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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You’re looking hot and wearing a fur coat Katie Holmes. Of course you are: It’s Berlin Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2015!

Elizabeth Hurley & Katie Holmes looking ravishingly happy!
Elizabeth Hurley & Katie Holmes looking ravishingly happy!

Just over a week ago, it was Berlin Fashion Week, and now I’m skiing in the Czech Republic! I’ve got the flu at the moment, but surely I’m living the dream. Berlin today, the Czech Republic…today too!

Well, I’ve said it before. If I can do it, so can you!

Thank you all so much! Source: serendipitymc.com
Thank you all so much!
Source: serendipitymc.com

But firstly, thank you all so very much for the wonderful likes of my last post on THE WYLD. I couldn’t believe it when I saw that on 29.01.15, I received 350 “Likes” on a single day. 302 were from Facebook alone. I was astonished! You’re wonderful guys. Keep it coming and again, thank you so much for reading!

Esther Perbandt Show - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Autumn/Winter 2015/16So Fashion Week.

It was fabulous of course, and all very exciting for those in the know. Being that it’s Berlin, it was also “oh, we’re so cool and calm” until you got backstage and everyone was either panic-stricken or going berserk. Aaah! That’s better. That’s Fashion baby!

I love this city. It’s crazy but also offers up all sorts of opportunities. I mean, who would have thought that I, a lifestyle travel blogger of only one (1) year, would get the chance. THE CHANCE to not only attend Berlin Fashion Week, but also the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin! That is the creme de la creme of all that is fashion around here. I mean, they own it LOL!

Dree Hemingway (the great-grandaughter of Ernest Hemmingway), in the "Champions of Fashion". Photo credit: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin.
Dree Hemingway (the great-grandaughter of Ernest Hemmingway), in the “Champions of Fashion”.
Photo credit: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin.

Next week, I’ll tell you all about the parties and stuff but for now I’ll tell you what I did, where I went, and how I did it!

SO, HOW DID I DO IT?

I applied to the Fashion Houses that I wanted to go to, and waited for the accreditation to take place. For the fashion places that I had attended last season, I didn’t need any further proof of my press credentials, but for Mercedes-Benz I had to apply “freshly” as I’d only been by either bluffing my way in, gate-crashing, or assuming that I could have tickets and stuff, and then getting them LOL!

Victoria looking quite model-like, in a Berlin summer, 2014.
Victoria looking quite model-like, in a Berlin summer, 2014.

As a blogger, it’s easier to supply “proof” as everything is online for all to see, so that’s what I did. I was asked for details of my website and most importantly, proof of pieces that I had written about the fashion world. You can find an introductory piece here, how I got a press pass here, why go to Fashion Week Berlin here,  and how to get invited to the Fashion Week after-parties right here! I was asked for a photograph and a €20.00 fee! I sent in the photograph above!

Some items from my goodie bag from  Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin.
Some items from my goodie bag from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin.

The wonderful thing about being a lifestyle, travel, and expat blogger is that I can write about anything and everything. And I do. Berlin is great for that. You can never get boring!

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

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin or MBFWB herein on, is an event that offers a glimpse into what’s next in fashion. It showcases exclusive fashion offering a unparalleled platform for young and up-coming talent from all around the world, who want to present their latest creations to an international fashion audience, industrial professionals, and fashion journalists.

Glaw Show - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Autumn/Winter 2015/16Presenting Fashion week in Berlin is not only because this city is a platform for hot trends but also because it’s here. In this city. Where creative geniuses can showcase their work, and share their vision. It’s in Berlin where incredible resources, local designers, and international emerging brands can evolve in a unique and artistic way.

If it’s not going to be in Berlin, where else would it be?

AND IN LAYMAN’S TERMS?

Zukker Show - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Autumn/Winter 2015/16Well, the focus this season was on clean, sharp silhouettes, luxurious textured fabrics, vibrant colour palettes, graphic bold intarsia knits, and fur.

And what were most people wearing?

