BERLIN Closing Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin on July 1, Made Berlin launched with a dinner hosted by Ottolinger followed by a party with Eckhaus Latta at Alte Teppichfabrik.

Berlin-based designers Christa Bösch and Cosima Gadient brought a breeze of their feisty punk-couture label Ottolinger into the Galerie of the vacant carpet factory for the dinner.Guests were greeted by a haunting setting of floating plastic sheeting and red lightning surrounding a long table with artfully burned tablecloth, a pattern retrieved from the label’s collection.

One floor below, Los Angeles-based fashion label Eckhaus Latta continued its impromptu fashion experiments called “E.L. International Fashion Week” for the after party. Six hundred pounds of vintage clothing sourced from local secondhand retailer Humana hang from lines for guests to play around and take home.

The evening marked the first step of a continuing cultural exchange program that brought Eckhaus Latta to Berlin and will bring Ottolinger to Made New York for spring and fall 2017.

“Fashion should have no boundaries, so we think of ourselves as a global company. Each market has something to offer and is missing something and we’re here to amplify it. Berlin is just the start of a global initiative and there will be more to come — so stay tuned,” Made’s fashion director Ruth Gruca told WWD at the dinner.

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