For their first Los Angeles Fashion Week presentation, Berlin-based creatives Essi Johanna Glomb and Rasa Weber of Studio Blond & Bieber conceptualized a group show featuring some of the German city’s most talented up-and-coming designers: Dawid Tomaszewski, Hien Le, Michael Sontag, Johanna Perret and Tutia Schaad of Perret Schaad, Eugenie Schmidt and Mariko Takashi of Schmidttakahashi and Vladimir Karaleev.
Glomb, a textile designer, and Weber, a product designer, united cutting-edge fabric-dyeing techniques (earth-friendly dyes made from microalgae or blackcurrant skins) and each designer’s spring silhouettes to create a capsule collection in hues ranging from pale gray to deep purple. Some designers also produced new patterns and weaves on white fabric that were inspired by the architecture of Los Angeles.
“Because we normally play in other categories, we thought this was an interesting way to approach innovation in the fashion space,” said Glomb. The show, dubbed “Berlin Colors,” was also supported by the Goethe Institut Los Angeles, where the entire production was restaged that same night in a more intimate setting, followed by an audience Q&A. It was a testament to German efficiency that the duo managed to pack up and transport all the models and clothes across town on a trafficky Friday night and mount their second show on time.
While the looks were presented on the L.A. runway in order of color intensity rather than label name, one could spot each designer’s signature elements, such as Le’s cut-outs and transparencies that formed “stripes” on one skirt, or Perret Schaad’s accordion pleats. Also unique to the collection was a Swarovski-embellished fishnet tank dress from Michael Sontag, which brought the requisite touch of sparkle to Hollywood amid the muted palette.