Berlin – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017
©Victor Boyko/Getty Images

Sammler Berlin is an up-and-coming German label created by Rebecca Sammler, a trained furrier and leather manufacturer. All of her pieces are exceptional, but equipped with a certain understatement, as each of her seasonal collections are only produced in limited quantities, and hand-made in her Berlin based studio.

SAMMLER Berlin’s Spring/Summer 2017 collection Côte D’Azul is homage to the beauty and capricious nature of the sea, as well as the nostalgic flair and chic of the French Riviera in the 60’s!

Sammler Berlin - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017 ©Victor Boyko/Getty Images
Sammler Berlin – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017
©Victor Boyko/Getty Images

Models wore jackets and skirts with silver glittery tops, silver thin straps or strapless. chiffon and pleated skirts and silk. Wide baggy trousers defining traditional material such as leather, luxury pleats and silk in combination with reflecting prints on aluminium sequined embroidery. One dress had a sort of long fishnet shawl! Colours were white, bubblegum pink, azure, electric blue, glittery cream, and sea-shell blue grey. Shoes were high-heeled sandals, some had cork soles or sea-shell-like shimmery material.

The fashion crowd was much younger than the norm, and the clothes were very glittery and bright.

I'm sorry but I look amazing! © Pascale Scerbo Sarro
I’m sorry but I look amazing!
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro

Very me!

‘Loved them!

CUSHNIE ET OCHS

Cushnie Et Ochs - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017 ©Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Cushnie Et Ochs – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017
©Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz

Established in 2008 by Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, CUSHNIE ET OCHS embodies a unique sensibility that seamlessly combines a bold sensuality, with a raw feminine attitude that is confidently understated, and luxuriously modern, such that their dresses have been seen on an array of women from Reese Witherspoon and Rihanna, to First Lady Michelle Obama.

The designers’ inherent understanding of the female body informs their body-contouring silhouettes, while celebrating the women who wear them. The collection has an alluring sense of energy and its flawless execution is complemented by the use of color and bold lines. The striking collection speaks to the new modern woman who owns her own individuality.

Cushnie Et Ochs - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017 ©Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Cushnie Et Ochs – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017
©Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz

This collection was my last show of the season although by now, my feet were killing me and in fact, I actually sprained my left ankle and had to pack it in ice!

Anyhoo, the show was packed with German celebrities on the front row and groups of young models, who I later saw going home by bicycle! I was on the second row, and was asked to move to the first!

Clothes were black feminine trouser suits with an open front and an open back. Wide trousers with matching halter top. Green one shoulder dresses, pink, olive-green, pastel blue outfits. Huge buttons, silk and linen with mixed pink green-blue prints.

Cushnie Et Ochs - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017 ©Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Cushnie Et Ochs – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017
©Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz

Black and white stiletto shoes with red soles, smoky make-up, wonderful slimline dresses.

Gorgeous!

JEANS FOR REFUGEES BY JOHNY DAR

Designer Johny Dar at his Jeans For Refugees By Johny Dar show - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017 ©Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images for IMG
Designer Johny Dar at his Jeans For Refugees By Johny Dar show – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017
©Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images for IMG

Jeans for Refugees is a Johny Dar artistic fundraising project, dedicated to helping refugees around the world, with all proceeds going to the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

100 celebrities world-wide have donated a pair of their jeans to be painted on by Johny Dar. Each pair of jeans will be made into an individual art piece, and the 100 pieces will be exhibited for one week at the Saatchi Gallery in London, at the end of October, 2016. At the end of the exhibition, each piece will be auctioned, and all proceeds raised will be donated to the IRC initiative, helping millions of refugees worldwide, on a daily basis.

Kate Moss - Jeans for Refugees by Johny Dar.
Kate Moss – Jeans for Refugees by Johny Dar.

Jeans for Refugees is an extraordinary visual display of inspiration, innovation and collaboration, and an artistic initiative of hope. 30 of the 100 pairs of jeans were revealed by Johny Dar on the Berlin runway, and will be launched on the Jeans for Refugees online auction at catawiki.com.

The fashion show featured jeans from stars such as Anna Wintour, Christina Ricci, Claudia Schiffer, Danii Minogue, Elle McPherson, Emma Watson, Eva Longoria, Florence Welch, Heather Graham, Kate Moss, Lilly Allen, Mel C, Minnie Driver, Pink, Rachel Mc Adams, Sharon Stone, Sofia Coppola, Zoe Kravitz, and Zoe Saldana.

