How to be an embodiment of urban, provocative cool: Berlin Fashion Week – Autumn/Winter 2016 – PART II!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Autumn/Winter 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Autumn/Winter 2016.

In Berlin, fashion and design labels present themselves with work that can be described as inventive, experimental, expressive and so very urban, and so the other week, I told you about Berlin Fashion Week – Autumn/Winter 2016.

I had so much to tell you that I had to split the post up. Here’s what you missed: How to be an embodiment of urban, provocative cool – PART I!

Now that’s sorted out, let’s go on!

WHERE DID I ACTUALLY GO?

Which way is Fashion Week? THE WYLD at Friedrichstadt-Palast, Berlin.
Which way is Fashion Week?
THE WYLD at Friedrichstadt-Palast, Berlin.
  • ANNA GORKE
  • ANJA GOCKEL
  • BRACHMANN 
  • BRIGHT
  • ESTHER PERBANDT
  • FACES MAGAZINE PARTY
  • #FASHIONTECH BERLIN-KONFERENZ
  • GREEN FASHION TOUR THROUGH PRENZLAUERBERG
  • IVANMAN
  • LENA HOSCHEK
  • LNFA TRIPLE LAUNCH
  • PANORAMA
  • POP UP Fashion Berlin
  • PREMIUM
  • SEEK
  • SHOW & ORDER
  • STEINROHNER

DAY THREE (3)!

ANJA GOCKEL

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Autumn/Winter 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Autumn/Winter 2016.

Anja Gockel was presented on the RUNWAY as part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin.

Being an item on Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin is a big thing.

A big thing indeed, as the Mercedes-Benz fashion campaign brings together some of fashion’s most inspiring and creative talents with the acme of automotive technology to present a fabulous, future-facing hybrid of style and sustainability!

Anja Gockel was no exception and is a collection inspired by the then Burma freedom fighter “Suu.” Her collections are often based on strong women who also have no qualms celebrating their femininity.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Autumn/Winter 2016
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Autumn/Winter 2016

I once again found myself on the front row with German celebrities right, left, and centre and camera lights popping away. Sadly, I hadn’t a clue who they were!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Autumn/Winter 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Autumn/Winter 2016.

The clothes had an Asian theme with one of the models doing a sort of Bollywood dance! The clothes were bright burnt orange with orange poppies and long-trailing capes. High-heeled flower-patterned wedges, tightly tapered trousers and high-waisted belts. Lots of orange, black, aubergine, pink, greys, and pale blues. Materials were wool and silk, black patterned tights, sexy ankle socks (yes!) orange eyeshadow, pink lipstick and some sort of powder on their foreheads! Long hair done in a twist.

My type of colours.

Very wearable!

Anja Gockel & I Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Autumn/Winter 2016.
Anja Gockel & I
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Autumn/Winter 2016.

In fact, I actually got to meet Anja herself. She’s lovely.

  • BRACHMANN
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Autumn/Winter 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Autumn/Winter 2016.

The BRACHMANN collection this season played with space, layers, and surfaces.

Using experimental photography as it’s theme, clothes were cut with strong architectural lines, geometric forms and patch pleats. Colours were dark blue and copper. Shiny leather shoes, linen suits and a button-up shirt. The look of a modern-day gentleman-about-town.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Autumn/Winter 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Autumn/Winter 2016.

Doesn’t he look smart?

And like other fashion houses, using English wool in coats and jackets to give an impression of minimalistic elegance and urban chic!

A mini-titbit!
A mini-titbit!

I was due to visit a couple of fashion tradeshows so before I left, I availed myself of the fashion lounge, did a little networking, had two (2) glasses of champagne, two (2) cups of hot chocolate, some mini-Asian titbits and got myself a Mercedes-Benz car!

PREMIUM

Another James Dean! PREMIUM – Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
Another James Dean!
PREMIUM – Berlin Fashion Week 2016.

PREMIUM is an international fashion trade show for high-fashion. With more than 60,000 visitors, 1,500 collections on show, and approximately 23,000 square meters of exhibition space, PREMIUM is the only trade show in the world to bring together premium brands from the fashion and lifestyle sectors so that at each and every season, the most in-demand, the most innovative, and the most leading trends from around the globe are united in one place.

Refreshments courtesy of Liebeskind PREMIUM – Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
Refreshments courtesy of Liebeskind
PREMIUM – Berlin Fashion Week 2016.

It’s a really cool place with a huge amount of space and lots of really interesting fashion wear. They’ve got a good press room where you can relax with a refreshing drink, read a magazine and re-charge! However, I had “lunch” at Liebeskind!

