I’m going to Budapest & Prague AND taking the train. Yay!

In Prague reading something and looking all serious, but not completely serious!
In Prague reading something and looking all serious, but not completely serious!

In the last fortnight or two weeks, I’ve been telling you all about fashion and I will get back to the juicy bits in a few weeks, but for now, back to basics. Haw! Haw!

Yes, it’s that time of year.

Drum roll pleeeeease!

THE BRITISH BERLINER IS GOING TO BUDAPEST AND PRAGUE. YAY!

 

A map of Berlin to Prague and to Budapest

Shiver me timbers!

WHERE AM I GOING EXACTLY?

 

It's not really relevant but at least he's travelling! Photo@ Peter Stigter
It’s not really relevant but at least he’s travelling!
Photo@ Peter Stigter

Well, you know me. Never the easy option!

I am travelling from Berlin to Budapest. From Budapest to Prague. And then from Prague back to Berlin again. Many people do it the other way around but I’m not many people LOL!

I’m going to Hungary and the Czech Republic and I’m going there by the train!

HUNGARY

Budapest Spring  Fair 2015
Budapest Spring Fair 2015

Hungary, also known as the Republic of Hungary is a country in Eastern Europe and thus a part of the old Eastern Bloc!

It is technically situated in Central Europe and is surrounded by Slovakia, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia (not to be confused with Slovakia), Austria and the Ukraine! I will be going to Budapest which is the capital city and considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe surrounded by the river Danube and divided into two lovely parts known unsurprisingly as Buda and Pest!

Next to the St. Stephen's Basilica - Aria Hotel Budapest.
Next to the St. Stephen’s Basilica – Aria Hotel Budapest.

My trip to Budapest is going to be a cultural one so I’ll be travelling with “The Tall Young Gentleman” and we’ll be staying at not only one (1) hotel in Budapest, but two (2)! We’ll be staying firstly, at a beautiful boutique and musically inspired five-star hotel consisting of just forty-nine (49) guest rooms and suites, and located in the historic centre of Pest right next to the St. Stephen’s Basilica. This stylish hotel is called Aria Hotel Budapest.

Look at the glamour of the Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest Klotild Palace or simply, the Buddha-Bar Hotel in Budapest, Hungary!
Look at the glamour of the Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest Klotild Palace or simply, the Buddha-Bar Hotel in Budapest!

We will then transfer a few days later and we’ll be staying at a luxurious, Asian-inspired five-star hotel consisting of one-hundred and two (102) rooms and located at the corner of the famous Váci utca or Váci street which is one of the main pedestrian thoroughfares and perhaps the most famous High Street in Budapest. This chic but luxurious hotel is called the Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest Klotild Palace or simply the Buddha-Bar Hotel!

I simply can’t keep my breath in!

THE CZECH REPUBLIC

The most wonderful medieval Prague astronomical clock! In the Czech Republic.
The most wonderful medieval Prague astronomical clock!

I have written plenty about the Czech Republic because back in the day, I used to live there and it still remains one of my most favourite countries.

I love the Czech Republic so much that we always try to go to Prague every couple of years and my favourite skiing destination is also in this rather wonderful country. In fact, I wrote quite a few things about the various ski slopes that you can go to and how one year, I pretty much only ate fried cheese and fell off the ski-lift! For more information, check out the links below:

Smažený sýr or Czech fried cheese!
Smažený sýr or Czech fried cheese!

Anyhoo, the Czech Republic.

You know. Previously known as Czechoslovakia.

What again?

The Czech Republic!!

Outside the most beautiful Staroměstská or Old Town Square. In Prague, the Czech Republic.
Outside the most beautiful Staroměstská or Old Town Square. In Prague.

Oh yeah, the Czech Republic is another previously Eastern Europe nation behind the Iron Curtain! After the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Czechoslovakia decided to split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The country is also technically situated in Central Europe and surrounded by Germany, Austria, Slovakia (not Slovenia. Think Czechooooooooslovakia!) and Poland. We will of course, be going to Prague which is the capital city. How could we not?

Everybody likes Prague! It’s just so. so. so….

…classically European!

A knight on Wenceslas Square - Prague.
A knight on Wenceslas Square – Prague.

What with all those kings, queens, fighting for kingdoms and holy crusades. It’s the British monarchy all over again. Although of course.

It isn’t.

They have their own rather interesting Bohemian monarchy LOL!

