Recent Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016 featured a tremendous field of boutique fashion labels that set high standards in their collections. The week highlighted German as well as international designers, from various backgrounds and walks of life. Being a cradle for creativity and inspiration, Berlin is like a cooking pot for unique fashion recipes. Berlin Fashion Week is a real feast for hungry fashionistas.
The mix does it! From niche to well-established brands, from edgy to elegant, everyone here is well respected and deserves attention. Berlin Fashion Week has matured over the years to a friendly, welcoming and colourful event… and we love that. Coming to Berlin during Fashion Week is a must for buyers, media and fashionistas alike as other great fashion trade events are running during the same week. It can be hard to keep up with the abundance of options with events however not to be missed events include Premium, Green Showroom, Ethical Fashion, Panorama and Africa Fashion Day.
This year, the list of participants at MBFWB was long and rich in diversity including: ANJA GOCKEL, AUGUSTIN TEBOUL, BARRE NOIRE PRESENTED BY MASTERCARD, BOBBY KOLADE, BRACHMANN, DIMITRI, DOROTHEE SCHUMACHER, EMRE ERDEMOĞLU, ESTHER PERBANDT, EWA HERZOG, FRANZISKA MICHAEL, GREEN SHOWROOM, GUIDO MARIA KRETSCHMER, I´VR ISABEL VOLLRATH, IMPULS_03 GRADUATE SHOW HTW-BERLIN, IRENE LUFT, IVANMAN, JULIAN ZIGERLI, KILIAN KERNER, LENA HOSCHEK, LOUISE FRIEDLAENDER, MALAIKARAISS, MARC CAIN, MARCEL OSTERTAG, MARINA HOERMANSEDER, MINX BY EVA LUTZ, PEARLY WONG, PERRET SCHAAD, PIROSHKA, REBEKKA RUÉTZ, RIANI, SADAK, SOPOPULAR, STEINROHNER, THE FASHION TALENT AWARD “DESIGNER FOR TOMORROW” BY FASHION ID. THE AWARD SHOW HOSTED BY ZAC POSEN & THE SHOW OF DFT WINNER 2014 MATTEO LAMANDINI, VEKTOR, VONSCHWANENFLÜGELPUPKE, WHITETAIL and WILLIAM FAN along with new additions to the event: ANNELIE SCHUBERT PRESENTED BY MERCEDES-BENZ & ELLE, ALEXANDRA TAMELE, FYODOR GOLAN, HIEN LE, HOLY GHOST, KASEEE, LILLY INGENHOVEN, ONE WOLF, SAMMLER BERLIN and SHAI SHALOM.
On a tight schedule, I chased the catwalks, designers and after show parties. Here is a selection of some of many highlights from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin SS2016:
Inspired from the landscape and flora in the Provence in south of France, the Lena Hoschek SS2016 collection features colourful floral patterns on romantic and bohemian-chic dresses. The patterns are based on vintage fabrics from 1850. With a strong and clear brand philosophy, the designer keeps her promise by creating dainty and charming ensemble that women just adore.Also knows for her great attention to detail, Lena Hoschek collaborated with accessories brands that matched her collection perfectly, creating exquisite summer outfits.
Marc Cain SS 2016 collection entitled Future Romance, is inspired by the movie Picnic at Hanging Rock. The wonderful show was set in scenery resembling an enchanted forest, where models jumped out of the woods. The collection featured colorful outfits in jungle themes with botanical and fish scale patterns as well as clean light fabrics in white, black and eggshell. The collection focused on romantic looks using laces, crochet, embroideries and pearls.
An event as exciting as the collection itself. As a prelude to the show, two opera singers captivated the audience attention. The collection is predominantly set in three ranges: black, eggshell and a combination of both with shades of grey. Esther Perbandt is an authentic Berlin label with a strong brand philosophy.
Androgynous timeless designs with a perfect blend of sex appeal and refined tailoring. Esther Perbandt creates edgy designs that remain wearable, a true talent. Floating outfits in light fabrics and sheers reveal skin with elegance. Meticulous detailing such as Graphite stripes on sheers, open shoulders and weaving technique similar to intrecciato are seen throughout the collection.
The men’s also collection sets new standards for those capable to look over the fence – an Esther Perbandt outfit is a must in every fashion conscious men’s wardrobe.
Guido Maria Kretschmer
The SS2016 collection from German designer Guido Maria Kretschmer, entitled Bon Voyageis inspired by wanderlust: a very strong or irresistible impulse to travel. A subtle colour palette of soft pink, eggshell, white, blue, gold and yellow revealed on clean feminine lines evoke a warm summer ocean breeze. Tassels, sparkling pyrite crystals and buttons as well as delicate flower applications are the highlights of this
The SS2016 collection from designers Annelie Augustin and Odély Teboul is inspired by a tropical storm. The signature colour black remains the core of the brand, however this time with added white embroideries and Swarovski Crystals. Like tattoos, Geometrical forms in symmetrical designs reveal white floral patterns. A small yet exquisite collection presented in Galerie Judin together with twelve black and white photographs shot by Ellen von Unwerth.
Guest Contributor: Djaafar El Ghazi
Djaafar El Ghazi, a former architect, founded his self-titled lifestyle accessories brand Djaafar in 2007. Having lived in Berlin and Sydney, he currently resides in Barcelona, Spain.