PREMIUM – Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
PREMIUM – Berlin Fashion Week 2016.

PREMIUM also has lots of other stylish things going on as I had two nails wrapped in gold glitter and there were fashion cheques floating around which meant you could get free nail varnish too! Lots of fashionable photo ops. here n’ there, and just basically an all round cool chic venue.

I could go on and go but this time I’ll leave you with some photographs instead!

PREMIUM – Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
PREMIUM – Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
PREMIUM – Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
PREMIUM – Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
PREMIUM – Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
PREMIUM – Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
PREMIUM – Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
PREMIUM – Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
The epitome of coolness - Getting a wet shave at a fashion trade show! PREMIUM – Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
The epitome of coolness – Getting a wet shave at a fashion trade show!
PREMIUM – Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
Move it people. Let's go to PREMIUM! PREMIUM – Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
Move it people. Let’s go to PREMIUM!
PREMIUM – Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
  • #FASHIONTECH BERLIN-KONFERENZ – THE CONFERENCE ON THE FUTURE OF FASHION.
#FASHIONTECH BERLIN-KONFERENZ - The Conference on the Future of Fashion - Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
#FASHIONTECH BERLIN-KONFERENZ – The Conference on the Future of Fashion – Berlin Fashion Week 2016.

The FASHIONTECH conference is the platform for all up-coming ideas and business models that influence the way fashion is designed, produced, distributed, marketed and sold.

I absolutely love this conference and last year I only had time for one workshop. This time I picked five (5) and I wasn’t alone, as the venue was packed! It’s at the location of PREMIUM and the workshops are totally free of charge!

#FASHIONTECH BERLIN-KONFERENZ - The Conference on the Future of Fashion - Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
#FASHIONTECH BERLIN-KONFERENZ – The Conference on the Future of Fashion – Berlin Fashion Week 2016.

Wow!

My day was pretty busy but I made it a priority to attend SNAPCHAT and Pinterest.

SNAPCHAT isn’t really my thing but it never hurts to learn what’s out there, so I went to a workshop called: SNAPCHAT – How to embrace the new (social media) revolution.

Snapchat
Snapchat

It was really interesting as SNAPCHAT has no visible followers or likes, no stress on FOMO (fear of missing out) and is pretty spontaneous and refreshing!

Pinterest
Pinterest

Pinterest has been around for a little while and is a platform that helps people discover things they love, so that they are inspired to use it in real life! I went to: Keys to Success – How to kickstart and maintain a successful pinterest presence.

If you’re big on fashion or home decor, that’s the platform to go for!

I’ve been thinking of adding another social media application and that’s probably going to be the one!

GREEN FASHION TOUR THROUGH PRENZLAUERBERG

Green Fashion Tour through Prenzlauerberg. Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
Green Fashion Tour through Prenzlauerberg.
Berlin Fashion Week 2016.

I really wanted to go on this fashion tour as I like to support local artists and it’s in my gentrified suburb, but I really couldn’t be in two places at the same time so I opted for FASHIONTECH instead!

This event was a fashion tour through the suburb of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg in which public transport is used to discover local designers and concept stores that offer a selection of upcycling, fair trade and sustainably designed objects and clothing.

Green Fashion Tour through Prenzlauerberg. Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
Green Fashion Tour through Prenzlauerberg.
Berlin Fashion Week 2016.

I’ll try to make it next season!

PARTY THREE (3)!

So the evening was a little long as I was invited to five (5) parties but managed to get to three (3) as it’s all about pacing!

POP UP Fashion Berlin

POP UP Fashion Berlin Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
POP UP Fashion Berlin
Berlin Fashion Week 2016.

This POP UP party was organised by #FashionTech and was in the BIKINI building. This get-together had cool model presentations and free drinks however, by the time that I got there most people were already giggling away and looking quite dazed, so I moved on!

LNFA TRIPLE LAUNCH: NETWORK IN FASHION & FILM

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

This after-party event was a combination of the technology launch of a new photo production line by YDL Fashion Network, the launch of a new campaign by LNFA (Live, Network, Fashion & Art) and an introduction to the programme of the Berlin Fashion Film Festival 2016 and a way for the fashion set to network and sip on a few cocktails.

In truth, this particular party was about 30 seconds away from POP UP Fashion Berlin so it was easy to get to!

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

The LNFA is a chilled crowd and people are easy to talk to.

I was already beginning to droop a little so I got myself a snack of currywurst and chips before moving on to my last party of the evening.

PANORAMA PARTY

PANORAMA BERLIN Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
PANORAMA BERLIN
Berlin Fashion Week 2016.