Black and grey.

Sigh!

WHERE DID I PLAN TO GO?

I decided to go to my old favourites SHOW & ORDER, PANORAMA, BRIGHT, SEEK, PREMIUM, BREAD & BUTTER, BERLIN’S NIGHT of FASHION, and MBFWB of course!

WHERE DID I ACTUALLY GO?

Poodles are soooo in!
Poodles are soooo in!

Next season, I’m actually going to take a few dedicated days off so that I can really get to grips with the fashion scene. As you know, I’m quite a busy bee and normally pack everything in, but this time I realised that I might have bitten a but more than I can chew. For more details of this, you’re going to have to read my blog next week!

I actually went to:

  • SHOW & ORDER:
Show&Order - Fashion Week Berlin.
Show&Order – Fashion Week Berlin.

It’s located in KRAFTWERK; the premises of a former abandoned heating power station and the present day TRESOR club, and has an industrial feel. SHOW & ORDER also combines an exclusive international platform with networking and selective presentation. All iron pipes and slabs of stone. Very rugged. Very Berlin. To add to the “winter” vibe, there were stuffed bears and deers everywhere, baskets of real apples, and steel buckets of lilies! You could also help yourself to bottles of cherry and lemon water. Going to Fashion shows is thirsty work so it was very useful! As press, we were also given a goodie bag and a voucher for free coffee and a hot croissant. I had tea instead!

A flower head at SHOW & ORDER - Fashion Week Berlin.
A flower head at SHOW & ORDER – Fashion Week Berlin.

Most of the fashion presented were of fur, leather, cashmere, and shawls. Along with accessories. With a space of more than 10,000 square meters, three (3) levels, and more than 250 international brands, they had three (3) very successful business days. I always enjoy going there as the space and vibe is fresh.

  • PANORAMA:

Panorama Berlin at Fashion Week Berlin.Panorama presents a contemporary array of women’s and men’s collections, shoes and accessories, by market leading brands. This relatively new (2013) fashion trade fair focuses on a select portfolio of top international fashion brands with business relevance. With impressive visitor numbers, 549 exhibitors on 37,500 square meters, the Fall/Winter 2015/2016 season was the biggest and most successful edition to date, in Panorama Berlin’s relatively young history.

My very own Planters' Punch at Fashion Week Berlin. It really way quite yum!
My very own Planters’ Punch at Fashion Week Berlin. It really way quite yum!

I loved going there as I always have a fine time chilling with the exhibitors, buyers, and other press hounds LOL! I had my photo taken by a photographer and once the venue was officially closed, the fun really began.

Broadway Man at Fashion Week Berlin.

I found a nice hanging out corner at a New York fashion label called Broadway and sat down on their fur-skin-covered-leather sofa and laid back a little. I chatted with an architect/interior designer from Hamburg because of his hipster outfit – the beard, glasses, and a striped shirt, and had a few cocktails, two (2) glasses of champagne, and a hot dog. I forgot that I had a hotdog, you’ll know why next week!

  • BREAD & BUTTER:

Bread & Butter - Fashion week Berlin.BREAD & BUTTER is a trade show for selected brands and a one-of-a-kind trade fair event for contemporary clothing culture. It provides a creative marketing and communication platform for brands, labels and designers. BREAD & BUTTER unites inspiration and business and allows brands to keep their individual philosophy, their own brand culture, and emotional setting. With about 500 exhibitors from the sector of denim, sportswear, street fashion, and casual wear, it represents the contemporary segment of street and urban wear.

Bread & Butter - Get Together. Fashion Week Berlin.BREAD & BUTTER has always been Berlin’s baby, but last year fell into so much trouble that going for insolvency seemed to be the only way forward.It was all quite dramatic! Happily, I am able to tell you that they have not disappeared into a black hole but have re-invented themselves with a concept called “Back to the Street.”

