Almost 40 years later, she still lives a successful fashionable jet-set life. For this current collection – Fall/Winter 2013, von Furstenberg turned to a heady mix of glam rock and Studio 54 — a moment in the Seventies when she began to spread her wings sartorially and otherwise. Without a creative director by her side for the first time in over a decade, von Furstenberg was determined to recapture some of her label’s essence that she felt had recently gone astray.
Diane von Furstenberg Fall 2013 Runway Show
BOLD: Array of colorful original prints // Beautiful maxi dresses // Glamorous Seventies OLD: Too many colors // Too many matching pieces
It’s been a while since Kenneth Cole got started working in fashion and selling shoes from his trunk. Last week, he celebrated the brand’s 30th anniversary with a return to the runway at New York Fashion Week after a 7 year hiatus. With a brilliantly themed event, “Social Netwalking”, focusing on the drastically evolved world, Cole’s Fall 2013 runway show was set in an unfinished industrial building. The fast walking models and the hard music conveyed the tone of the collection: Futuristic Industrial Germany met the New York City businessman on-the-go, ever so chic, edgy and sophisticated. The clothes were rendered mostly in black and gray with some military green and burgundy, along with lots of leather details and metallics. An array of outerwear and knitted skirts with an air of casual chic was also shown at his show.
Kenneth Cole Fall 2013 Runway Show
BOLD: Military green and burgundy // Beautiful long outerwear // Lots of leather destails OLD: Too much black and gray // Mood a bit too “triste”
Michalsky, one of Germany’s most influental fashion designer was the highlight at Berlin Fashion Week on Friday last week. More than 1,500 guests from all over the world, fashion workers as well as press members and celebrities, saw 40 stunning models presenting Michalsky’s latest collection.
Peacoats came cropped, midlength or nearly to the floor, wide-cuffed slim pants were shown, while dress joggers were worn with a shirt and tie. The designer continued to offer lots of silk and satin designs, but it was the more masculine and tailored looks (as shown in picture one) that caught my attention!
Michalsky Fall/Winter 2013 Runway Show
BOLD: Original prints // Beautiful maxi dresses // Masculine & tailored looks // Long Peacoats OLD: Highlight piece missing // Nothing different
The Munich-based fashion designer Marcel Ostertag brought us back to the “modern” 80′s. Bold printed designs, a lot of colors and sparkle dominated his newest collection. The best part was the end: the designer himself was walking down the runway in his womenswear designs with high heels, long hair and a beard. Too bad that this highlight didn’t come as a surprise.
holyGhost Fall/Winter 2013 Runway Show
It was only 2010, when the trio Sedina Halilovic, Ivana Bogicevic and Jelena Radovanovic founded their fashion label holyGhost in Munich, Germany. “Holy” to them is their friendship, ingenious their function. The newest collection was interpreted with harmony, exciting silhouettes and extravagant details. Very simple but also special somehow.
BOLD: Array of colorful original prints // Beautiful maxi dresses // Clean cuts OLD: Too simple // Very expected collection // Nothing exciting
Dimitri’s Runway Show last Wednesday was our favorite at Berlin Fashion Week. His perfect sense for combining harmony, romantic and styling with sophisticated tailoring was amazing to watch. The Italian-based designer remained true to his trademark: the silhouette in his designs were very feminine and clean.
Dimitri Fall/Winter 2013 Runway Show
BOLD: Nice color combination // Beautiful coats // Lovely clean silhouettes OLD: Highlight design was missing // A bit too feminine
“Guten Tag” from Germany! Berlin Fashion Week started on Tuesday, January 15th and lasted till this weekend. It was great being a part of it and now we’d love to share with you some pictures of the fashion presentations we went to.
Have a look at some of the latest collections from Berlin Fashion Week:
Franziska Michael Fall/Winter 2013
The young German designer Franziska Michael from Kreuzberg was inspired by the topic “contrast” in her latest Fall/Winter 2013/14 collection. Contrasts such as “liquid” to “hard”, “colorful” to “plain” was her emphasis. After studying fashion design in Berlin, Michael founded her namesake fashion label in 2009 and is mostly inspired by the extrem of art, architecture and nature in her designs.
BARRE NOIRE Fall/Winter 2013
What started as a young design duo’s dream come true, the label BARRE NOIRE has now as of 2012 only Timm Süssbrich at the helm of the brand. His collections are now more mature and the combination of his relaxed and elegant styles are not only seen in sophisticated business looks but also on the streets of Berlin. His motto: everyday-casual-chic!
1913 Berlin Fall/Winter 2013
It’s all about cashmere when it comes to Yujia Zhai-Petrow, founder and creative designer of the fashion label 1913 Berlin by Yujia. As a native German but located in London, she successfully combined youthful sportiness with sophisticated elegance for edgy and luxurious women’s and men’s clothes.
We’ve decided to feature these 3 German fashion designers since we really liked their presentation the most. While Berlin might not be one of the “four” famoust fashion metropoles, it is absolutely rising in the ranks and media. You will find a lot of unusual and avant garde fashion designs from even more creative designers. It is definitely so interesting to watch how the city is becoming more and more important to the industry.
