Monday, October 28, 2013

Lyle & Scott: „An Ode to Tartan“

British menswear label Lyle & Scott teamed up with creative agency White Label and presents its first collection of the fall/winter season 2013/14 with a very special intro: "An Ode to Tartan". It's a visual catching and thought-provoking short film that reminds us of the cult status of the Scottish traditional brand. The film combines impressions of Glasgow with pictures of the idyllic Hawicks, the birth place of Lyle & Scott, and takes the viewer onto a journey to the heart of the brand. The screenplay has been written by legendary Scottish broadcaster Stuart Cosgrove and is poetic and emotional - a love letter to the ethos of Lyle & Scott.

Lyle & Scott Presents: An Ode to Tartan from Lyle & Scott on Vimeo.

Furthermore Lyle & Scott cooperated with Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design during this year's 'Wool Week' in England. The renowned college gave it's students the possibility to design a wool sweater for Lyle & Scott. The award-winning design by student Kate Annis will be available exclusively in the new Lyle & Scott flagship store on Carnaby Street as well as online on shortly relaunched website of the label.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

isabell de hillerin Spring/Summer 2014

My favourite collection of all the ones I've seen at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin in July was the one by isabell de hillerin. Her spring/summer 2014 is named 'relief' and represents elegance, strength and grace. The Berlin-based label is known for structured cuts and details with a touch of past traditions which could also be seen in the latest collection. The looks were clean, made of light fabrics that give them their elegance and easiness. Though the cuts weren't wide they still looked flowing due to the beautiful fabrics. A bright coral and blue were the colour highlights between shades of beige, black and grey. Designer Isabell de Hillerin works together with small handicraft businesses in Romania and Moldova to revive the local traditional craft. She wants to encourage the few producers of the traditional art of weaving that are left with her fashion. In her collections the traditional is mixed with contemporary design with the hope to counter the current loss of culture. 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

COINTREAU Fizz Secret Garden presented blush

At Cointreau Fizz Secret Garden in restaurant '3 Schwestern' the Berlin-based lingerie label blush presented its new collection for the first time at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin in July. In the early evening there was a food pairing session with the chefs of Berlin restaurant 'Themroc' as well as a cocktail session with Alfred Cointreau, great-grandson of the Cointreau founder, and well-known barkeeper Tom Stock who introduced the guests to the history of the French company with long tradition and the world of cocktails. The evening was a great mix of fashion, lifestyle and culture and it was a great fashion week debut for the sexy lingerie by blush.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Franziska Michael Spring/Summer 2014

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin and Wimbledon took place at the same time so the tennis inspired setting of Franziska Michael's spring/summer 2014 presentation was quite fittingly. There were tennis balls everywhere, the models were turned into tennis players and the background noise was a tennis game. The clean white and neon yellow coloured pieces completed the tennis picture. Aside from white and yellow the ESMOD graduate also used eyecatching prints and managed to create sporty, comfortable looks that have nothing to do with the typical dreary tennis outfits we all know. A day prior to her show Franziska Michael won the Premium Young Design Award for womenswear. She started with her label in 2010 and since then made name for herself in the Berlin fashion scene. Congrats to Franziska for winning the award! I really hope to see more of her work in the future.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Blaenk Spring/Summer 2014

One of my highlights at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin this month was the spring/summer 2014 collection by Blaenk. The completely kept in white couture pieces made my fashion heart beat faster. The collection was presented at the Dutch embassy in a deliberately reduced installation. Together with the works of Dutch glass artist Bernard Heesen an interesting setting between fashion and modern architecture has been created. The designers Silke Geib and Nadine Möllenkamp reduced the colour palette this season to the cleanest of all colours: white. This was the best colour choice for those beautiful timeless pieces as it represents lightness, clarity, perfection, beginning, innocence, modesty and truth. The collection is based on the main principle of up-cycling and beautiful vintage materials have been turned into new beautiful pieces with outstanding finishings, extensive manufacturing and an experimental twist. I just loved the whole setting at the embassy, the weather was great and I totally fell in love with the beautiful collection. The designers have so much love for detail which is reflected in each piece and the closer you look the more exciting details you'll discover.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

rebekka ruétz Spring/Summer 2014

During Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin this month rebekka ruétz presented her spring/summer 2014 collection. Unfortunately I missed the show because my train was delayed but nonetheless I'd like to share photos of the looks here with you. The collection is named 'SPLENDOR SOLIS - der Glanz der Sonne' and aside from that it focuses on three further subjects:
The Hourglass: sculpturally curved shapes that broaden the shoulders and hips to create the illusion of a defined waist.
The Gradation: short over long, long over short, the hemlines moves up and down like stairs.
The Ellipse: smooth breezy cocoon shapes create a soft option to the sharp contrasts of the formed silhouette.
Used materials include comfortable knits, finest silk, high quality composition leather and a lot more creative fabric combinations. A better part of the fabrics is either very shiny due to exciting material combinations or come with metallic twines. The colour shades reach from summer white to nude, yellow and mustard, bordeaux, violet and indigo blue to diamond black. Artful highlights like sparkling piping and shimmering black chakra prints on the inside of the clothes round up the colour palette.

Photo Credit: Getty Images