It was the first show on the last day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week so I was able to sit on the front row again! I wanted to start the way that I meant to go on, as it was going to be a looooong day because all my fashion catwalk appointments were packed from 10:00 – 17:30. Back to back!

Jeans For Refugees By Johny Dar show - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017 ©Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Jeans For Refugees By Johny Dar show – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017
©Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz

The models had their hair and make up in a Star-Wars Princess Lea galactic style, with black-blue metallic lipstick and jewels stuck on skin! Jeans featured a range of original prints including intricate black and white bold mandalas and an Arabian stallion hand-painted T-shirt, silk scarves, silver, blue, gold, green, purple and burnt orange colours. Paint was splashed, or had colourful squiggles on distressed jeans.

I would love to be able to buy one of his T-shirts!

That’s it for now. See you next week!

This article is not sponsored, and all fashion opinions about young emerging designers, are my very own!

July is Pride Week!

From 02.07.16 – 24.07.16, the LGTB (community), well-wishers and gay-friendly supporters will gather in Berlin to celebrate and advocate a tolerant and open-minded society.

CSD on the Spree (River) will take place on 21.07.16.

Dyke * March Berlin will take place on 22.07.16.

Our main Gay Pride Day otherwise known as Christopher Street Day (CSD), will take place on 23.07.16.

I’ll also be attending an Exclusive Food Tour with Fork & Walk on Wednesday, August 10th organised by the Berlin Chapter of Travel Massive.

Save the Date!

July is going to be booming!

I’ll be there. Will you?

As usual, you can also follow me via daily tweets and pictures on Twitter & Facebook!

If you’re not in Berlin in July, you’re missing all the fun!

Watch this space!

How to be young, bright and absolutely fabulous - showing your stuff at Berlin Fashion Week 2016/2017 Part II!
How to be young, bright and absolutely fabulous – showing your stuff at Berlin Fashion Week 2016/2017 Part II!

Is it just me or do some of these fashion themes seem to be inspired by Game of Thrones? What do you think of these young emerging designers? Have your say?

See you in Berlin.

If you like this post or if you have any questions send me a tweet, talk to me on Facebook, find me on Linkedin, make a comment below, look for me on Google+ or send me an Email: victoria@thebritishberliner.com

How to be young, bright and absolutely fabulous – showing your stuff at Berlin Fashion Week 2016/2017 Part I!

How to be young, bright and absolutely fabulous - showing your stuff at Berlin Fashion Week!
How to be young, bright and absolutely fabulous – showing your stuff at Berlin Fashion Week!

I’ve got to tell you.

Living in Berlin is the dogs bollocks!

Berlin is just so amaaaaaaazing!

I know I go on about it, but moving to Berlin has got to be just one of the best things that I have ever done, and if you’ve ever visited Berlin, you’ll know absolutely why!

Germany - my adopted country!
Germany – my adopted country!

Beeeeerlin!

Less than a fortnight ago (two weeks), I was running around the city because I attended Berlin Fashion Week and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week as press, and I’m awfully proud of it.

Living in Berlin has afforded me the opportunity not only to grow professionally (opening up two schools in Berlin / gaining a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Education Leadership and Management ), grow personally (obtaining a German husband – a gorgeous talented fellow – and an equally amazing tween son), but also grow creatively working as an International Social Media Lifestyle, Expat & Travel Blogger with this here blog.

You know the one – my blog – The British Berliner!

As such, I like to give back.

I love giving something back! HFK Bremen Show - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017 © Victor Boyko/Getty Images for IMG
I love giving something back! HFK Bremen Show – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017
© Victor Boyko/Getty Images for IMG

I enjoy promoting young entrepreneurs and young people with vision, zest, energy and ideas.

As a result, I made it a point of duty to ensure that not only did I cover the classic wonderful fashion brands that delight and astonish us, but also the up and coming, the new generation, the unknowns and the I-do-it-because-I-love-it fashion designers and artists.

BUT WHAT IS BERLIN FASHION WEEK ALL ABOUT?

A model with a ballet slipper on her head and wrapped around her body. Yep! I'Vr Isabel Vollrath - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017 © Victor Boyko/Getty Images for IMG
A model with a ballet slipper on her head and wrapped around her body. Yep!
I’Vr Isabel Vollrath – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017
© Victor Boyko/Getty Images for IMG

So before we go any further, let me clarify that Berlin Fashion Week isn’t Milan, Paris, London or New York. It’s Berlin!

It’s different.

It’s vibrant.

It’s a hub for artists and designers to create, innovate, and showcase fashion, music, film, art, and culture.

