Now in its second season, the Designer for Tomorrow Award, sponsored by German specialty store chain Peek & Cloppenburg, Dusseldorf, was one of Berlin fashion week’s biggest surprises. The quality of execution for the eight student participants was so exceptional that even the most far-out creations, like Sasa Kovacevic’s three-dimensional men-who-fell-to-earth knit ensembles, made a convincing transition from concept to reality. Juries always politely say the choice of a winner was difficult, but this time they weren’t kidding. Sam Frenzel’s must-have accessories – sculptural acrylic bow belts, mega 3D lucite necklaces and bracelets and snakeskin leggings – helped clinch the decision. Chantal Margiotta also wowed with stunning double-face tailored coats and dresses, complex in construction but ultimately simple in effect. Derya Issever was edgy yet elegant, pairing a mud and gray tie-dyed satin blouse and tie-dyed stockings with a skirt completely studded with jewel-like objects encased in Lucite. She also completely crimped a short leather skirt, its belt comprised of belt buckles sunken in Lucite. Also of note: Lena Pfeil’s macramé knits.

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