Bread & Butter - Fashion Week Berlin.With about 40 brands, Bread & Butter decided to host a guerrilla trade show within it’s own facilities, right in the heart of the city. In Mitte. To them “Back to the Street” meant an unconventional business forum and networking point in the Theatre-land Quarter of Berlin. The guerrilla trade show was set up for industry, trade, and press. More info next week!

  • BIKINI:
Credits: Bayerische Hausbau. Photo: Franz Brück.
Credits: Bayerische Hausbau.
Photo: Franz Brück.

BIKINI is a space for national and international labels of the future spanning from fashion, design and digital lifestyle to exclusive, innovative products, smart ideas, and creative marketing. I went there to catch a German-made fashion label called LUXAA.

Credits: Bayerische Hausbau. Photo: Franz Brück.
Credits: Bayerische Hausbau.
Photo: Franz Brück.

LUXAA presented it’s winter collection called SKALAR. It’s the use of functional material from various sources, and pure aesthetics. Working with innovative material called Tyvek, the geotextile is similar to paper, is durable, breathable, washable, anti-allergen, sustainable, and 100% recyclable! I managed to catch the end of it LOL.

  • MBFWB:

The excitement of being at MBFWB will all be revealed next week!

Exciting times!
Exciting times!

This article is not sponsored and even though I received complimentary press tickets, all opinions and the various refreshments and glasses of enticing 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 what it’s like for all you budding fashionistas!

After that i will tell you what skiing is like in the Czech Republic and how to travel there using only public transport! We just got here yesterday, so you can follow me daily on Twitter & FB!

Some time in February, I will be at the Wintergarten Varieté where illusion replaces reality – for their latest production THE MAGICAL MYSTERY SHOW otherwise known as “The Show of the Magician.

The 65th Berlin International Film Festival – The Berlinale – will be taking place from 05.02.15 – 15.02.15.

Strictly Stand Up – The English Comedy Night is going to take place on 25.02.15 at the Quatsch Comedy Club in Berlin.

I’ll be participating in the pre-ITB Travel Massive event on 03.03.15. If you’re a blogger or just fancy a knees-up, come meet us. It’s going to be so much fun!

The actual International Travel Trade Fair – ITB – will be taking place from 04.03.15 – 08.03. 15.

If you’re not in Berlin in February, you’re missing out!

February is going to be stuffed.

Watch this space!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin.Have you ever been to a fashion show or event?  Katie Holmes or Elizabeth Hurley?

See you in Berlin.

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If you’re going to dance the night away – Do it in Berlin!

 

On the red carpet at Berlin's Night of Fashion, 2014.
On the red carpet at Berlin’s Night of Fashion, 2014.

This really is the last hurrah as Berlin Fashion Week is ultimately over.

For now.

But what a flicker and a bang. Berlin Fashion Week was awesome and although it was a lot of networking and running around, I sure had some fun.

Yeah, baby!

As you know. I’m not a person to shy away from parties and one of the ultimate round ups of Fashion Week are the fashion parties dotted around the city and surely, if you’re going to dance the night away – then do it in Berlin!

I went to a few after-party places with live D.J.’s spinning their discs and live singers from the USA. The venues had give-away booze and a free bar which I really appreciated, after a hard-day n ‘all but they weren’t the real fancy places.

Nope!

The real places that you had to get to. I mean absolutely needed to.

Are below.

Read on:

SO, WHERE DID I GO?

Just look at that space. Imagine clubbing here. It was great! @Kraftwerk Berlin
Just look at that space. Imagine clubbing here. It was great!
@Kraftwerk Berlin

1.  Kraftwerk Berlin was the industrial venue utilized by SHOW&ORDER for their fashion trade show, exhibitions and designs.

Kraftwerk Berlin is a former abandoned heating power station based in the suburb of now-gentrified “Mitte”: A piece of the city’s pre-industrial, Berlin Wall, era of East Berlin. An open gallery of concrete passages that maze into basement vaults and industrial halls, floors, and levels with a unique space volume of a 100 meters in length and a ceiling height of 20 meters, perfect for the Berlin style of clubbing, and now home to that most brilliant of clubs – Tresor.

