GOING FOR GOLD: The Premium Young Designer Awards, which helped kick off Berlin’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on Tuesday, showed a little love for the trade fair’s home city. Berlin-based Blame’s designer duo Sarah Büren and Sonja Hodzode took the women’s wear prize for their re-mixed dresses and separates. The accessories award went to Rita in Palma, the team of Ann-Kathrin Carstensen and Ana Nuria Schmidt, who work with Turkish women in Berlin to create delicate hand-worked neckpieces and scarves. Top men’s marks were given to Warsaw’s Lukasz Stachowicz for Lamperia, the line of vintage-inspired looks — some unisex, others accented by glass bowties.
All of the winners receive exhibition space at the next Premium show in July, and a presence at the trade show’s F95 fashion store.
German bag maker MCM also supported the Premium Young Designer Awards. Michael Michalsky, MCM creative director, was on hand to congratulate the winners, and give them each an MCM Visetis backpack, which they’ve been invited to customize for inclusion in MCM’s backpack line that will be shown in the next Premium session.
“You can never give young designers enough support, especially in Berlin,” said Michalsky.