Prague is said to be the “heart of Europe” and sometimes called “the mother of cities.”  Not quite similar to the mother of dragons in the Game of Thrones family saga, but close enough!

I.

Know.

Prague.

It’s beautiful but in the summer months can get crowded, really noisy and sticky. I’m travelling with my I’ve-just-become-a-real-teenager son, so his comfort is of importance.

Cocktails at Angelo Hotel Prague, the Czech Republic
‘Looking forward to mock cocktails at the Angelo Hotel in Prague!

We will be staying at a four-star modern designed hotel on the other side of the Vltava River. Similar to the art design hotel in Helsinki, this hotel is large and has 168 rooms. We chose this spacious hotel as it’s trendy, in a residential quarter and quiet.

I weighed up whether to stay in the centre of Prague or to, unusual for me, choose a place a little further away. I chose further away for a little bit of peace and quiet LOL! The name of the hotel is Angelo Hotel Prague.

I can’t wait to show “The Tall Young Gentleman” my old haunts!

WHY BUDAPEST AND PRAGUE?

 

Budapest Spring Fair 2015
Budapest Spring Fair 2015

The first and only time that I visited Budapest was in 2004. I went with a German girlfriend of mine who wasn’t really interested in the sights, wasn’t really interested in history and wasn’t really interested in walking.

Sigh!

All I remember is the awful monstrosity of a “modern” hotel, a river cruise which was thankfully quite charming, real Hungarian goulash that wasn’t in the least chewy, and nothing at all about the city itself!

This visit is going to change all that.

And as for Prague? I have always had a love affair with that city of charm because after I graduated university, I went to live there!

It was my first real job and it was a high-flying graduate programme.

English in Europe. Courtesy of comedyinfinland.com
English in Europe.
Courtesy of comedyinfinland.com

I didn’t speak Czech or German.

I had never been to Eastern Europe before.

I hadn’t a clue what I was doing, and I wasn’t even getting paid initially!

It was the best thing that I had ever done. I had such a fantastic time, that I stayed on, became the Regional Project Manager and lived there for (2) two years!

St Charles Bridge Prague © Jorge Royan
St Charles Bridge Prague
© Jorge Royan

Prague is both romantic and successful, ancient and modern, cheap but can be horribly expensive.

But the same can be said for Budapest, and therein lies the rub.

These cities are based in Europe and have magnificent stories of richness, history and grandeur.

Both cities are classical beauties.

Both cities have mountains of history.

Both cities are based in Eastern Europe.

Which one shall be the Queen?!

Very inspiring!

HOW AM I TRAVELLING?

In the corridor of the local Polish Train.
In the corridor of the local Polish Train.

We will be travelling by train.

Between Berlin and Budapest, we will be taking the twelve hour (12) German Railway overland train service known as Deutsche Bahn or DB, on a direct train to Budapest.

In first class no less.

Faaaancy.

And the difference in price between the second (2nd) class train and the first (1st) class train was….

Wait for it.

Just €10.00.

Second (2nd) class €59.00 and first (1st) class €69.00.

I booked it immediately LOL!

The Deutsche Bahn train leaving Berlin.
The Deutsche Bahn train leaving Berlin.

Between Budapest and Prague, we will be taking the seven (7) hour train journey (second class this time) via the Hungarian Railways or MAV at a cost of 11,780 Ft or €38.40.

This journey should be interesting. About as interesting as when we went to the Polish country-side by local train too!

Between Prague and Berlin, we will be back on the German Network on a five (5) hour train journey (the usual second class) and don’t forget, even though I’ll be paying €29.00, on the German Deutsche Bahn trains, children under 15 years old, travelling with their relatives, are free and cost nothing at all!

Yeeeeees!

I’m so looking forward to sight-seeing river cruises, perhaps going to the baths.

Perhaps!

A Hungarian bath in Budapest

Gulp!

Rambling through the cobbled streets of both Budapest and Prague, booking a live escape game.

‘Should be thrilling!

Doing a little hiking, visiting some interesting museums that tell us a little of the history and culture, going on a walking tour, stuffing ourselves with marvellous local cuisine, going to the local theatre, watching a film in Hungarian or Czech and generally, just having a great time!

It’s going to be quite an adventure!

This article is part-sponsored by Aria Hotel Budapest, the Buddha-Bar Hotel in Budapest, and Angelo Hotel Prague but all opinions and the exciting time that I’m sure to have, are my very own!

I have so much to share with you.