Berlin is raw.

Berlin is rough at the edges.

Berlin is unique.

Berlin is creative.

And so is it’s fashion!

Eliot Sumner & Lucie van Alten. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017
Eliot Sumner & Lucie van Alten.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017

I’ll be writing all about the fashion and glamour of Mercedes-Benz next week but this week, I would like to write about emerging designers.

But before we go any further, a quick reminder of the stuff that I’ve previously written:

At the PANORAMA BERLIN Trade Fair AfterParty. Whoop! Whoop! Hello Kitty Stickers!!! Berlin Fashion Week 2016/2017
At the PANORAMA BERLIN Trade Fair AfterParty. Whoop! Whoop! Hello Kitty Stickers!!!
Berlin Fashion Week 2016/2017

Let’s be honest. One of the reasons that people swarm over to Berlin like bees flying to a sticky honeypot, is because of the constant jollification! Oh yeah! Berlin knows how to paaaarty, and Berlin Fashion Week was absolutely no exception. In fact, it was far much better….!

The fact that I had various press passes ensured that many doors were open to me and boy, did I use my privileges!

I received loads of invitations and parties that I actually turned some down!

And why?

Champagne Baby! Berlin Fashion Week Yeeeeeah!
Champagne Baby!
Berlin Fashion Week Yeeeeeah!

Because after my second and third season I was knackered, and had drunk far too much champagne!

I had to detox as I just couldn’t take the high life any more, and ended up having no alcohol. NO ALCOHOL! And then taking it really sloooow with just a glass of champagne. Only A GLASS! And the day after that, I had a glass of champagne at a fashion event, and a lemon beer. A LEMON BEER people.

OMG!

The first time I wasn’t actually invited and just sort of bragged and hustled my way through! However, by last summer I was well and truly on my way to being a real press person!

This was my sixth season at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin so I knew the drill:

Myself at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin! I'm wearing a British designer - Ted Baker - by the way lol!
Myself at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin! I’m wearing a British designer – Ted Baker – by the way lol!

Wear something nice.

Come early and get your make-up done professionally.

And your nails.

Wear heels.

Hide a pair of “comfy shoes” or birkenstocks.

When you’re in the press bus, take off your heels.

Take your notebook and pen / pencil.

Drink lots and lots of water.

Drinking a very important cup of tea! © Pascale Scerbo Sarro
Drinking a very important cup of tea!
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro

Go home for a real cup of tea!

Take it easy on the champagne and cocktails!

At the end of the night, take off those damn heels!

Here we go.

I received press invitations and passes to thirty-nine (39) exclusive fashion houses and fashion trade shows, and about (20) after-shows functions and parties.

Twenty (20)!

Of course, after what happened a year ago, there was absolutely no way that I would even attempt to go to them all, so I decided to be smart and be selective. There’s always the next fashion season…!

WHERE WERE THE NEW EMERGING DESIGNERS?

New designers can be found at universities or on the High Street / Shopping Mall! SDBI European Fashion Award FASH – 2016
New designers can be found at universities or on the High Street / Shopping Mall!
SDBI European Fashion Award FASH – 2016

The new emerging designers could be found at:

  • The European Fashion Award FASH 2016 show
  • The Hungarian Embassy, Berlin and the Design Terminal Budapest
  • #FashionTech Berlin
  • Berlin Fashion Film Festival
  • Thomas Hanisch
  • Tomcsanyi
  • Sample – cm
  • HFK Bremen
  • Vanessa Krongold
  • Nathini van der Meer
  • MAISONNOÉE
  • LANA MUELLER – Prêt-à-Porter
  • Sammler Berlin
  • Cushnie Et Ochs
  • Jeans for Refugees by Johny Dar

THE EUROPEAN FASHION AWARD FASH 2016 SHOW

First prize winners went to Flora Sophie Taubner and Lars Dittrich. SDBI European Fashion Award FASH – 2016
First prize winners went to Flora Sophie Taubner and Lars Dittrich.
SDBI European Fashion Award FASH – 2016

The European Fashion Award FASH contest is organised by the Stiftung der Deutschen Bekleidungsindustrie zur Förderung der Ausbildung von Nachwuchskräften in der Modebranche, otherwise known as, the German Fashion Industry Foundation for the Promotion and Training of up-and-coming designers in the Fashion Industry, with the purpose of promoting the further education of exceptionally talented students in the fashion industry.

