Berlin Fashion Week: Urban Trends for Next Summer

‘Forward thinking’ is often a phrase that comes to mine when describing Berlin. The city encapsulates an essence of ‘anything goes’, from its parties to its accepting lifestyle to its urban and unique fashion. The coupling of the low cost of living with its ever-expanding start up scene means the city has a plethora of fresh creative talent. This energy fills Berlin’s streets consistently and brands the city as a melting pot for iconic trend setting. It is this vibe that had many, myself included, extremely excited to see what Berlin’s Fashion Week would bring when it kicked off on Tuesday.

Held twice-annually and in its eighth consecutive year the Mercedes-Benz Berlin Fashion Week is fast becoming recognised as an international hotspot for fashion. During the week, industry professionals flock to Brandenburger Gate to delight in its festivities.

Renowned German designer Anja Gockel opened the second day with her new Spring/Summer collection for 2016.

Anja Gockel’s SS/16 Collection

Creating a cool, casual, avant-inspired collection was at the heart of Gockel’s new designs. The collection entitled ‘Amelia’ was inspired by Amelia Earhart and the female power she signifies. This translated well into their collection, which sported airy and flowing fabrics that captured an essence of freedom and flight.

“Earhart was a free-thinking woman who fulfilled her dream against all odds- at a time that was dominated by men,’ Anja Gockel explained. 

‘The collection is a statement: Live now, enjoy it and show yourself.” Anja said. 

Gockel’s aim was to interpret her vision of the world in clothing and make women visible with this collection.

‘They should not integrate or feel restrained, but be seen’ Anja explained. 

The collection offers women the perfect mixture of femininity and strength and perfectly encapsulated their inspiration of Amelia Earhart.

Anja Gockel Pre-Show

Designer for Anja Gockel, Tamara Barinc said playing with flowing and light textures were important for the team in this collection.

‘We wanted to play with textures and colours and give this season a mix of airy femininity through silks paired with some bold colours and patterns’ Tamara said. 

The mixture of bold prints and with pastels of burnt oranges, soft pinks and deep blues was fitting for a Spring/Summer collection. This was paired with ethereal silky textures and diaphanous cuts which gives Gockel’s SS16 collection a sophisticated feel. Lending many ready to wear outfits for the warmer months ahead.

Next up was Berlin based Serbian menswear designer Sasa Kovacevic for the Sadak show. With an ethos of attitude, moods and statements about individuality and independence this show brought an energy that translates well into the style of Berliners.
Treating us to a palette of icey blues, iridescent purples and paired-back blacks, Kovacevic provided a neutral, yet edgy collection with a unisex feel and extravagant cuts detailed on innovative and high-quality materials.

This season he wanted to create a post-modern version of an Islamic miniature and daringly incorporated the Burkas with backless garments into his menswear collection.
Kovacevic is fascinated with the Internet, and consistently works with themes around it, so it was only natural that he turned to it for the imagery used in this collection. A dreamscape image in pastel tones, depicting two women walking on the beach in burkas emerged on shimmering tees and cape like jackets.

Mixing urban cool with sleek styling and design this collection mirrored the forward thinking that has been branded in Berlin.

These designers highlight the calibre of talent that was present during Berlin’s Fashion Week. With over a hundred shows, side events and parties the energy of the week could be felt throughout Berlin’s streets. Rain, wind and cooling temperatures couldn’t keep the hoards of fashion lovers away. Giving Berliners yet another reason to party from Monday to Sunday until the wee hours of the morning.

Sadak SS16 Collection

Across the board the designers showcased a lot of dusty pastels, with a solid trend of cobalt blue and some nude colours for good measure. Many designers sported fabrics of smooth silks and intricate lace for their Spring/Summer collection, however some denim and cotton were in there too to mix it up.

Travelling from Munich, fashion Blogger Dennis Brueggestrahs said the week was a great time to network and meet the many people he has been collaborating with throughout the year.
‘It’s great to meet some of the people I’ve been chatting with face-to-face, particularly the guys from Adias-it’s a chance to connect’ Denis said.

This openness, ease and unsophisticated cool is the essence of Berlin and was mirrored during the week. With the numerous shows being described as exciting and iconic as Paris’s couture Fashion Week it’s safe to say the week showcased the immense talent flourishing in the city. Leaving us all eager to add Berlin’s Winter Fashion Week to our calendars in January.

By Alice Dundon

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