All the fashion trade houses had an after-party planned out and it’s always difficult to decide which one to choose so I opted for the one nearest my home!

PANORAMA hosted their part at Ungarn Haus in Mitte. At Alexanderplatz.

Easy to get home from!  And since public transport in Berlin is super efficient, I only needed to hop on one train and be home in four (4) stops!

PANORAMA BERLIN Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
PANORAMA BERLIN
Berlin Fashion Week 2016.

The DJ was jamming and the fashion set were hopping. There was an open bar and I managed to recognise a few local politicians hanging out!

The only snag was that people were puffing away as if smoking had gone out of style!

Great party. Brilliant crowd.

DAY FOUR (4)!

This was my last day so I tried to pack everything in!

STEINROHNER

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Autumn/Winter 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Autumn/Winter 2016.

The STEINROHNER collection was at the STAGE and I was at the RUNWAY ‘cos I’d forgotten! Thankfully, I wasn’t alone as there were loads of press people practically running to get the Mercedes-Benz bus!

Inspiration was found in Switzerland and Russia!

The models were presented in a loose circle which you had to walk around.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Autumn/Winter 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Autumn/Winter 2016.

Pale blue and white make up around the eyes, plastic flowers around the hands and feet, black dresses with plastic-like shapes and white pumps. Sort of freaky-looking!

SEEK

SEEK. Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
SEEK.
Berlin Fashion Week 2016.

SEEK is a contemporary fashion tradeshow and presents a selection of progressive designers and brands from youth culture, music and art segments. It’s got a high level contemporary portfolio, focuses on modern clothes with an independent streak and a mix of new attitudes and old traditions, and is located at the very trendy club, and pool beach ARENA location.

Let the pictures do the talking!

SEEK. Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
SEEK.
Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
SEEK. Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
SEEK.
Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
SEEK. Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
SEEK.
Berlin Fashion Week 2016.

BRIGHT TRADESHOW

BRIGHT. Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
BRIGHT.
Berlin Fashion Week 2016.

If you walk onto the furthest side of SEEK, you’ll connect to BRIGHT. In fact, what’s really sharp is that for some trade fairs, you get a joint ticket for SEEK, PREMIUM, FASHIONTECH BERLIN, SHOW&ORDER, ETHICAL FASHION SHOW, GREEN SHOWROOM & BRIGHT itself.

How cool is that!

BRIGHT. Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
BRIGHT.
Berlin Fashion Week 2016.

Anyhoo! BRIGHT is an original platform with a great vibe, in a unique location.  BRIGHT XXII presented more than 250 brands from its carefully handpicked portfolio on 2,600 square meters with side events ranging from skateboarding, art and music, to live painting & tattoo action!

BRIGHT has a streetlife boardsport approach with clean lines and snazzy colours!

Take a look!

BRIGHT. Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
BRIGHT.
Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
BRIGHT. Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
BRIGHT.
Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
BRIGHT. Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
BRIGHT.
Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
BRIGHT . Ouch! Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
BRIGHT .
Ouch!
Berlin Fashion Week 2016.

PARTY FOUR (4)!

Nada!

DAY FIVE (5)!

ANNA GORKE

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Autumn/Winter 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Autumn/Winter 2016.

Anna Gorke is a collection that invokes an Indian summer, radiant colours and flowing material. Materials are 100% organic with dark blue, black, brown and dark red textiles and large leaf-patterned motives. White pumps and white socks or tights!

Very wearable!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Autumn/Winter 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Autumn/Winter 2016.

PARTY FIVE (5)!

FACES MAGAZINE PARTY.

Faces Magazine Party. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Autumn/Winter 2016.
Faces Magazine Party.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Autumn/Winter 2016.

This party was hosted by Anna Gorke, LNFA & Faces Magazine. I was focused on the British Shorts Film Festival and forgot all about it!

Oops!

I’m sure that they all had a grand time!

That’s it for the winter season. See you in the summer!

  • Photographs of Anja Gockel ©Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz.
  • Backstage photographs ©Nass / Brauer Photo images for Mercedes-Benz.
  • Photographs of Brachmann ©John Phillips/Getty Images for IMG.
  • Photographs of PREMIUM ©Steve Herud / ©Jennifer Fey / ©Boris Kralj.
  • Photographs of STEINROHNER ©John Phillips/Getty Images for IMG.
  • Photographs of SEEK ©Renato Silvia.
  • Photographs of Anne Gorke ©Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz.
  • Photographs of Faces Magazine Party © Ina Niehoff.
  • Photograph of Mercedes-Benz Fashion campaign Autumn/Winter 2016 featuring Natasha Poly.  ©Jeff Bark
  • Other photographs ©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner.
Natasha Poly. Mercedes-Benz Fashion campaign – Autumn/Winter 2016
Natasha Poly.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion campaign – Autumn/Winter 2016

This article is not sponsored and even though I received complimentary press tickets, all opinions and the glasses of champagne and glittery nail varnish, are my very own!

