In 2003, when two fashion agents decided to launch a new kind of lifestyle fair literally underground in an unused subway tunnel on Potsdamer Platz, and three denim-loving friends opted to move their already offbeat urban wear show from Cologne to an industrial wasteland in Berlin Spandau, the reaction was skeptical. Sure, Premium and Bread & Butter, as these two platforms were called, were refreshing. Lots of fun even. But the potential anchors of Germany’s trade show activity? In Berlin of all places? No way.
Ten years later, the fall 2013 season gets its start Jan. 15 to 18 in Berlin in no uncertain terms, with almost all conceivable market segments now represented via a dozen trade events. In keeping with Berlin’s celebrated cool vibe, the German capital has become the undisputed contemporary and street fashion capital, powered by Bread & Butter, Premium, L.O.C.K., Capsule, Show & Order, The Gallery Berlin and Bright, plus many of the young designers showing on the runways, in the studio and assorted off-site venues during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin. As the city grows, changes and becomes more international, however, there’s also a markedly more sophisticated designer look emerging at trade show stands, on runways as well as at The Vogue Salon, which will go into its fourth season in January.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia