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Young Berlin design duo Johanna Perret and Tutia Schaad love to choose quirky, architectural venues for their Perret Schaad shows. In the past, they’ve made their audience stand outside and peer through the windows of Mies van der Rohe’s National Galerie as the models walked inside; or packed their show into  a small gallery in the courtyard of David Chipperfield’s Berlin offices. This season, they took brand building literally, taking over the wood department of a sprawling home-improvement center as the background for their fall show.

The designers have taken a slow and steady approach to developing their collections. Some argue the pace could be picked up, but show notes said the duo is committed to “the idea that every piece of a collection should last beyond its season and be reinterpreted and recombined over years.”

Emphasizing wide pants, asymmetrically slit long skirts and oversize tops, unexpected color combinations in luxuriant fabrics remained their calling card. Not big on embellishment, they nonetheless added a DIY touch to classic tattersalls and stripes, stitching orange stripes on gray georgette and embroidering checks on silk and organza. Kimono belts were a new style element, as were vividly toned pumps and boots designed in collaboration with Unützer.

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