Watch this space!

PREMIUM – Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
PREMIUM – Berlin Fashion Week 2016.

I’m not a fashion blogger but I know what I like! What about you?

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Think David Bowie! Think Alan Rickman! Think the British Shorts Film Festival!

BRITISH SHORTS Film Festival, 2016.

Just over a fortnight ago, the world lost two very important British icons.

Men who were true artists of their craft and who didn’t shy away from the experimental. Men who at first glance weren’t considered classically handsome chaps or the type of men for leading roles, but who made a huge significant impact on British film, music, art and popular culture. Men who knocked you for six at their sparkling performances.

David Bowie ©Alpha Press.
David Bowie

True performers who wouldn’t bat at undertaking complex non-traditional roles.

The type of film that one might be inclined to call an independent film.

Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman

An independent film that can be found in such an event as the British Shorts Film Festival!

I Am Here by David Holmes.
I Am Here
by David Holmes.

This film festival has been around since 2007 but I only found out about it in 2015 and it’s a funny story. You can read all about it here!

Honestly, it’s great being British in Germany ‘cos you get to participate in all kinds of stuff. Only last week, I was honoured to be invited to the Friedrichstadt-Palast for a British evening of talks with distinguished guests, a room full of up-coming bloggers and interesting hacks, a look behind the scenes of the world’s largest theatre stage and an opportunity to watch the latest performance of the hit production THE WYLD which was still as brilliant as the first time that I watched it!

If you remember, I was awfully impressed and wrote all about it right here!

Yet again, the Film Festival started on 21.01.16 which was a Thursday so I went on Friday and pretty much made it a weekend to remember lol! This time, the German organiser Jürgen Fehrmann knew exactly who I was and was delighted to have me on board!

WHAT IS THE BRITISH SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL?

Three Brothers by Akleem Khan.
Three Brothers
by Akleem Khan.

The British Shorts Film Festival is a collection of 155 British and Irish short films shown within a span of five (5) days from the 21st – 25th January, 2016!

This was the 9th edition of British Shorts with the publicity title: Shorts. Now. Forever. And this film festival didn’t disappoint!

British Shorts Film Festival Logo.

The British Shorts Film Festival has evolved to become a true international audience festival with one of the most interesting platforms for British and Irish short films outside the UK and Ireland. There were showings of short exciting films embracing drama, comedy, animation, thriller, horror, experimental, documentary, and music videos. There were also concerts, parties, a free film workshop (including a 48-hour film project), Open Screenings, talks and an exhibition that created an atmosphere of festivity and involvement imbibing both a jury award, and an audience award. In fact, the 2016 retrospective was dedicated to the animation department of the world-famous National Film and Television School who include such talent as the Wallace & Gromit inventor Nick Park!

RETROSPEKTIVE - Wallace and Gromit - British Shorts Film Festival 2016.
RETROSPEKTIVE – Wallace and Gromit – British Shorts Film Festival 2016.

WHO IS THE BRITISH SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL FOR?

Mr Madila by Rory Waudby-Tolley which was hilarious, by the way!
Mr Madila
by Rory Waudby-Tolley which was hilarious, by the way!

Well, this film festival is for established film-makers, promising newcomers, talented film students, and anybody else who has an interest in the making of short films. Indeed, the likes of Judi Dench (James Bond – 007), Michael Fassbender (The X. Men), and Martin Freeman (Sherlock Holmes (BBC) & The Hobbit) have all appeared in previous festival films. And this year, we seemed to have a who’s who’s from Games of Thrones (Michelle Fairley & Liam Cunningham) and the BBC’s Dr. Who (Arthur Davill)!

It doesn’t matter if you have a large budget, a low-budget, or no budget at all (like we had LOL)! I very much like the British Shorts Festival because not only, were the films of the highest quality and really gripping but also, at the end of the festival ANYONE at all can present a film to be judged by a respected jury, as well as the audience.

Gulp!

BUT WHAT IS IT EXACTLY?

British Shorts Film Festival 2016.

Well, the film screenings have the following categories:

Drama.

Comedy.

Experimental.

Documentary.

Don't Fear Death by Louis Hudson
Don’t Fear Death
by Louis Hudson

Animation.

