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Berlin Preview: Scene

Places to check out in Berlin.

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TWENTYSOMETHINGS: Luckily, fashion illustrations need no translation. For as charmingly rhymed as “Pailletten-Posen-Puderdosen” is in German, “Sequins-Poses-Powder Boxes” doesn’t quite do justice to the captivating exhibition of Twenties illustrations and objects at the Kunstbibliothek.


Indeed, the works from Berlin’s Lipperheidesche Costume Library — which owns one of the most comprehensive collections of Twenties fashion illustrations — finally provides concrete evidence to back Berlin’s oft-quoted claim of being a key fashion center in the early 20th century. Berlin was definitely Germany’s media capital at the time, and of special interest here is the cadre of Berlin-based illustrators who captured the creations of the city’s fashion makers for countless magazines, newspapers and fashion supplements. The illustrations also reflect the era’s various feminine ideals as well as the artistic movements of the time.

As a bonus, there’s a private collection of 200 powder boxes and beauty accessories from this period.

Kunstbibliothek, Kulturforum on Potsdamer Platz
6 Matthäikirchplatz; smb.spk-berlin.de
Tues.-Fri.: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thurs.: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Weekends: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

— Melissa Drier


UPPER CRUST:
Over the past few years, the German capital’s restaurant scene has gone through a revolution, with new high-end eateries in eastern Berlin becoming a key meeting point for the city’s artistic, political and media scene. The latest addition is the Gendarmerie, which opened May 4 in a former 19th-century bank by star restaurateur Josef Laggner. With 26-foot-high ceilings, more than 4,300 square feet and seating for 500 guests, the menu’s main focus is French cuisine, with an oyster bar in what was once the bank’s vault.

Gendarmerie
42 Behrenstrasse; +49-30-7677-5270

— Damien McGuinness

G0-G0 CLUB: In the peripatetic merry-go-round that makes up Berlin’s club scene, WMF is probably the city’s most iconic venue. After a break of a couple of years, WMF is now in its eighth reincarnation, popping up in a sleek no-nonsense concrete block tucked behind Alexanderplatz. Just to keep people on their toes, the club’s promoters will only hold sporadic events a couple of times a month. During fashion week, on July 3, Diesel is scheduled to throw a party at WMF featuring a performance by Peaches.

WMF
44 Klosterstrasse; wmf-club.com
— D.M.

SEOUL FOOD: The path from fashion concept store to Korean eatery is not a common one, but it’s a tasty change for Sumi Ha. Besides organizing Ideal Showroom, the erstwhile trade platform for young designers, Ha highlighted innovative streetwear and fashion from a rotating selection of designers at her store, Best Shop, which opened in 2004 and closed at the end of May. Two weeks later, the storefront transformed into YamYam, a bright and casual restaurant with light-colored wooden benches and a menu full of pulse-quickening flavors. At the counter, order Gimbab (a Korean take on sushi), Mandu dumplings, or Bibimbab (vegetables, red pepper paste and a fried egg on a bed of rice). For dessert, try YamYam Subak, a quirky blend of watermelon, feta cheese, honey and mint.

YamYam
Alte Schönhauser Strasse, 10119; +49-30-2463-24-85; yamyam-berlin.de
Mon.-Sat.: 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

— Susan Stone

INSIDE THE BOX: Pop-up store Cube brings together eight young Berlin designers under one 645-square-foot roof. Lead by Hypnosis Berlin, which presents avant-garde streetwear, the shop is a stylish addition to a passage off Unter den Linden that includes the Sea Life aquarium.

At Cube, knitwear from Natasha Loch and Aspique are on the racks, Liptus delivers pared-down jersey shapes, Meike Deter brings premium women’s wear to the mix, Velibor takes care of premium men’s, Cultivate goes green and Stoffbruch 18 is on tap for casual denim.

During fashion week, the shop also will host hat designs from Austrian Cindy Steffens and collages and sketches from designer Torsten Berndt.

The pop-up store opened May 31 and is slated to stick around until September — though, if things go swimmingly, Cube may become a permanent fixture on the grid.

Cube
CityQuartier DomAquarée Heiligegeistgasse/2 St.-Wolfgang-Strasse, 10178; info@cube-berlin.net; cube-berlin.net
Mon.-Sat.: 11a.m.-8 p.m.

— S.S

 

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