Next week, I’ll be writing from Budapest!

I’ll be there. Will you?

August is going to be quite the thing.

Watch this space!

Budapest Spring Fair 2015
Budapest Spring Fair 2015

Have you ever been to Hungary? Have you ever been to the Czech Republic? Are you team Budapest or Team Prague? Do you like my new it-took-me-a-few-hours-to-do-all-by-myself-blog-look? Any comments on my fancy logo?

See you in Berlin.

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The secret to surviving Berlin Fashion Week is to sip champagne, quaff on cocktails and drink lots and lots of water – Part I!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.

Last week, I wrote to you all about what Berlin Fashion Week was all about and not only that, but Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin in particular. I’m such a fashionista, how could I not?

This week, I’d like to go into a bit more detail about the social aspects of Berlin Fashion Week and the fashion shows that I actually went to, so that if you ever decided to try it out for yourself, you would know what to expect.

And most importantly, the after-party scene because honestly, what’s a show without a party LOL!

Panorama Flyer Summer Party - Berlin Fashion Week

Here we go.

I received press invitations and passes to thirty-five (35) exclusive fashion houses and fashion trade shows, and seventeen (17) after-shows functions and parties.

Seventeen (17)!

Of course, after what happened last season, 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 DID I ACTUALLY GO?

I actually went to:

DAY ONE (1)!

  • BRACHMANN
A model poses at the Brachmann show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016 at Stage at me Collectors Room on July 7, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Spring/Summer 2016

My first (1st) show of the season started at, for the  very first time, a new contemporary venue – “the Stage” at me Collectors Room.

It was such a sunny day that by the time that I got there, I was sweating like a sauna addict. Ha! You know what I think about saunas! Needless to say, I arrived in plenty of time before the show was due to start.

The label BRACHMANN POST-CLASSICAL MENSWEAR modernizes menswear classics by  looking for inspiration in menswear staples as well as architecture, popular culture, and modern art. BRACHMANN synthesizes progressive design, perfect fit, exquisite materials of natural fibres, and a luxury finishing made in Germany, into a cohesive men’s apparel line of urban chic and minimalistic elegance.

Phew!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.

The lines were sleek, clean, and classical with lots of linen and leather shoes. My son “The Tall Young Gentleman” does a bit of modelling every now and then….. so I know that it’s pretty hard to keep a straight face!

I loved the colours of grey, blue, brown, dark green and cream, and the coolness of the fabric if only I could afford them for my boy.

I think he might actually like the long shorts and the fact that they’re not wearing socks LOL!

Before I could actually start concentrating on the next showing, I took a car and decided to visit the Sponsors Lounge at “the Tent” aka Berlin’s most historic landmark – Brandenburg Gate!

Champagne & Asian titbits!
Champagne & Asian titbits!

I had a variety of tiny Asian dishes, two (2) glasses of champagne, two (2) bottles of water, a huge cup of Earl Grey tea (of course!), had my make-up done free of charge, at the Maybelline stand and my nails prettied.

Pink!

I had also planned to go to their AfterShow Party at the Steigenberger Hotel Bar. I didn’t go in the end, as it’s all about pacing myself this time around, because if you’re going to dance the night away where better than in Berlin.

Better to take it slow!

  • IVANMAN
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.

Just look at those cheek-bones!

Phowar!

The avant-garde menswear designer label IVANMAN is one of the European nominees for the coveted International Woolmark Prize 2015/16 for outstanding emerging designers from around the world.

The inspiration behind this season’s style is the non-specific but elegant element of sport.

I was on the front row.

Again.

Yay!

The rooms are much smaller this year so the seating is stricter.

Ah well.

I used the system that I used last season.

Complete and utter bragging, bravado and downright enthusiasm!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.

The clothes were colourful and bright in pink, pale blue and yellow shirts. Very slim trousers, soft suede and crocheted tops. Very 1950’s Teddy Boy with a more vibrant but very thin, anorexic look!

  • VEKTOR
Don't mess with this guy! He might be a model, but he's tough and can catwalk you down!
Don’t mess with this guy! He might be a model, but he’s tough and can catwalk you down!

Vektor was founded by a German – Croatian duo and is a Berlin-based fashion label for womanswear, menswear and unisex styles. It’s inspired by urban everyday life, street style and subcultural living, and focuses on functionality and soft extravagance.

