Maybe it’s Heidi’s cute accent and penchant for making the â€œauf’â€?ed Project Runway contestants feel better with sweet goodbye kisses, but this model cum fashion provocateur has me wonderingâ€”where are the German designers? Other than the obvious Wolfgang Joop, Karl Lagerfield, Hugo Boss and Helmut Lang, we rarely hear a peep about fresh faces from Deutschland. Paris, London, Milan, Hong Kong, Singapore, LA, India, South Africa and New York host the world’s best and brightest designers every season but notably absent is hype about Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, KÃ¶ln or any other Deutsch destination.
Quick shot: This week, let’s start with quick shot of what’s up in Berlin. Legendary for their cutting edge design, Berliners now have access to what the rest of the world will see two seasons later. The innovative Berlinomat shop combines merchandise of more than 150 designers under one roof. Luxus International makes its sales space available to 60 designers/creators and even the legendary galleries Lafayette launched their â€œLabo Mode,â€? a platform for young designers to sell their wares in a special sales area for 3 months. It was great to see MB Capital Fashion Berlin and PREMIUM Exhibitions organize Berlin’s first fashion week last January but other than H & M’s (www.hm.com) online guide to the badass avant-garde backstreets of Berlin, there seems to be a bit of fashion amnesia regarding this cosmopolitan center.
Just a sample of webshops and German Style Sites:
German Style Star Survey:
Widda Minikleid im twiggy-style, www.berlinerklamotten.net
Style: If you like laidback LA style then you’ll love these cute and comfortable creations.
Stoffrausch jacke ming mirava Schwarz, at berlinerklamotten.net
Style: Simple cool and makes even those who think their more glam than street-chic think twice picking up a fall jacket or two…
Jil Sander www.jilsander.com
Style: Okay, she’s really well known but I love, love, love her) Otherwise known as Heidemarie Jilne Sanders Strenesse, her sleek, functional pieces crafted with a minimalist’s eye for detail without sacrificing sensuality. Her Spring 2007 RTW fall collection challenges the any notion that Germans prefer drab over fab.
Anja Gockel www.anja-gockel.com
Style: She worked as a designer at Vivienne Westwoodâ€”what more do I need to say? Born in Mainz, she brings her global style to shops from Berlin to Qatar. Again, as far from SNL’s Dieter-like dancing as you can getâ€¦
Sabine Schumacher www.sabine-schumacher.com
Style: I’m waiting to see what Dusseldorf’s avant garde design daughter will do nextâ€”her first show, PrÃªt-a-Porter in Paris in 2002 was ab fab and she was given the â€?new faces awardâ€? of â€?bunteâ€? magazine. But just so you know what’s coming…
Susanne Bommer www.susannebommer.com
Style: Tailored and timeless, Munich’s Bonner clearly values the craft and art of stitching and sewing. Finery without the fuss.
Rene Lazard www.rene-lezard.com
Style: Cheeky and classic? You got it. This Berlin-based designer’s pieces are as perfect for your sister just starting her freshman year at Parson’s as they are for a 9-5 daytime diva.
Style: Art school-cool for men and women. This is where to turn when you need sexy knickers and chunky knits. Perfect for layering and lounging.
Diana Quack www.dianaquack.de
Style: Modern silhouettes using draped jersey and cotton fabrics are perfect for the sophisticate who still likes to flirt…
Talbot Runhof www.talbotrunhof.com
Style: This Hamburg designer is a red carpet guru for Bai Ling, Anna Loos and Sonja Kraus but also has a monochromatic spring collection that smart and sexy: think a modern spin on 80s Italian chic.
Unrath & Strano www.unrath-strano.com
Style: Their provocative collection at PrÃªt Ã Porter was the perfect combination of future/fetish/fantasy and feminine.
Style: Street chic, versatile bags. The concept: Change the flap of the bag in no time: simply zip on a new one. Two bag flaps are included in the price of each bag, and of course you can order separate flaps at any time. Come in 10 colors and 8 sizes. Each bag handmade from tearproof polyester fabric.
Uli Hernzer We love Project Runway’s Uli Herzer! www.uliherzner.com
Style: Easy, breezy Miami Beach glam
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