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.

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

  1. That’s some really nice photos and some very stylish people. The workshops you went to sounds really interesting. I’m personally a big fan of SnapChat and I use it a lot when traveling. Pinterest is something I’m still working on. It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s more that I always forget that I have an account, so I’ll pin something once each year or so:)

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    1. Thank you so much Mitzie Mee!
      I always very much enjoy going to Fashion Week not only ‘cos of the clothes themselves which are always so fabulous of course, but also ‘cos of all the people that I meet and the things that I learn. Honestly, fashion people are not in the least arrogant but are really nice. I’m a multi-tasker and a bit of a nerd so I like learning about stuff too lol!
      I was very interested in SnapChat but it’s not for me. I’m not on Instagram either! Gasp!!!
      Pinterest on the other hand, is just up my tree, but I need a bit of time to get me started…..! 🙂

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