Mockumentary.

Romance.

Thriller.

Surgery (Horror) by George Clemens & Samuel Clemens.
Surgery (Horror)
by George Clemens & Samuel Clemens.

Horror.

Fantasy.

Film Noir.

Mystery.

Sci-Fi.

Holding The Strings by Benjamin Cowie
Holding The Strings
by Benjamin Cowie

Music Videos.

Retrospective: An evening’s screening dedicated to the National Film and Television School (NFTS), London showing big successes from the past four decades four (4) decades in “Directing Animation” followed by a Q&A.

DON'T CALL ME URBAN! The Time of Grime by Simon Wheatley.
DON’T CALL ME URBAN! The Time of Grime by Simon Wheatley.

And an exhibition featuring photographs, and experimental films. This year’s selection was the photography and short film series DON’T CALL ME URBAN! The Time of Grime by Simon Wheatley.

Oops!

The film documents the rise of Grime, an angst-ridden and confrontational sound that emerged from the UK. The photographer and filmmaker Simon Wheatley was present for Q&A and during the entire festival, the film was shown in loops.

Paaaaaarty!
Paaaaaarty!

We live in Berlin.

Berlin is an exciting city filled with young inspiring talent so there were other interesting and exciting events and items such as:

A free festival workshop & a 48-hour film project.

Concerts & Parties.

Exhibitions.

Talks with film-makers, directors, producers and writers.

An an Open Screening for ANY short film.

Open Screening.
Open Screening.

WHERE DOES THE BRITISH SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL TAKE PLACE?

At Sputnik Kino. On Bricks!
At Sputnik Kino. On Bricks!

This is the 9th year and the festival always takes place at the home base cinema called Sputnik Kino in the suburb of Kreuzberg, with some screenings taking place at the Badehaus Szimpla in Friedrichshain, Acudkino in Mitte, and City Kino in Wedding. All delightful cinemas who show art and independent films!

I went to the Sputnik Kino which has many cool memories of stone-distressed seating made of bricks! Yes, you heard me.

Bricks!

Not to worry though as times have changed, and seating is now covered with leather, cushions and plastic beer crates!

Acudkino.
Acudkino.

This year, I also went to the Acudkino in Mitte, and City Kino in Wedding.

I’ve only been to the Acudkino in Mitte perhaps once or twice, which is embarrassing as it’s only about 15 minutes from my home! In the olden days when I didn’t actually live in Prenzlauerberg, I used to go on that street all the time as it has a place called the Weinerei Forum.

In those days, the drinks were free!

Sortof!

The Weinerei in Berlin!
The Weinerei in Berlin!

It’s shabby chic daaaarling!

I hadn’t been to the City Kino at all as it’s in a dodgy neighbourhood, but right next to the French Cultural Literature Centre! I was surprised to discover that the venue was quite nice.

City Kino. This queue was wound all the way down the staircase and right to the front door. 'Good thing I was on the press list!
City Kino.
This queue was wound all the way down the staircase and right to the front door. ‘Good thing I was on the press list!

Once you stepped in!

I really enjoyed the films as many were recognisable respected British actors in my opinion! The films I saw were of excellent quality and we were able to observe a Q&A session with two directors of the film that we had just seen! This is why I really love going to film festivals. Not only do you see outstanding films worthy of each and every award, but you get the opportunity to be close to the Directors, Producers and Actors too!

 

Open Screening - British Shorts Film Festival 2016.

The Sputnik Kino has a lovely reputation of supporting aspiring independent film-makers and once a month, every third (3rd) Wednesday, has an Open Screening. This Open Screening allows film-makers to show their movies to a live audience, and is in both English and German.

No appointments are necessary, no application forms, no testings made, it doesn’t have to be “finished,” any language is accepted, no previous qualifications necessary.

It’s a forum whereby you can “test” your film, and a live audience can ask questions, make comments, positively criticise or praise your film.

The requirements?

Not more than 25 minutes. And members of the public are the judges of the film.

Cost?

Absolutely nothing! For both the film-makers and the audience!

Stutterer by Benjamin Cleary.
Stutterer
by Benjamin Cleary.

I’M INTERESTED IN FILMS BUT I’M NOT A FILM-MAKER.

Room 55 by Rose Glass
Room 55
by Rose Glass

I’m not a film-maker either but I do love independent films.

I saw various clips of film between 2 and 23 minutes. Most were really interesting and clever, and some were downright disturbing, but I’m glad that I had the opportunity to see them!

