So basically, yesterday was officially the end of Berlin Fashion Week.
In the winter.
You should have seen it. It was snowy and icy, and I was freezing my little socks off.
Yep! I wasn’t even wearing tights (panty-hose). I was wearing pop socks!
And ankle boots!
It seems to be my thing now!
Fashion is synonymous with creativity and business, but in Berlin, fashion isn’t only an economic hum but an art form, that gives Berlin a cultural trump card!
When you think of Berlin, you think art and culture. When you think of art and culture, you think Berlin!
In Berlin, fashion and design labels present themselves with work that can be described as inventive, experimental, expressive and so very urban!
This was my fifth season at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin.
The first time I wasn’t actually invited and just sort of bragged and hustled my way through! However, by last summer I was well and truly on my way to being a real press person!
Here are the previous posts:
I was supposed to write Part II, but with all the media attention I was getting myself, I didn’t quite get to it…!
Here we go.
Winter is pretty low-keyed in my opinion, so I only received press invitations and passes to fifteen (15) exclusive fashion houses and fashion trade shows, and fourteen (14) after-shows functions and parties. Last summer, I had thirty-five (35) and seventeen (17) respectively. Not too shabby for the “low” season!
WHERE DID I ACTUALLY GO?
Being that it’s the autumn/winter edition, the shows and events were a little more low-keyed than if it were the summer, and so yours truly dedicated a mere 2.5 days, rather than the whole week lol!
I actually went to:
Let’s take them one by one shall we!
I only had a limited amount of time as it was Monday evening and Fashion Week proper hadn’t started! Nevertheless, I made it work as I so enjoy going there.
SHOW & ORDER is a fashion trade event that combines an exclusive international platform with networking and selective presentation. All iron pipes and slabs of stone. Very rugged. Very Berlin. It’s located in KRAFTWERK; the premises of a former abandoned heating power station and the present day TRESOR club, and has an industrial feel.
Most of the fashion presented were of anoraks, fur capes, hoods, tweeds, flowers and stripes. Along with accessories.
With a space of more than 10,000 square meters, three (3) levels, and more than 250 international brands, including many young talents and new exhibitors, they had three (3) very successful business days, and I always enjoy going there, as the space and vibe is fresh.
I’ve never been to a fashion dinner before so I was pretty chuffed to be invited. We started off with tasteful cocktails at the chats, and networking initiatives, where I found myself hanging out with a real fashion journalist from a local paper – Wolfgang. We then decided to sit together as effectively, we didn’t really know anyone lol!
There were long white tables, with white crockery and silver cutlery. Trays of sliced cold meats, exotic cheese, salad bowls and square baskets of bread. We were also given more cocktails and a variety of lovely bottles of wine. There was also a live singer and band, plus a goodie gift bag to take home. The dinner was really nice and I was very impressed!
Even though the designer – Ivan Mandzu – is German-Serbian, you can’t deny that the IVANMAN collection is quite English in style, using elements of Saville Row and the Teddy Boys.
Just look at those wonderful bright colours and oversized lapels.
And cheekbones to die for!
The clothes were colourful and bright in pink, yellow, brown and red. Roller-necked jumpers, up to the neck-buttoned-up shirts. Swinging jackets. Very 1950’s Dandies! Very London! Very Geezer!
The LENA HOSCHEK collection was inspired by Miss Marple and British fashion. In fact, the collection was called “The Brits“ and was dedicated to the confident, modern woman-about-town, with an elegance of British charm and style.
They were in very good company lol!
The clothes were tweed, wool, rose-print patterns and knitwear. Lots of dark greens, black, silver and russet orange brown. Long wavy hair, fur on the cape and long lapels. It’s not Princess Diana by any means, more the young Queen Elizabeth, but I could quite see myself strolling into my corporate classes with these pieces, quite nicely!
In the early evening, I rushed over to PANORAMA BERLIN.
I really like Panorama as it presents a contemporary array of women’s and men’s collections, shoes and accessories, as well as lifestyle products by market leading brands. This relatively new (2013) European fashion trade fair focuses on a select portfolio of top international fashion brands with business relevance.
With more than 600 collections in a spacious 42,500-square-meter exhibition space, PANORAMA BERLIN is one of the largest and most economically relevant fashion trade show in German-speaking countries. Some 50,000 industry visitors from 96 nations make Panorama Berlin the best-attended fashion trade show in Europe, and thus one of the most important in the world.
I love going there as PANORAMA BERLIN is always nice and friendly. I always have a fine time chilling with the exhibitors, buyers, and other press hounds, and once the venue is officially closed, the fun really begins!
I hung out at a nice corner of an Italian fashion brand called CASAMODA. They were pretty chilled, nice and friendly, as I basically just walked in and started shaking hands with people lol! I nevertheless, had a chat with Jennifer Kruger – from the Export Dept – who told me that CASAMODA. is a city business lifestyle brand for a variety of men between 30 – 60!
I had a few glasses of champagne, a few bottles of water, some crisps (potato chips) and some pretzel sticks when I heard an English voice, and before you knew it, I was in a circle of English business professionals nattering away!
The Berlin designer – Esther Perbandt made her presentation at Radialsystem V. Radialsystem V is a turn-of-the-century 1900’s water pumping station, situated in the urban centre of Berlin, between the suburbs of Friedrichshain, Mitte and Kreuzberg! It’s also a creative space ripe for the art scene in Berlin.
Esther Perbandt’s collection “Solanum – Nightshadows” is inspired by graphical shapes and light, architecture, cotton and tweed and the colours black, white and grey!
ESTHER PERBANDT AFTERSHOW PARTY
Sadly, I wasn’t actually able to attend this after-show party as I had another private engagement to attend to! However, the party was at the Radialsystem V. and the dress code was black and white. I understand that it was open to members of the public as long as they were dressed accordingly, and paid a €5.00 entrance fee.
It’s pretty cool to extend fashion week not only to industry people but to members of the public alike. I’ll talk more about that next week!
This article is not sponsored and even though I received complimentary press tickets, all opinions and the various titbits and fashion opinions, are my very own!
I have so much to share with you as I’ve only given you the first two days! I’m splitting this post into two parts. Part I now and Part II in a fortnight (two weeks). If I can!
Watch this space!