SCHUMACHER: Opening Berlin fashion week, Dorothee Schumacher’s collection was luxurious and upbeat, casually mixing glistening silk charmeuse, crepe and jersey in soft powdery tones.
BOSS ORANGE: Boss Orange’s new collection aims to provide today’s denim-bred generation the items upon which to build an individual style statement. For men, that means scoop-neck T’s, rolled-up jeans and casual pants. Staples for women include long and swingy sash-waist skirts in everything from chambray to satin prints.
LALA BERLIN: Leyla Piedaysesh stuck to her knitwear roots with oversized chunky sweaters and floating floor-length cardigans, pairing them with slinky silk evening dresses.
STRENESSE BLUE: Strenesse Blue designer Victoria Strehle showed jumpsuits, city-tailored short suits, silky tank tops, easy A-line and halter dresses and slouchy, cropped pants – all with a controlled dash of dazzle.
STARSTYLING: Velcro took on a decorative role, adding a simple, graphic element to tops and dresses. “Forever Michael” T-shirts and tops made a topical statement all their own.
GANT: Brian Rennie didn’t shy away from heady color and humor in a men’s collection strong on surf-side sportswear. The women’s collection was less focused, but the printed cotton shifts and separates had a Lilly Pulitzer-like freshness.
KAVIAR GAUCHE: For brides-to-be, all the looks were worn with multi-strap sandals and all could be worn again, long after the honeymoon is over.
MONGRELS IN COMMON: The Berlin design duo of Christine Pluess and Livia Ximénez-Carillo presented their signature slip-on shirtdress in taupe silk, subtly darted and accented with metallic salmon skin.
PENKOV: Penkov’s superwomen carry the weight of the world on their strong, padded shoulders.
MICHALSKY: With a reputation for showmanship, Michael Michalsky was right at home in Berlin’s iconic Friedrichstadtpalast theater.
DESIGNER FOR TOMORROW: Now in its second season, the Designer for Tomorrow Award showcased the collections of eight student participants.
KAI KUHNE: One needs to take a very good look at Kühne’s intricate, geometric cuts to figure out how they’re constructed.
KILIAN KERNER: Key shapes for men next season included dressy biking shorts paired with structured jackets. For women, dresses in black, white, gold and green chiffon floated below bare shoulders.
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