Americans know a good thing when they see it! The Tresor Movie Premier in Detroit.
Americans know a good thing when they see it!
The Tresor Movie Premier in Detroit.

2.  TRESOR BERLIN was created and founded by Dimitri Hegemann who was looking for a place that would bring together the voice and sound of Berlin of the 90’s.

That’s right: Techno music, Experimental Electronic Music, and House Music – all the music that incidentally, I happen to like (although I also like classical music) !

I came to Berlin when TRESOR was in the previous location of Leipziger Straße.

God, those were the days!!

The club was hard-core and dirty, grimy, and gritty. The walls were old and covered in dust, mud, and sweat, with planks of wood, bricks and rocks scattered about. The crowd was young and recovering from the German re-unification or just wanting to pound out their life frustrations, and the music reflected that in hard industrial-core sound and rough, loud, pounding techno.

It was great!

In 2005, the club closed down due to the prime estate of the region and re-opened at it’s new venue – Kraftwerk Berlin – in 2006.

Belting it out in the rain. BREAD & BUTTER - The Luna Park. Courtesy of @breadandbutter.com (Nils Krüger).
Belting it out in the rain.
BREAD & BUTTER – The Luna Park.
Courtesy of @breadandbutter.com (Nils Krüger).

3.  LUNA PARK via BREAD&BUTTER was kitted out Brazilian style with beautiful samba dancers in skimpy bikinis, and copper-skinned drummers. We were invited to the VIP area at the front of the man-made Copacabana Beach and provided with complimentary mojitos, ice-buckets of water and beer, and a tasty Brazilian / German BBQ fit for a god. Music was supplied by a Danish rock band based in Berlin called Dúné.

It rained quite a bit but the rain didn’t dampen our enthusiasm but I had to leave prematurely as Germany were playing Brazil at the FIFA World Cup and I didn’t want to miss the match. I’m glad that I watched it at home with my family and close friends as Germany thrashed Brazil 7:1!

PREMIUM at the CHALET party in the quirky garden. ©Laura Deschner
PREMIUM at the CHALET party in the quirky garden. ©Laura Deschner

4.  CHALET was the venue of the “by invitation only” PREMIUM PARTY in the artistic suburb of Kreuzberg. That very same suburb that if you recall, I went on an alternative walking tour to.

The party was to start at 21:00 but being Berlin, I arrived at about 22:30. It was a bit difficult to find as it was raining and I had taken a route that included both the mainline train and the underground train and it was getting darker and darker. I don’t do well if it’s dark and I’m in an unfamiliar part of time, dressed up to the nines and carrying a small red handbag! Luckily, I bumped into two British guys so we walked around together and just followed a bunch of random people who were also dressed up. Berliners tend to dress more casually.

Ahem!

Anyway, we finally reached CHALET, went in through the VIP entrance and got our wrists stamped when I realised that I had been there before!

Amazing decor with vintage lamps and armchairs, wallpapers with antique patterns and many small rooms with long corridors. The CHALET club in Berlin. Photos@ Marielle Huey and Carolin Sage
Amazing decor with vintage lamps and armchairs, wallpapers with antique patterns and many small rooms with long corridors.
The CHALET club in Berlin.
Photos@ Marielle Huey and Carolin Sage

It’s a decadent abandoned 150 year-old mansion and in a hip part of Kreuzberg near the river and subsequently, where the cool clubs are. The last time I was there was at a surprise bachelorette / hen night party for a girlfriend of mine and we were all sworn not to research where we were going!

At the time (last year), it was a weird Alice in Wonderland set-up. The only way we could get in was by me being the spokesperson as the other girls were German. (I know. I know!) AND there was a four (4) hour – I kid you not, waiting list. We got in 60 minutes later and that was an effort as we weren’t on the waiting list and there were six (6) of us and we wanted to go in together.  Very worth it though as there were vintage lamps and armchairs, lots of tunnels that you either had to slide or jump into and tiny doors that you had to crawl into to get out. It was crazy, but brilliant.

