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

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

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

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

Say what!

How come?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THOMAS HANISCH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TOMCSANYI

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

Tomcsanyi is a contemporary womanswear label based in Budapest.

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

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

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

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

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

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

SAMPLE – CM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HFK BREMEN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Very nicely and artistically done! ‘Loved it!

VANESSA KRONGOLD

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

Vaness Krongold is a young designer from Argentina.

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

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

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

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

So I did!

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

Neat!

And they were so excited for Vanessa too.

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

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

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

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

I quite liked it!

NATHINI VAN DER MEER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MAISONNOÉE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LANA MUELLER – Prêt-à-Porter

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

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

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

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

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

SAMMLER BERLIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Very me!

‘Loved them!

CUSHNIE ET OCHS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gorgeous!

JEANS FOR REFUGEES BY JOHNY DAR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That’s it for now. See you next week!

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

July is Pride Week!

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

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

Dyke * March Berlin will take place on 22.07.16.

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

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

Save the Date!

July is going to be booming!

I’ll be there. Will you?

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

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

Watch this space!

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

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

See you in Berlin.

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

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

I’ve got to tell you.

Living in Berlin is the dogs bollocks!

Berlin is just so amaaaaaaazing!

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

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

Beeeeerlin!

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

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

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

As such, I like to give back.

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

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

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

BUT WHAT IS BERLIN FASHION WEEK ALL ABOUT?

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

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

It’s different.

It’s vibrant.

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

Berlin is raw.

Berlin is rough at the edges.

Berlin is unique.

Berlin is creative.

And so is it’s fashion!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And why?

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

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

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

OMG!

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

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

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

Wear something nice.

Come early and get your make-up done professionally.

And your nails.

Wear heels.

Hide a pair of “comfy shoes” or birkenstocks.

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

Take your notebook and pen / pencil.

Drink lots and lots of water.

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

Go home for a real cup of tea!

Take it easy on the champagne and cocktails!

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

Here we go.

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

Twenty (20)!

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

WHERE WERE THE NEW EMERGING DESIGNERS?

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

The new emerging designers could be found at:

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

THE EUROPEAN FASHION AWARD FASH 2016 SHOW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Very practical!

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

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

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

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

I was wearing orange!

THE HUNGARIAN EMBASSY, BERLIN & THE DESIGN TERMINAL BUDAPEST

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

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

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

And that they did!

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

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

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

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

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

#FASHIONTECH BERLIN

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

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

I love going there!

And why?

‘Cos I’m a freak.

I like to learn about new stuff!

So sue me!

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

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

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

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

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

BERLIN FASHION FILM FESTIVAL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Phew!

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

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

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

That’s it for now. See you next week!

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

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

July is Pride Week!

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

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

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

Dyke * March Berlin will take place on 22.07.16.

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

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

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

Save the Date!

July is going to be blazing hot!

I’ll be there. Will you?

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

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

Watch this space!

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

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

See you in Berlin.

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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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