I was sitting one seat away from a German Casting Director (Germany’s Next Top Model) and a current TV entertainer on Ich bin ein Star – Holt mich hier raus! or “I’m a Celebrity. Get Me Out of Here!” I didn’t know him myself but with the amount of whispering, twittering and pointing of fingers going on behind me, I made it my business to find out who he was. After all, I was literally sitting next to him..!

Rolf Scheider and Frank "Froonck“ Matthée at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin.
Rolf Scheider and Frank “Froonck“ Matthée at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin.

His name was Rolf Scheider and he was rather nice, chatty and friendly.

Anyway, the clothes were sort of see-through-ish net-like material. Very sporty and sort of like a spartan soldier uniform, in my opinion! Lots of bulky shoulders for boys, plaits in hair for girls. Nylon, white, cream and denim material. Very strong eyebrows, white pumps.

Tattoos totally accepted LOL!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.

On leaving, I bumped into a really famous German D.J. but I forgot his name. He tends to do dance rave type of music and has short blond hair!

PARTY ONE (1)!

  • i-D OPENING COCKTAIL / ZALANDO FASHION HOUSE / BOLD / NOT JUST A LABEL

Zalando-Fashion-House-Key-Visual

I then went to a fashion showing / drink cocktails / party organised by BOLD promoting i-D – a glossy magazine that documents fashion and contemporary culture and Zalando Fashion House – a Berlin based-online-platform-for-fashion-brand and staged at the iconic department store, Warenhaus am Weinberg.

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It’s great to discover and experience exciting fashion workshops, talks, films, exclusive previews, Zalando fashion and new talent curated by Not Just A Label, all under one roof!

I only dropped in for about 30 minutes and surprised everyone by arriving in a fancy Mercedes-Benz car! I did a little networking with Niccolò Montanari who is the Co-Founder of the Berlin Fashion Film Festival & Head of Marketing, and took in some of the street wear fashion whilst quaffing on Pimms and a bottle of water!

At Zalando Fashion House/ i.D /Not Just a Label - Berlin Fashion Week.

There was a female D.J. and along with a live musical performance, were models with strange scrawlings on their faces presenting fashion pieces of print in a bold, interesting and contemporary way!

PARTY TWO (2)!

  • BREAD & BUTTER

Bread & Butter Get Together - Berlin Fashion Week

Even though I didn’t make it to the Brachmann AfterShow Party, I made it a point of duty to go to the Bread & Butter Get Together.

Bread & Butter is truly one of my favourite places and the fashion darling of Berlin. It’s a trade show for selected brands and stands for all aspects of Modern Urban Lifestyle, unparalleled inspiration and youthful energy and style.  It’s had a few problems over the years but you can’t pull a good fashion brand down!

 Even though it wasn't sunny Brazil this time around, we love Bread & Butter anyway! - Berlin Fashion Week

I arrived at about 19:45 and was given two (2) chips for refreshments and food as press. I’m not a fan of beef at restaurants so I ordered an organic burger at the food market. It came with bacon and cheese. I also ordered a schnitzel burger later on too, and really dug in!

There were a couple of fridges scattered around and you helped yourself to beer which was completely and utterly free for everybody which was preeeeety good! The water wasn’t free but thankfully, I had loads with me and was able to slow down!

Outddors at Bread & Butter - Berlin Fashion Week

One of the reasons that I didn’t move on, was because of the weather. We were all outside sitting on bean bags and deck chairs with a live DJ banging away when it began to spit, rain and thunder.

I then met some Italians who called me over to join them. They owned a start-up shoe company called Lerews and were looking to take up some of the German business space. They were a warm bunch of three (3) men and one (1) woman – all Italian. And they kept trying to pile me with (paid-for) cocktails and more beer!

An organic burger and a beer at Bread & Butter - Berlin Fashion Week

I declined the cocktails.

Ha!

And sipped the beer.

Slowly!

LOL!

By 23:00, everyone was looking rather flushed and the rain refused to subside, so I decided to make a run for it and go home!

DAY TWO (2)!

  • ANJA GOCKEL
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.

Anja’s Gockel’s collection is called “Amelia” after the 1920’s American aviation pioneer – Amelia Earhart – the first (1st) woman to fly over the ocean. This collection is inspired by boldness and courage.

I once again found myself on the front row but this time I brought my fascinator with me and black and silver kitten heels!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.

The clothes were colourful and sort of African-like patterns, prints and jodhpurs. Lots of orange and very cool-down-the-weather fabric. Burnt orange, glittery dresses and nude or silver high-heeled shoes. Huge glasses and very long hair.

