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Day 1 Rundown of Berlin Fashion Week

Tuesday 07 July 2015
Words Ailis Mara

Showcasing the best of fashion talent in Berlin and beyond, Berlin Fashion Week Spring Summer 2016 kicked off today in the German capital. Renowned for its innovation and progressive approach to fashion and sustainable manufacture, the Mercedes Benz sponsored event runs from the July 7 – 10. With its reputation as a burgeoning creative centre, #MBFWB16 proves Berlin to be a promising competitor to the main fashion weeks of New York, Milan, London and Paris, and a playground for both emerging and established designers.



Beautiful show today bringing out whites, mesh transparency and denim! @vektorberlin ?? #mbfwb

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ESMOD Berlin graduate duo Kristina Puljan and Martin Eichler present their unisex collection, weaving together masculine and feminine styles. Culottes and tunics make the collection an urban gender fluid uniform for the Berlin cool kids. A plethora of zips and pockets add a functional feel yet the sheer organza, cutouts and mesh panels keep the minimal silhouettes youthful and sexy. Light and breezy fabrics combined with strong and edgy shapes make the collection perfect for summer stomping in the city.




Menswear designer Daniel Blechman assimilates Berlin and London streetstyles with his SS16 collection. Clean tailoring meets a military vibe with guerrilla face paint, deep khakis and armband detailing. The sharp tailoring contrasts with knee rips, severe distressing and cutout details to keep the collection raw and urban. Slightly too short trousers and extra-long sleeves lend a boyish feel to the hypermasculinity of the collection.  



Rosenblätter-Regen bei der Marc Cain Show in Berlin. #mbfw #marccain #berlin @marccain #fashion #show #model #happy #girls #nohighheels #fun A photo posted by GRAZIA Magazine Germany (@grazia_magazin) on  

The internationally established premium womenswear brand sent a stunning and sophisticated collection down the catwalk, with silk materials and 70s inspired shapes dripping with luxury and elegance. Monochrome and abstract and digital prints keep the collection from falling into the girly territory, while feather boas, ruffled organza and crimped hair lend a party ready edge. Particularly beautiful was the hair styling; the voluminous hair was reined in by dainty hair chains and thick ribbon cinching in the girls’ tresses.





Barton Fink’s menswear collection pays homage to classic menswear but offers a fresh outlook on contemporary tailoring. Grey tones create the backdrop for bright pinks, purples, turquoise and yellow in protest against the muted colours of traditional men’s formalwear. The result is a quirky yet respectable Ivanmann city boy, as slightly too short trousers, bright socks and vests give the collection a twee edge.