BOLD: Array of colorful original prints // Great street styles // Something different to watch OLD: Not many elegant styles // Very expected collections
Fashion designer Diane von Fuerstenberg (DVF) teamed up with Sergey Brin, Co-founder of Google to unveil a futuristic collaboration, merging fashion and technology. Now you know in case you wondered what the futuristic-looking glasses that Diane von Furstenberg and her models were wearing on the runway last Sunday, were all about.
Including a camera inside the tiny cube attached to the frame, DVF used Google’s new Glass technology to create a behind-the-scenes video of her latest Spring 2013 collection. The result was to make a short documentary about the day from a designer’s and models’-eye view perspective.
Overall, nice PR move! I really think this Google-Glasses-experiment will take us a step closer to finalize the marriage of fashion and technology.
In a Designer’s Loft on 31st Street, overlooking the Hudson River in Manhattan, Daniella Kallmeyer showcased her Spring 2013 collection last Sunday afternoon. Known for her edginess and dedication to empowering women through her designs, Kallmeyer’s new line was simple, yet involved subtle details and quality materials.
The show began with futuristic leather and nylon garments. Trends such as peplums continued to be featured for next season. From dark neutrals to brighter colors and prints, Kallmeyer’s clothes were made of white and black leather jackets, tops, skirts and shorts. Soft blues and oranges were also shown in some prints on blouses, dresses, swimsuits and tights.
Overall, the collection went from ultramodern to bright. Daniella Kallmeyer’s focus of empowerment was perfectly underlined by No Doubt’s background music “Nothing’s gonna knock this girl down”. May the same hold true for the Designer herself.
BOLD: Nylon garments // Soft blues and oranges // Nice prints // Leather pieces // Beautiful swimsuit OLD: Too plain // No eye-catcher // Too much black
French romance was in the air last Sunday night at Zang Toi’s Spring 2013 show in New York. Inspired by the romantic French Riviera, Zang Toi amazingly chose soft colors for his collection which nevertheless made stunning and bold statements. The French classical music setting underlined the mood of being in the Cote D’Azur in South of France just perfect.
The designer opened his show with boudoir looks — a gorgeous ivory floor-length silk morning gown with pleaded ruffled borders and a beaded ivory mini-robe. Softly structured tweedy looks were followed after sexy secretaries in suit-costumes with pinstripes were walking down the runway. Toi closed the show with beautiful, long soirée gowns — a giant tulle bubblegum Cinderella ballgown followed by a parade of “Disney dresses” in silk gazar.
All gowns were embellished with beautiful crystals on the shoulders, neck and hem line. Big delicate bows and puffed sleeves added a touch of sophistication. Soft colored flowers that looked like bouquets were precisely placed at the back of low cut dresses giving each look a very unique appearance.
Zang Toi’s Spring 2013 Collection is magnifique
A few menswear looks were also shown with the same dress code: handsome in black silk tailcoat with attached sculpted collar, ivory silk dupioni tuxedo shirt and top hats.
All in all, Zang Toi fantastically showed nearly every facade of today’s women style: the business woman, the sexy and independent gal and last but not least the princess we all dream to be at some point in time. From the beginning to the end, the collection and music was marvelous. As Zang Toi walked the runway with muse Julie Macklowe, the audience rose to their feet and gave him a well deserved standing ovation for his elegant display that successfully captured the enchantment of the French Riviera. Chapeau Mr. Toi.
BOLD: Softly structured tweedy looks // Beautiful long soirée gowns // Delicate bows and puffed sleeves OLD: Sometimes slightly too couture-ish
Last Saturday, Moscow-born fashion designer Katya Leonovich showcased her Spring 2013 collection at Lincoln Center in New York. The designer’s story for the new line conveys a delicate woman with a strong statement that demands to be seen and heard.
The focus of Katya Leonovich’s collection was on the details. Each piece featured a unique technical look such as pleats, crinkles, and plisse. The designer chose to use a lot of soft fabrics including chiffon, organza and charmeuse, creating a very natural and flowing look. The clothes were beautifully rich and with metallic shades of pinks, purples, blues, and emerald greens fit for a peacock.
Walking politics with Katya Leonovich’s Spring 2013 Collection
The grand final of the show was showing two models strutting down the runway side by side, wearing each a leather gown with a hand-painted face of President Obama, the other of presidential candidate Mitt Romney. With this unusual twist, Katya Leonovich used the attention on the runway partly to point out the importance of the upcoming presidential election on November 6th.
Katya Leonovich’s Spring 2013 collection emphasized the blurred lines that usually separates Spring from Fall which shows, that cool tones are no longer reserved for only cool months. Certainly a bold move of Leonovich, and one that might be a good inspiration for others to follow.
BOLD: Unique technical look // Soft fabrics incl. chiffon & organza // Natural and flowing look OLD: Too metallic // Political touch unnecessary