with contributions from Cathrin Schaer
 on January 19, 2019

BERLIN — A noticeably slenderized Berlin Fashion Week was again testament to German fashion’s struggle to find direction. Running from Jan. 15 to 18, myriad events by different organizers spread over the entire city must have seemed like an undecipherable labyrinth to anyone not familiar with the set-up.

To start with, there were six different trade fairs with a three-day run from Jan. 15 to 17. They included Panorama for commercial apparel and Selvedge Run, a “trade show for quality garments and crafted goods,” which was acquired by the former last September, located at Messe Berlin. Premium Group hosted upper mid-market fairs Premium and Show&Order at Station Berlin, as well as streetwear show Seek at Arena — their other show, Bright for skating apparel, was skipped this season — and the Fashiontech conference.

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