I loved the clothes and could quite see myself wearing them with no problems at all!

  • LOUISE FRIEDLAENDER
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.

The show was billed as Louise Friedlaender @The Apartment. I then took a car and indeed, the show really was at an apartment. In West Berlin!

Anja Gockel at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin

I hadn’t really realised that the venue was off-site and ended up back at Brandenburg Gate! Luckily, the organisation was so efficient that the Mercedes-Benz transport hosts were immediately able to put me into another car LOL!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.

The catwalk was in a living room accompanied by a classical musician and a live singer. This was the first collection for Louise Friedlaender.

The clothes were focused on tailoring and timeless silhouettes and a sort of modernistic sci-fi style dresses and tops with ra-ra tassels on the bottom edges! Light soft tweed, long grey knits and coral, glass, shell necklaces. Colours were grey, brown, cream and olive-green with felt or suede slippers and slip-ons of various colours.

  • #FASHIONTECH BERLIN-KONFERENZ – THE CONFERENCE ON THE FUTURE OF FASHION.

Fashion Tech Berlin - Berlin Fashion Week

Leaving @The Apartment proved more difficult than I had anticipated as the cars weren’t taking us back, just dropping us. It’s a good thing that I actually live in Berlin so I know how to get about.

I took off my kitten heels and prepared to take the bus to the next underground station which was just one (1) bus-stop away! I was going to attend a fashion technology conference.

Wearable technology by Maartje Dijkstra: Intimacy - Fashion Technology

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

FASHIONTECH BERLIN 08.07.2015 © NILS KRÜGER - Berlin Fashion Week

I would have loved to have spent more time there but there wasn’t any, so I picked the 13:30 session on “Technology as a fashion statement: Style vs Sensors.”  It was really interesting and focused on “glowing technology,” light sensors in clothing and whether in the future clothes could be intelligent and think.

Who knows, but that’s fashion baby!

Stay tuned!

p.s. Even though like the very lovely Adventurous Kate, I’m a great lover of pimms and champagne, you  should always drink responsibly so that you can be all fabulous and partake in the festivities and events that bizarre Berlin and gorgeous Europe has to offer, and have a jolly good time  and dance the night away, while doing it!

  • Photographs of Vektor ©Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz).
  • Photographs of Anja Gockel ©Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images for IMG).
  • Photographs of Louise Friedlaender ©Joern Pollex/Getty Images for IMG).
  • Photograph of Maartje Dijkstra: Intimacy ©Robert Lunak.
  • Other photographs ©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner.
  • Last photograph of Fashion Tech Berlin ©Nils Krüger.
  • Photographs of the Impuls Graduate Show 2015 ©Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images for IMG).

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

I wholeheartedly have so much to share with you and I haven’t even told you about the evening stuff yet so I’m splitting this post into two parts. Part I now and Part II in a fortnight (two weeks).

Next week, I’ll finally be revealing three (3) travel destinations I will be travelling to in August!

Fingers at the ready!

July is going to be quite enjoyable!

Watch this space!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.

I quite fancy some of these clothes. What about you? Could you see yourself wearing these fashion items down your street? Are you brave enough to wear shocking pink and vibrant yellow? Do you like my new it-took-me-a-few-hours-to-do-all-by-myself-blog-look? Comments on my logo?

See you in Berlin.

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I’m a fashionista, so I pucker my lips, twirl my skirt, and put on my kitten heels to attend the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin – Spring/Summer 2016!

A model walks the runway at the Marina Hoermanseder show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016 at Kronprinzenpalais on July 10, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.
The Marina Hoermanseder Show at Kronprinzenpalais.

So Friday was effectively the last official day of Berlin Fashion Week.

After a flurry of stylish heels and outfits, exclusive red carpets and impressive runway shows and presentations, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin ended its 17th season with more than 50 designers presenting their Spring/Summer 2016 Collections.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin - Save the Date

Phewwwwwwy!

What a fabulous week it was.

Berlin Fashion Week

 

Faaaashion Week.

Now take note. I’m not a fashion blogger. I couldn’t even tell you who is wearing what, when or how, next season!

Me on the beach at Lloret de Mar, Spain.
Me on the beach at Lloret de Mar, Spain.

What I can tell you, is how to do your own thing and be your own personal style icon.

What I can show you, is how to live of both style and travel because if I can do it.

So can you.