A weird version of Alice in Wonderland!
A weird version of Alice in Wonderland!

Anyway, I digress.

Oh yes.

CHALET.

On this particular evening, the crowd was heaving in the garden and there was some sort of Roma (I think) band  playing and lots of clicking and “whoopa” in the air, so we joined in. There was an open bar with complimentary champagne, cocktails, red bull, energy drinks, and cocktails.

Can you see me dancing away at the Premium Party at CHALET, Berlin?  @jennifer-fey
Can you see me dancing away at the Premium Party at CHALET, Berlin? @jennifer-fey

It began to rain again and I thought about making my way home when I went into one of the inner rooms in the main building and found house and techno music playing. I could have been having so much more fun!

Did I go home? Er, no!

I got myself a few more drinks and carried on dancing. The music was louder. The crowd was younger. The room was darker. And the music was better.

The cool people at the cool Premium Party at CHALET, Berlin. @jennifer-fey
The cool people at the cool Premium Party at CHALET, Berlin.
@jennifer-fey

Yeeeeees!

By 00:45, I really did have to make my way home as most of the people there would be checking into a hotel but since I actually live in Berlin, I’d have to make my way home by public transport.

Umm. It’s not the weekend which means the last underground train has probably gone.

Taxi it is then.

But I’ve only got €12.00 in my purse.

Credit card perhaps?

It's me again! The Premium Party at CHALET Berlin. @Jennifer Fey.
It’s me again!
The Premium Party at CHALET Berlin.
@Jennifer Fey.

OK. I stepped outside of the club after collecting a lovely white umbrella that the staff of PREMIUM had been handing out and I saw a Fashion Week Mercedes-Benz van outside the club. Now, usually, these vans are for the models and VIP’s but desperate times n’ all that..

“Are you a taxi?”

“No!”

“Can you take me to the station anyway. For free.”

“Yes.”

“I meant, for free.”

“Yes!”

“OK. Stop joking. Can you take me for free. Nada. Zilch.”

“Yes!”

“Are you sure now ‘cos I’ve only got €12.00 in my handbag!”

“Yes, madam!”

“OK then. How far can you actually take me?” “Can you take me to the underground station?” “Actually, can you take me to a station up North as I actually live on the other side of the city?!!”

Fashion Week Berlin. Mercedes-Benz Exclusive-Shuttle-Service
Fashion Week Berlin. Mercedes-Benz Exclusive-Shuttle-Service

The drivers took me to the nearest connecting train station on my route. For free. I was home within 20 minutes and I couldn’t believe how nice they were. A great night.

The last party that I went to was the grand finale and the final hurrah of the Berlin Fashion Week.

I found out about this party at the Decoded Fashion & Premium “by invitation only” networking event. I befriended a Ukranian-Russian bloggers who lives in Hamburg called Julia from jolimentblog.com. She very kindly told me about an important party: Berlin’s Night of Fashion.

Berlin's Night of Fashion, 2014.
Berlin’s Night of Fashion, 2014.

5.  Berlin’s Night of Fashion or BNOF is an event that was created by an agency called after NetWork in 2009 by an exciting, enthusiastic man called Peter Schuler. Berlin’s Night of Fashion is a night where the media, models, photographers, makeup artists, casting agencies, headhunters, fashion individuals, businessmen and sponsors can come together, for a night.

Peter was fantastic, as I Emailed him only 72 hours before the actual night and he was a really good trooper and counted me in. It went so well that I even found myself at Block H. Row 1. Seat Nr. 5.

On the front row!

Right close to the stage where the models come out!

I felt so special and fashion-like.

Wow!

Berlin’s Night of Fashion is in its 9th year and this was the first time that I had ever been to a real catwalk fashion show before, not to talk of the front row.

I mean. Yeaaaaah!