I watched a whole host of Festival Screenings / Documentary Specials / Retrospective Screenings and an amazing number of short Animation Films, after which I dragged myself home, using the über-efficient German public transport system in the wee hours, and chatted with the pretty friendly Berlin punters!

Edmund by Nina Gantz
Edmund
by Nina Gantz

The performances were completely packed out, showing British and Irish talent in a Berlin setting.

CAN YOU MAKE A FILM YOURSELF?

Make it yourself!
Make it yourself!

You sure can!

The attraction of British films for an international crowd is either historical drama or gritty down-to-earth films. I like British films because of the grit and the reality concept, as I do Berlin films.

The Man Who Fell to Earth. David Bowie.
The Man Who Fell to Earth.
David Bowie.

At the British Shorts Film Festival, we even got to watch a part of Nicolas Roeg’s 1976 sci-fi masterpiece The Man Who Fell To Earth with the main character played by a young David Bowie about an alien on an elaborate rescue mission, to find water for his planet.

At the film festival we booked into a workshop on film-making!

Last year, I went for the fun of it and to see what it was all about but this year, I decided to take it more seriously.

We only had 48 hours and this time I wanted to go it alone as the workshop was centred on the idea of a journey. Sadly, I couldn’t find enough inspiration that would satisfy my lust for quality.

I went for the Screening of the workshop films and the standard of the film-making workshop collection was amazing. Thank goodness I didn’t submit my sorry piece of video work. It would have been shameful!

The films produced were good quality stuff with many meeting for the first time, deciding to work together, and yet managing to create, produce, edit and design, in only a few hours, even editing right before the submission deadline!

They say, stick to what you know.

I like independent films and I love film festivals.

I’m a good writer and I don’t mind writing about films, or speaking and performing in front of a camera, but I’ll leave the art of film-making to the experts!

British Shorts Film Festival.

DO I NEED TO UNDERSTAND GERMAN TO PARTICIPATE?

Manomann by Simon Cartwright
Manomann
by Simon Cartwright

Nope!

All literature and instruction is in both German and English. It’s a British & Irish Film Festival so the films are of course, in English!

MY VERDICT?

Just Desserts by Michael Yanny
Just Desserts
by Michael Yanny

Lots of fun and learning and a really good project!

At a time when large budgets and big stars are the norm, it’s quite nice to see, support, and encourage a non-profit film-making project.

In our city.

In Berlin.

I salute you David Bowie & Alan Rickman. RIP.

For more information. Please contact: British Shorts Film Festival.

For more information about Open Screenings. Please contact: Sputnik Kino.

The back of me - © Pascale Scerbo Sarro
The back of me –
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro

This article is not sponsored and although I received complimentary tickets, all opinions and the film that I attempted to make are my very own!

I have so much to share with you.

Next week, I’ll be writing Part II of the Berlin Fashion Week supplement!

On 04.02.16, I will be at a private dinner organised by the Thai Embassy!

The 66th Berlin International Film Festival – the Berlinale – will be taking place from 11.02.16 – 21.02.16 and for the first time, I will be an accredited member of the press force. I’m so excited!

Cinestar Original will be showing William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” on 25.02.2016, presented by the National Theatre LIVE!

In March, I’ll be travelling to England, Spain & Portugal!

February is going to be bursting!

Watch this space!

British Shorts Film Festival 2016!

Have you ever been to the British Shorts Film Festival? Do you like British films?

See you in Berlin.

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How to be an embodiment of urban, provocative cool: Berlin Fashion Week – Autumn/Winter 2016 – PART I!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion campaign - Autumn/Winter 2016 - Natasha Poly.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion campaign – Autumn/Winter 2016 – Natasha Poly.

So basically, yesterday was officially the end of Berlin Fashion Week.

In the winter.

OMG!

You should have seen it. It was snowy and icy, and I was freezing my little socks off.

Yep! I wasn’t even wearing tights (panty-hose). I was wearing pop socks!

And ankle boots!

It seems to be my thing now!

Me, myself & I - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin - Autumn/Winter 2016!
Me, myself & I – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Autumn/Winter 2016!

Fashion is synonymous with creativity and business, but in Berlin, fashion isn’t only an economic hum but an art form, that gives Berlin a cultural trump card!

When you think of Berlin, you think art and culture. When you think of art and culture, you think Berlin!

In Berlin, fashion and design labels present themselves with work that can be described as inventive, experimental, expressive and so very urban!

This was my third season at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin.

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!

Press documentation for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin - Autumn/Winter 2016.
Press documentation for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Autumn/Winter 2016.

Here are the previous posts:

I was supposed to write Part II, but with all the media attention I was getting myself, I didn’t quite get to it…!

