During Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin I attended the presentation of AUGUSTIN TEBOUL's fall/winter 2012/13 collection. The show-installation took place at KOW Gallery in Berlin-Mitte, a location with raw concrete walls and high ceilings, which was the perfect background for the artful performance by the lyrically expressive Ariane Andereggen, the twelve models lost in reverie and of course the incredible collection by AUGUSTIN TEBOUL. The design duo has been among my favourite Berliners for quite a while now and I was once again thrilled by their beautiful creations. With a lot of haze and to the sound of Bonnie Tyler's "Holding out for a hero", Mike Patton's "Deep deep down", Lou Reed's "This magic moment" and Adriano Celentano & Mina's "Parole, Parole" a modern realisation of the greek mythology of 'The Thread of Ariadne' was created under the direction of scenographer Zana Bosnjak. Ariane Andereggen and the models who are serving as her tableaux vivants are following and losing their own guideline in it. The language generated an association field in which every visitor could follow his or her own thought. A chaise longue, elevator and stairs of the location also functioned as a stage for the performers in the floor-length dresses made of transparent silk and muslin, skintight leather pants and body tights with hand-crocheted and with beads embroidered details. Thereby they all appeared like they're stuck in repetitive patterns of movement: life in its inevitable absurdity, rushing, in constant reruns. The inability to connect wishes and dreams with the extremes of reality. Expression of the inner state.
Photos: © Max Merz