Designer Malaika Raiss kept it short and sweet in her off-site runway show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin — the 17 looks she showed for spring 2016 were girly yet edgy. Hybrid and handkerchief hems fishtailed asymmetrically and a long, blush-colored slip dress sported delicate white flared fins at the bodice. Transparent bands made trousers peekaboo, while gossamer layers drifted out from beneath jackets and shifts.
Elsewhere, shirt dresses and tunics had deep side slits loosely secured with thin ribbons, letting them move with ease. Raiss used a blue cloud print for silk culottes paired with a black honeycomb wool bomber, and for a partly unbuttoned long shirt, which also worked as a dress, paired with a dark blue tweedy trouser suit cropped at ankle length. The designer finished with two looks she dubbed “semicouture” — frothy, sheer silk confections with tape embroidery.