DARK PORTRAITS: Berlin’s resident practitioners of the dark fashion arts Annelie Augustin and Odély Teboul can always be relied on to do something different. This season, designs from their Augustin Teboul line were the subject of photo exhibition called “Sounds of Black.” 


Twenty-nine portraits — in black and white, of course — by photographer Stefan Milev show personalities and strong characters, such as singer Peaches, publisher Angelika Taschen and actress Iris Berben, wearing Augustin Teboul. The images are on display this week at Berlin’s Kronprinzenpalais.    


“We wanted to show in another frame than just a catwalk how our clothes can take life on real people, and how can you wear them in different contexts and combine [them] sometimes. And to show it as real clothes, not only as a total black look that you see on a catwalk with extreme makeup and hair,” said Teboul.


Seven looks from the label’s all-black, 30-piece collection were also shown on models on Monday night.  There were pleated skirts with panels of variously textured leather, open weave, cobwebby crochet elements and a patchwork leather dress and vest made up of poppy shapes, including hearts, crosses, lightning bolts and eyes. A casual look of trousers and a sheer blouse was enhanced only with patent panels — practically minimalist for this designer duo and part of their continuing push to make more “wearable” clothes.  


Augustin and Teboul, who won the European Woolmark Prize for women’s wear in July 2014, are also currently at work on a new collection for the next round of the competition.

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