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

Here we go.

Winter is pretty low-keyed in my opinion, so I only received press invitations and passes to fifteen (15) exclusive fashion houses and fashion trade shows, and fourteen (14) after-shows functions and parties. Last summer, I had thirty-five (35) and seventeen (17) respectively. Not too shabby for the “low” season!

WHERE DID I ACTUALLY GO?

After the catwalk, first take a seat! BIKINI - Berlin Fashion Week - Autumn/Winter 2016.
After the catwalk, first take a seat! BIKINI – Berlin Fashion Week – Autumn/Winter 2016.

Being that it’s the autumn/winter edition, the shows and events were a little more low-keyed than if it were the summer, and so yours truly dedicated a mere 2.5 days, rather than the whole week lol!

I actually went to:

  • ANNA GORKE
  • ANJA GOCKEL
  • BRACHMANN 
  • BRIGHT
  • ESTHER PERBANDT
  • FACES MAGAZINE PARTY
  • #FASHIONTECH BERLIN-KONFERENZ
  • GREEN FASHION TOUR THROUGH PRENZLAUERBERG
  • IVANMAN
  • LENA HOSCHEK
  • LNFA TRIPLE LAUNCH
  • PANORAMA
  • POP UP Fashion Berlin
  • PREMIUM
  • SEEK
  • SHOW & ORDER
  • STEINROHNER

Let’s take them one by one shall we!

DAY ONE (1)!

SHOW&ORDER

SHOW&ORDER - Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
SHOW&ORDER – Berlin Fashion Week 2016.

I only had a limited amount of time as it was Monday evening and Fashion Week proper hadn’t started! Nevertheless, I made it work as I so enjoy going there.

SHOW & ORDER is a fashion trade event that combines an exclusive international platform with networking and selective presentation. All iron pipes and slabs of stone. Very rugged. Very Berlin. It’s located in KRAFTWERK; the premises of a former abandoned heating power station and the present day TRESOR club, and has an industrial feel.

SHOW&ORDER - Berlin Fashion Week 2016
SHOW&ORDER – Berlin Fashion Week 2016

Most of the fashion presented were of anoraks, fur capes, hoods, tweeds, flowers and stripes. Along with accessories.

With a space of more than 10,000 square meters, three (3) levels, and more than 250 international brands, including many young talents and new exhibitors, they had three (3) very successful business days, and I always enjoy going there, as the space and vibe is fresh.

PARTY ONE (1)!

A Private Fashion Dinner hosted by SHOW&ORDER and Ten117 at Berlin Fashion Week. If you squint, you can just about see the back of my head, six seats in!
A Private Fashion Dinner hosted by SHOW&ORDER and Ten117 at Berlin Fashion Week. If you squint, you can just about see the back of my head, six seats in!

I then went to an exclusive private fashion dinner organised by SHOW&ORDER and TEN117 as the host of the evening!

I’ve never been to a fashion dinner before so I was pretty chuffed to be invited. We started off with tasteful cocktails at the chats, and networking initiatives, where I found myself hanging out with a real fashion journalist from a local paper – Wolfgang. We then decided to sit together as effectively, we didn’t really know anyone lol!

Drinks at the private dinner hosted by SHOW&ORDER and Ten117 at Berlin Fashion Week.
Drinks at the private dinner hosted by SHOW&ORDER and Ten117 at Berlin Fashion Week.

There were long white tables, with white crockery and silver cutlery. Trays of sliced cold meats, exotic cheese, salad bowls and square baskets of bread. We were also given more cocktails and a variety of lovely bottles of wine. There was also a live singer and band, plus a goodie gift bag to take home. The dinner was really nice and I was very impressed!

DAY TWO (2)!

  • IVANMAN
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin - Autumn/Winter 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Autumn/Winter 2016.

Even though the designer – Ivan Mandzu – is German-Serbian, you can’t deny that the IVANMAN collection is quite English in style, using elements of Saville Row and the Teddy Boys.

Just look at those wonderful bright colours and oversized lapels.

And cheekbones to die for!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin - Autumn/Winter 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Autumn/Winter 2016.

The clothes were colourful and bright in pink, yellow, brown and red. Roller-necked jumpers, up to the neck-buttoned-up shirts. Swinging jackets. Very 1950’s Dandies! Very London! Very Geezer!

  • LENA HOSCHEK
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin - Autumn/Winter 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Autumn/Winter 2016.

The LENA HOSCHEK collection was inspired by Miss Marple and British fashion. In fact, the collection was called “The Brits“ and was dedicated to the confident, modern woman-about-town, with an elegance of British charm and style.