The fashion award is open to talented design students of all disciplines, with emphasis on fashion and textile design. Applications must be students currently enrolled in their fourth semester or higher, registered at an european university or fashion school, or have a Masters Degree completed in the previous academic year. The fashion topic was CHANGE – searching for visions of a new era.

The Neues Museum, otherwise known as the New Museum. © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Achim Kleuker
The Neues Museum, otherwise known as the New Museum.
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Achim Kleuker

The award show took place at the Neues Museum, otherwise known as the New Museum, so I just knew that I had to go.

After all, you know how much I like history and art, so what could be better than fashion presented within the walls of ancient civilizations and remnants of the “old world!”

Colours were strong and dark such as red, black with trailing ribbons, yellow and green. Fabrics were wool, long suede leather skirts and aprons with belts. Leather slippers on feet. The male models wore pilot anoraks, dark blue leather aprons with leather pockets, and blue grey jumpers for autumn.

Very practical!

Lovely refreshments at the European Fashion Award FASH 2016.
Lovely refreshments at the European Fashion Award FASH 2016.

We were served cool glasses of wine and platters of cold cuts, wholesome chunky cheese, pickles, slices of crunchy bread, breadsticks, nuts, and mustard to keep our energy levels up!

Fashion people tend not to eat so this was surprisingly nice!

As for what the fashion and society set were wearing? Black and dark blue, black shoes, and here and there, flecks of silver!

I was wearing orange!

THE HUNGARIAN EMBASSY, BERLIN & THE DESIGN TERMINAL BUDAPEST

With Eszter Bittmann In Budapest, Hungary.
With Eszter Bittmann In Budapest, Hungary.

I went to Hungary last year and had a very nice time in Budapest. Perhaps that was why I was invited to the opening of a fashion room presenting young Hungarian Designers, by the Hungarian Embassy, Berlin and the Design Terminal Budapest.

The Design Terminal features design and fashion related exhibitions, fashion shows, design conferences, and many other programs along the lines of design and innovation representing all kinds of “creative industries” and promoting Hungarian design brands at home and abroad.

And that they did!

Celeni - NOT JUST A LABEL collection ©Celeni
Celeni – NOT JUST A LABEL collection
©Celeni

I hovered over one piece bodies and white – cream monochrome pieces inspired by wave-boarding for the nostalgic smart woman of Elysian. I especially liked the Celeni – NOT JUST A LABEL collection, and in fact, I went to a similar show-case organised by BOLD promoting i-D – a glossy magazine that documents fashion and contemporary culture and Zalando Fashion House, last summer!

The inspiration for Celeni’s S/S 2016 collection is the playful and romantic style of Hungarian Romany culture, with its lively style of dressing, the feeling of modern-day Roma domestic design with a chic, metropolitan style worn by professional feminine women!

A well-deserved dinner of Hungarian Goulash, Hungarian pasta and a side salad at the Hungarian Embassy in Berlin!
A well-deserved dinner of Hungarian Goulash, Hungarian pasta and a side salad at the Hungarian Embassy in Berlin!

After the speeches and fashion collection, I mingled, and helped myself to the warm filling of a Hungarian dinner, and full-bodied red wine!

#FASHIONTECH BERLIN

FASHIONTECH BERLIN 06/2016 © NILS KRÜGER
FASHIONTECH BERLIN 06/2016
© NILS KRÜGER

#FASHIONTECH Berlin is a platform for all ideas and business models that influence the way fashion is designed, produced, distributed, marketed and sold. It targets fashion industry digitalisation, fashion experts, industry insiders, designers, start-up businesses and where young designers and entrepreneurs can meet, learn, discuss, network, find out about fascinating projects and explore new opportunities.

I love going there!

And why?

‘Cos I’m a freak.

I like to learn about new stuff!

So sue me!

DTAG Fashion Fusion #FASHIONTECH Berlin
DTAG Fashion Fusion
#FASHIONTECH Berlin

I was awfully busy this season, and so I couldn’t really stay for the sessions which included such topics as Wearables & Design, E-Commerce & The Future of Retail, Digital Marketing & Communication, I did however, attend the Fashion Fusion Press Launch!

The Fashion Fusion initiative is a combination of high-tech and fashion converging to create smart apparel supported by Deutsche Telekom which is encouraging innovative ideas for the fashion of tomorrow as part of its plans to become a digital lifestyle brand. Deutsche Telekom and other partners have created the “Fashion Fusion Challenge”: an international competition, where young talent throughout Europe, will have the unique opportunity to draw upon the aid of experts from industry, the fashion sector and the startup scene to realize their visionary concepts for high-tech apparel, wearables and digital lifestyle products and bring them to market.

