Berlin has designated itself as a fashion mecca; a little known jewel that’s creating some real diamonds in the fashion industry. MBFW Berlin is this week and from what I have seen, there are some real show stoppers, including the three designers I will be featuring. Berlin has it’s own sort of vibe, much like each classic fashion capital, and that’s what makes it so perfect to house an explosive fashion week; Berlin’s punk rock, underground vibe is magnified by the designers the city houses.
Imagine Gatsby meets baroque meets punk. Classic 20’s details are accentuated by their modern pairing with leather accents and striking head pieces. Intricate beading takes the spotlight with sheer layers playing a supporting role, and flowers drape each and every look in Teboul’s 2013 Lookbook. Snakeskin prints and soft draping bring this collection into the modern era, while still retaining it’s 20th century flair. It’s sort of the punk rock, art loving Gatsby one would imagine if Gatsby was, well, modern.
Part quirky, part deranged hypnotist, part mandala lover. Oversize sloping shoulders, opaque looking eye glasses and netting overlaid on plain shirts all step up this Bahri collection from a basic lookbook. This collection is the perfect example of a great use of textures; metallic finishes on windbreaker inspired jackets add unexpected flair to a futuristic ensemble. Pleated skirts in pattern blocked styles also add something different to all the color blocking that has been popular in previous seasons.Your eyes never stop as your looking at this collection; there’s always another element to observe and note, whether it’s mandala like circles lined up like a strange sort of crop circle, or the perfect overlay on a knee skimming dress. It’s as if Alexander McQueen had a baby with an alien and it’s this collection; UFO style raincoats in perfectly clear blue tinge are the perfect topper to color block, ankle skimming cigarette jeans. The ultimate collection for the avant-garde space babe.
Vixen, space cadet encased in gold. Architectural pieces are plated in the finest of gold, and worn with eerie, couture like masks that resemble gas masks. Clear plastic is layered under dresses and worn as shirts, leaving nothing to the imagination and creating an interesting silhouette. The simple gold and cream color scheme elevates the sophistication of this already luxurious and sultry collection, and adds to the sort of sultry luxe vibe.The use of tough, translucent plastic allows a sexy, structured look to be created. The first dress, with it’s paneling, is reminiscent of an airplane and is a perfect example of the up and coming talent that Berlin holds; creating a piece such as this one is not an easy feat by any means. The second look in this collection is just as good; little ivory flowers adorn a sheath of clear plastic, creating a hide and seek effect that is perfect with the simplicity of slicked back hair and bedroom eyes. This collection is high fashion Pan’s Labyrinth for adults; playful in all the right ways, while still maintaining the perfect amount of allure and enchantment.
What do YOU think of these Berlin designers?