Berlin's Night of Fashion. LIVING FACES and Ernest O. Look. Courtesy of Andrea Speer.
Berlin’s Night of Fashion. LIVING FACES and Ernest O. Look. Courtesy of Andrea Speer.

WHAT WAS THE CATWALK REALLY LIKE?

I was sitting at the front and it was an awesome feeling. I felt as if I were a journalist from the likes of Vogue or Cosmopolitan and I kept thinking I would  see the reflection of Anna Wintour’s sunglasses (American Vogue) or be hushed by Alexandra Shulman (British Vogue)! It must be over-whelming to have so many people looking at you all the time, but you know. I cope.

Oh, you meant the models!

Yes, I suppose it must be over-whelming to…. but they’re fantastically professional so I guess that it’s OK.

Having fun at Berlin's Night of Fashion.
Having fun at Berlin’s Night of Fashion.

The night consisted of the Red Carpet, photography and fashion networking so I milled around, got my photo taken, took others, and generally chatted to one and all. There was musical entertainment and then a catwalk presentation by the fashion houses below and these were my first impressions of my very first catwalk show!

  • STEAMPUNK PRINCESS: A sort of wedding dress theme with lots of feathers, flowers, lace, ruffles and frills. And high heels with a distinct whiff of a “Great Expectations” theme from Charles Dickens. The sexy wardrobe of Miss Havisham before she became completely bonkers. I loved the shoes as most of them were either gold or silver.
  • VAL D’AZUR: Exclusive swimwear that I could quite nicely see myself wearing. One shoulder pieces with chiffon covering bikinis, lace-wool kaftans, and lovely high-heeled sandals and wedges. Some of the designs were quite sexy in a “Game of Thrones” type of way!
  • LIVING FACES: Feathers and tight leggings with Tim Burton type make-up and fashion. Think “Corpse Bride” with black and white feathers, horns and wings. Long hair with elaborate styles, and strong make-up with vivid colours but in a dark, gothic and quirky way.
  • LIVING FACES - Berlin's Night of Fashion. Courtesy of Andrea Speer.
    LIVING FACES – Berlin’s Night of Fashion.
    Courtesy of Andrea Speer.
  • ROCKMÄDCHEN: Black velvet, “Spanish” tartan, black and white checked and patterned dresses or black frills, lace, ruffles and the Spanish coat of arms. Dark brooding looks, long skirts, red lipstick and dark wavy hair. Rock girls. Spanish style!
  • RODAN LEDERDESIGN: An ingenious idea. The designer brought to the catwalk 36 styles of the same design and dress – plain, coloured, leopard print, leather, bold patterns, zebra prints, chains, and even the national World Cup FIFA football colours of Argentina and Germany before we thrashed them too, in an exciting but breathtaking game of Germany 1: Argentina 0.

I had a great time. Thanks so much everyone.

See you in 2015!

With the metal horses at the PREMIUM International Trade Fair Show, Berlin.
With the metal horses at the PREMIUM International Trade Fair Show, Berlin.

This article is not sponsored and even though I received complimentary press passes to all the amazing parties, all opinions, are my very own!

Next week, I will be writing about SHEER MADNESS, and thereafter, now that the weather is sunny and warm, the rather astonishing rivers and lakes of Berlin.

July is going to be a beautiful month outdoor and in.

Watch this space!

The heat and light was burning. And so were my shoes. Smokin'! Berlin's Night of Fashion on the Red Carpet.
The heat and light was burning. And so were my shoes. Smokin’! Berlin’s Night of Fashion on the Red Carpet.

Many thanks once again to SHOW&ORDER, BREAD & BUTTER, PREMIUM International Fashion Trade Fair, Mercedes-Benz Exclusive Shuttle Service, and Berlin’s Night of Fashion. I had a really wonderful time. Thank you so much.

Would you like to go to a club in Berlin? Were you here when electronic and techno music was all the rage?  Have you ever been on the red carpet?

Are you coming for the summer?

See you in Berlin.

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