Students, young professionals and startups from the fashion, design and technology sectors have brilliant ideas!
Students, young professionals and startups from the fashion, design and technology sectors have brilliant ideas!

Students, young professionals and startups from the fashion, design and technology sectors may submit their concepts until August 1, 2016 in one of the three categories: Connected Devices & Accessories, Digitally Enhanced Fashion and Smart Services. If you’re interested, make sure that you avail yourself of each and every opportunity, to get your ideas and products out there!

BERLIN FASHION FILM FESTIVAL

Yes you art - Desigual AW 2015 - nominated for Casting, Use of Fashion and Emerging Artist Berlin Fashion Film Festival (BFFF)
Yes you art – Desigual AW 2015 – nominated for Casting, Use of Fashion and Emerging Artist
Berlin Fashion Film Festival (BFFF)

Now, I actually attended the Berlin Fashion Film Festival (BFFF) at the beginning of June, but I never got around to writing about it!

It’s a magnificent event created by a fellow British expat that I met last year – Niccolò Montanari – who is the young co-founder, and Head of Communications of the Berlin Fashion Film Festival (BFFF). And as you can see this is what living in Berlin does for you.

If you don’t find what you see, or feel that you can do something better, get up and do it yourself!

If you've got a great idea, don't wait. Get up and do it yourself!
If you’ve got a great idea, don’t wait. Get up and do it yourself!

You know how much I love art films and quirky films so it was only going to be a matter of time before I bumped into them, somewhere in the city!

The Berlin Fashion Film Festival is an annual Berlin‐based celebration of creative video content for the lifestyle, beauty and fashion industry, in which a selected group of 500 leading creatives working between fashion, film and advertising, come together to celebrate the best fashion film productions of the year. It’s goal is to recognise, embrace, and reward exceptional branded video content, focused on fashion, beauty and lifestyle.

LNFA Triple Launch: Network in Fashion & Film. Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
LNFA Triple Launch: Network in Fashion & Film.
Berlin Fashion Week 2016.

Phew!

Aimed at celebrating talent, discovering upcoming creative trends, and connecting creative professionals, the BFFF Awards encourages productions companies, film directors, filmmakers, producers, creative agencies, fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands, labels and designers to get to know each other and work together. The festival also includes 48 hours of talks, case studies, panel discussions, masterclasses, creative speed dating, film screenings and an international tour.

Jay Boogie - Lady - nominated for Experimental Video Berlin Fashion Film Festival (BFFF)
Jay Boogie – Lady – nominated for Experimental Video
Berlin Fashion Film Festival (BFFF)

With 40 winners, 20 categories and 100 nominated films, it was a couple of days of intense screen watching!

That’s it for now. See you next week!

This article is not sponsored, and all fashion opinions about being artistic and creative, are my very own!

Next week, I’ll be writing more about Berlin Fashion Week!

July is Pride Week!

From 02.07.16 – 24.07.16, the LGTB (community), well-wishers and gay-friendly supporters will gather in Berlin to celebrate and advocate a tolerant and open-minded society.

The Lesbian-Gay City Festival will take place from 16.07.16 – 17.07.16.

CSD on the Spree (River) will take place on 21.07.16.

Dyke * March Berlin will take place on 22.07.16.

Our main Gay Pride Day otherwise known as Christopher Street Day (CSD), will take place on 23.07.16.

The Berlin Chapter of Travel Massive and Terminal 3, will be hosting True Stories. Told Live. Digital Nomad Style as part of the Tech Open Air Festival on July 14th, at Spielfeld Digital Hub.

I’ll also be attending an Exclusive Food Tour with Fork & Walk on Wednesday, August 10th.

Save the Date!

July is going to be blazing hot!

I’ll be there. Will you?

As usual, you can also follow me via daily tweets and pictures on Twitter & Facebook!

If you’re not in Berlin in July, you’re missing all the excitement!

Watch this space!

How to be young, bright and absolutely fabulous – showing your stuff at Berlin Fashion Week 2016 - 2017!
How to be young, bright and absolutely fabulous – showing your stuff at Berlin Fashion Week 2016 – 2017!

Have you ever been to Fashion Week? Are you young, bright and absolutely fabulous? Do you want to be? Have your say?

See you in Berlin.

If you like this post or if you have any questions send me a tweet, talk to me on Facebook, find me on Linkedin, make a comment below, look for me on Google+ or send me an Email: victoria@thebritishberliner.com