They were in very good company lol!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin - Autumn/Winter 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Autumn/Winter 2016.

The clothes were tweed, wool, rose-print patterns and knitwear. Lots of dark greens, black, silver and russet orange brown. Long wavy hair, fur on the cape and long lapels. It’s not Princess Diana by any means, more the young Queen Elizabeth, but I could quite see myself strolling into my corporate classes with these pieces, quite nicely!

  • PANORAMA
PANORAMA BERLIN - Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
PANORAMA BERLIN – Berlin Fashion Week 2016.

In the early evening, I rushed over to PANORAMA BERLIN.

I really like Panorama as it presents a contemporary array of women’s and men’s collections, shoes and accessories, as well as lifestyle products by market leading brands. This relatively new (2013) European fashion trade fair focuses on a select portfolio of top international fashion brands with business relevance.

With more than 600 collections in a spacious 42,500-square-meter exhibition space, PANORAMA BERLIN is one of the largest and most economically relevant fashion trade show in German-speaking countries. Some 50,000 industry visitors from 96 nations make Panorama Berlin the best-attended fashion trade show in Europe, and thus one of the most important in the world.

PANORAMA BERLIN - Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
PANORAMA BERLIN – Berlin Fashion Week 2016.

I love going there as PANORAMA BERLIN is always nice and friendly.  I always have a fine time chilling with the exhibitors, buyers, and other press hounds, and once the venue is officially closed, the fun really begins!

I hung out at a nice corner of an Italian fashion brand called CASAMODA. They were pretty chilled, nice and friendly, as I basically just walked in and started shaking hands with people lol! I nevertheless, had a chat with Jennifer Kruger – from the Export Dept – who told me that CASAMODA. is a city business lifestyle brand for a variety of men between 30 – 60!

PANORAMA BERLIN - Berlin Fashion Week 2016.
PANORAMA BERLIN – Berlin Fashion Week 2016.

I had a few glasses of champagne, a few bottles of water, some crisps (potato chips) and some pretzel sticks when I heard an English voice, and before you knew it, I was in a circle of English business professionals nattering away!

ESTHER PERBANDT

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin - Autumn/Winter 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Autumn/Winter 2016.

The Berlin designer – Esther Perbandt made her presentation at Radialsystem V. Radialsystem V is a turn-of-the-century 1900’s water pumping station, situated in the urban centre of Berlin, between the suburbs of Friedrichshain, Mitte and Kreuzberg! It’s also a creative space ripe for the art scene in Berlin.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin - Autumn/Winter 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Autumn/Winter 2016.

Esther Perbandt’s collection “Solanum – Nightshadows” is inspired by graphical shapes and light, architecture, cotton and tweed and the colours black, white and grey!

PARTY TWO (2)!

ESTHER PERBANDT AFTERSHOW PARTY

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin - Autumn/Winter 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Autumn/Winter 2016.

Sadly, I wasn’t actually able to attend this after-show party as I had another private engagement to attend to! However, the party was at the Radialsystem V. and the dress code was black and white. I understand that it was open to members of the public as long as they were dressed accordingly, and paid a €5.00 entrance fee.

Esther Perbrandt After -Show Party - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin - Autumn/Winter 2016.
Esther Perbrandt After -Show Party – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Autumn/Winter 2016.

It’s pretty cool to extend fashion week not only to industry people but to members of the public alike. I’ll talk more about that next week!

  • Photo of Mercedes-Benz Fashion campaign Autumn/Winter 2016 featuring Natasha Poly.  ©Jeff Bark.
  • Photos of Ivanman ©John Phillips/Getty Images for IMG.
  • Photos of Lena Hoschek ©Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images for Lena Hoschek.
  • Photos of Esther Perbandt at Radialsystem V ©Adam Berry/Getty Images for IMG.
  • Photos of BIKINI ©BIKINI
  • Photos ©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner.
BIKINI - Berlin Fashion Week - Autumn/Winter 2016.
BIKINI – Berlin Fashion Week – Autumn/Winter 2016.

This article is not sponsored and even though I received complimentary press tickets, all opinions and the various titbits and fashion opinions, are my very own!

I have so much to share with you as I’ve only given you the first two days! I’m splitting this post into two parts. Part I now and Part II in a fortnight (two weeks). If I can!

Watch this space!

Natasha Poly - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin - Autumn/Winter 2016.
Natasha Poly – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Autumn/Winter 2016.

Are you brave enough to wear bright yellow, blue and burnt orange or are you into a more serious blend of black and white?

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