Sonja Kirchberger and Jenny Elvers at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin SPRING/SUMMER 2016. Foto: © Nass / Brauer  - Mercedes-Benz

This year, Berlin Fashion Week took place from 06.07.15 – 10.07.15.

Last season I bit off far more than I could chew, packed far too many things in, went a bit over-board and exhausted myself running all over the city and quaffing on champagne and gin and tonic!

Berlin's most iconic Brandenburg Gate - Let the good times roll!
Berlin’s most iconic Brandenburg Gate – Let the good times roll!

This season, I was better prepared and booked a few days out in order to take advantage of all the possibilities that the fashion week had to offer.

You know how much I really like Berlin and the fact that the opportunities here abound for all who are ready to work hard and find their own creative space. That is why even though my blog is centered on lifestyle and travel rather than fashion per se, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin (MBFWB) fully accredited me as a member of the press industry and honestly, every time I see my press pass it makes me feel so honoured and also enormously proud.

I mean, who would have thought that I, a lifestyle expat travel blogger of less than two (2) years would get the chance. THE CHANCE to not only attend Berlin Fashion Week, but also the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin!

The Marina Hoermanseder Show at the Kronprinzenpalais.
The Marina Hoermanseder Show at the Kronprinzenpalais.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin is the cherry on the top of all that is fashion in this town. I mean, they are the cat’s pajamas LOL!

Thank you so much Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin!

LOL!

My press pass and equipment as you can't do better than a note-book, a pencil and a power stick!
My press pass and equipment as you can’t do better than a note-book, a pencil and a power stick!

I’ve written extensively about how I got involved in Berlin Fashion Week so you can read all about it below:

BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 10:  A model walks the runway at the I'Vr Isabel Vollrath show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016 at Stage at me Collectors Room on July 10, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.  (Photo by Zak Kaczmarek/Getty Images for IMG)
I’ VR ISABEL VOLLRATH Show

SO WHAT’S MERCEDES-BENZ FASHION WEEK BERLIN REALLY ALL ABOUT THEN?

Well if you didn’t know, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin is an event that offers a glimpse into what’s next in fashion.

It features renowned designers and introduces up-and-coming fashion and design talent making their debut in front of fashion insiders from all across the globe in not only “the Tent” at Berlin’s enormously historic landmark – Brandenburg Gate, but for the first time, at a new contemporary venue called “the Stage” at me Collectors Room.

At the Emre Erdemoglu show - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)
The Emre Erdemoglu Show.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin is one of the most important supporters of the German fashion industry and is the flagship event for creative and emerging designers with:

  • Participating designers from Austria, China, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Latvia, Malaysia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Uganda, the United Kingdom and Vietnam.
  • Registered press and buyers from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Holland, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
  • The catwalk at Brandenburg Gate being 33 m in length and offering two different setups (Straight, Wide).
  • The catwalk at me Collectors Room being 20 m in length and offering two different setups (Straight, Presentation).
  • 628 lights and 50 loudspeakers to amplify the shows at Brandenburg Gate.
  • 126 lights and 20 loudspeakers to amplify the shows at me Collectors Room.
  • 6,550 hairpins.
  • 3,100 hair ties.
  • More than 702 hairstyles dressed by the L’Oréal Professionnel team under the direction of Head of Hair – André Märtens.
  • 560 bottles of hairspray.
  • 340 hair clips used in 4 days!
  • 210 cans of gel and pomade.
  • The creation of the latest hair styling trends.
  • And VIPs’ and celebrities such as Elle MacPherson, Eva Herzigova, Nena, Patrice Bouedibela, and Zac Posen.
Backstage Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin SPRING/SUMMER 2016 in Berlin am 08.07.2015 Foto: Nass / Brauer Photos fuer Mercedes-Benz
I get a little help from my friiiiiiiends!

Phew!

AND IN LAYMAN’S TERMS?

Well, the focus this season was on linen, huge flowers and prints, sleek clean lines, long shorts, cream, grey, pale blue and brown, long hair with bold and intricate plaits for the girls and either long hair or side-parted crops for the boys and leather or platform slip-ons, and a deliberate overlap between fashion and technology.

BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 09:  Models walk the runway at the Impuls_03 Graduate Show der HTW-Berlin show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016 at Brandenburg Gate on July 9, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.  (Photo by Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images for IMG)
Very Game of Thrones at the Impuls_03 Graduate Show of HTW in Berlin!

And what were most people wearing?

