Call it splendor in the grass — for spring Julian Zigerli staged his Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin show guerrilla-style in a local park, with models walking to the beat of their personal Bluetooth speakers. Zigerli’s own animal instinct was a little more tame, however, as he called the collection White Rabbit.
The Swiss designer is known for psychedelic and witty modern pieces in performance fabrics — often more playwear than men’s wear. This time, ink stains and wood grain in dark tones were interestingly shadowy on white jeans, knit pants and T-shirts. Pale-gray and black trenches and jackets tied kimono-style and patchwork denim separates offered a subtler take on Zigerli’s usual sporty zaniness. Many models sported clip-on, heart-shaped mirrored sunglasses, a collaboration with Berlin’s Lunettes Kollektion, and leather bags from Zigerli’s accessory line.
While other MBFWB designers collaborated with Snoopy (Kaviar Gauche) and SpongeBob (Patrick Mohr), Zigerli created original cartoon motifs working with Japanese illustrator Seitaro Ito. These included bunnies and bananas, often strategically placed, and a sort of rabbit-and-carrot camouflage print on button-downs, windbreakers and shorts. Eagle-eyed attendees could catch the real thing: A couple of wild bunnies lurked by the park’s exit after the show.