Black.

Again!

Double sigh!

CAN ANYONE GO TO FASHION WEEK?

Atmo, †bersicht Mercedes-Benz und Vogue Fashion Night im Rahmen der Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin SPRING/SUMMER 2016, Restaurant Borchardt am 10.07.2015 Foto: Nass / Brauer Photos fuer Mercedes-Benz
Of course!

You sure can.

Many events were “by invitation only” but if you’re a member of the public and are really interested in the designer, you only have to write to their P.R. or agent, and ask! Besides, there were many other events in which you could either buy a ticket to attend or were “open to the public” anyway.

Do note that one of the reasons many events were “by invitation only” was because of the space. You want to be comfortable, safe and secure. And the same goes for the models and everyone who is attending. Safety first.

Myself at  Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin.
In my heeled kittens!

Unlike a certain after-party that I went to that was so “popular” that security had to close the entrance. At one point people began to get squashed and were piling on the stairs!

I took it as my cue to leave and the security guys were very helpful in keeping me safe. More about the social parties next week…!

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WHERE WAS VICTORIA aka THE BRITISH BERLINER?

Well, I received press invitations and passes to:

PANORAMA, SHOW & ORDER, BREAD & BUTTER, PREMIUM, SEEK, BRIGHT TRADESHOW, #FASHIONTECH BERLIN-KONFERENZ, PATRICK LOVES SPONGEBOB by PM, ETVAS MAGAZINE PRESENTS, and various exclusive fashion houses in conjunction with Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, of course!

Bread & Butter Get Together

WHERE DID I ACTUALLY GO?

I actually went to:

  • BRACHMANN
  • IVANMAN
  • VEKTOR
  • ANJA GOCKEL
  • LOUISE FRIEDLAENDER
  • IRENE LUFT
  • JULIAN ZIGERLI
  • STEINROHNER
  • AUGUSTIN TEBOUL
  • LILLY INGENHOVAN
  • ETVAS MAGAZINE PRESENTS..
  • PANORAMA
  • SHOW & ORDER
  • BREAD & BUTTER
  • PREMIUM
  • SEEK
  • BRIGHT TRADESHOW
  • #FASHIONTECH BERLIN-KONFERENZ
Lena Hoschek at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin.
Lena Hoschek at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin.

I should also have gone to:

  • LENA HOSCHEK
  • ALEXANDRA TAMELE
  • MISS GERMANY
  • KASEEE
  • EWA HERZOG
  • VERO MODA “BACK TO THE ROOF”
  • PATRICK LOVES SPONGEBOB BY PM

but by the time that I got around to it, it was far too late to send an RSVP, too far away to get back to, or clashed with another event.

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LESSONS LEARNT:

  • Reply ASAP!
  • No, really.
  • ASAP!
  • Say “yes” to everything.
  • Once you say “yes,” put everything in order with the date, time and location.
  • So now that you’ve said “yes,” don’t try to do everything at all! Confusing isn’t it?!
  • Do some, and politely decline the others!
  • Use all the exclusive Mercedes-Benz shuttle services provided from the main venue at Brandenburg Gate, to the offsite events for accredited press and media.
  • Wear comfy shoes at the trade fair shows and “fashion” shoes at the “real” Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin.
  • Don’t forget to eat.
  • Drink lots and lots of water.

Stay tuned!

BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 08:  A model walks the runway at the Anja Gockel show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016 at Brandenburg Gate on July 8, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.  (Photo by Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images for IMG)
Riding crops for everyone!
  • Photos ©Nass / Brauer for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week SPRING/SUMMER 2016 in Berlin,
  • Photo ©Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz,
  • Photo ©Zak Kaczmarek/Getty Images for IMG,
  • Photos ©Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images for IMG,
  • Photos ©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner.

This article is not sponsored and even though I received complimentary press tickets, all opinions and the various titbits and refreshing glasses of champagne that I didn’t hesitate to accept, are my very own!

I have so much to share with you.

Next week, I will continue the excitement that is Berlin Fashion Week and give you all the fashion details. I’m also going to let you in on the much-sought for after-party tips as well as my next travel destination to three (3) countries!

Very, very soon!

July is going to be delightful.

Watch this space!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion ‎Week with Doutzen Kroes.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion ‎Week with Doutzen Kroes.

Have you ever participated or been to Fashion Week in Berlin or anywhere else in the week? A Mercedes-Benz or a Bentley?

See you in Berlin.

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