During the season there comes a time when the most favorite word, MID SEASON SALE, modifies in a variety of incantations like Sample Sale Designer Sale. And since we normally are impatiently waiting for the season to end so we can shop our favorite pieces with a 50 % or even 70% off, mustering all the energy we accumulated over Christmas due to tons of chocolate and ginger bread to be ready to burst into the shops on the 28th of December. Well dear readers, you can have a much smoother way of it and I do not mean this tiny winy 10% Mid Season Something. You want to know the magic words? I chant the spell and it sounds like a seductive melody that is whispering in your ears: S A M P L E -… and … D E S I G N E R S A L E. Please, dear power of consumption, forbid. (more…)
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Ambition always goes with success. At least at some point. And sometimes success and inspiration will eventually need more space to be able to act out its actual spirit. This may pertain– a hundred percent or more – to Fillipa Knutsson and Patrik Kihlborg, both founders of Filippa K, one of the most popular and successful Swedish clothing brands. In order to celebrate 20 years of ambition, success and over all the maintenance of the labels sophistication and class Filippa K opened a new flagship store on Kurfürstendamm in Berlin, one of the most exclusive shopping locations. The flagship store is already the third store in Berlin, bringing this special Swedish-minimalistic luminousness to the capital, this time on two floors. And because 20 years Filippa K is such an achievement an adequate host was needed. And who could cast this role better than the German Interview Magazine? Right nobody else. (more…)
BERLIN Special: PR Agencies in Berlin are opening their portals so the SS14 collections get to shine bright
When the days are getting colder in Berlin and rain is overtaking Misses Suns magic power it seems that winter depression is getting of the starting blocks. This is the time when people are finding themselves being caught in the middle, whether to be mourning over the last summer days or celebrating autumn as one of the greatest designers ever. Fashion folks are normally not even patient enough to wait until the first of November to show off their new autumn beauties. Coats, hats and scarfs are superseding the past role of ballerinas and light blazerish jackets leading to the fact that during German Press Days you can get the chance to be seeing the collections reviewed during the last press days on actual people while inhaling the upcoming SS14 collections. (more…)
SIMON&ME is the story about someone who finally is courageous enough to counteract this inexorably urge of consumption, when origin or low-price-logics are not even vaguely considered and the epidemic seems to contaminate way too many people. It was SIMON’s conceptualism, his perfect visualization of desires and dreams and courage to finally raise the voice. SIMON&ME is everything but a mass. It is a perfect selection of beautiful things Made in Germany, consciously hand worked and products that do have soul. A BERLIN must for everyone who is ready to give up mass consumption for an utterly subtle selection of basic needs.
I always think that outside observers can never find the right words for such a unique concept. That is why I asked Simon himself: (more…)
The moment of weakness when you are face to face with the object of desire and the higher power seems to take over your sense. Any sense indeed and all you can do is to let it get you. I am regularly experiencing such occurrence when facing the immenseness that is created by Sabrina Dehoff. The Berlin-based jewelry designer has what it takes to be a design goddess and take over the ostensible main powers such as Tiffany & Co. . Yes I literally mean & Co. and I am asking myself, who will ever need this suspect light turquoise box when you can get Sabrina Dehoff’s designs? Well, contemplating the diamonds vs. gold-plated metal discussion I am out here. However it is fascinating me how exceedingly inventive and exceptionally visionary Sabrina creates her designs, forming a whole character around it and leaving the interpretation to the one wearing it. (more…)
BERLIN Special: The most contrasty collaboration of the year has a name: Converse x Maison Martin Margiela
Avant-garde seems to be having a persistent Renaissance. I am not really sure if it is the constant pursuit of people to create something new or because radicalism has a new allegory. When it comes to fashion avant-garde indeed has a reference with exactly 20 letters: Maison Martin Margiela. Although the designer has Belgian roots the couture house is French. And not only French but also one of the leading designers from the fashion metropolis Paris, arguably influencing what is happening in this fashion universe. (more…)
The aggrieving month after fashion week, when all the glitter and magic is buried in the past, when agencies are closed and fashion editors steadily provide Instagram input from some very nice place far far away, when summer sales adorn the backmost store space with a few very dubious left overs and the waiting for the autumn collections to hit the stores seems unacceptable – then it is time for some grandiosity. (And for those who think I am a pathetic little wretch, I want to add that I do have a life besides of all this fashion-being.) (more…)
The MYKITA house in Berlin is the place where high-quality international presence is created. Since 2003 the Berlin eyewear manufactory develops and creates hand-made glasses and shades. Based on the principle of technical innovation they tend to use and manufacture modern material. All these forgone things finally face the long experience MYKITA has to offer and create an unique variety of exceptional eyewear models. An essential ingredient for their ongoing success is the exceptional business philosophy that always seems to be present, since all of the different areas are working closely together at the MYKITA house. From the principal place of MYKITA in Berlins center every single model is delivered to 56 countries. They recently opened their newest store in NYC (8th store worldwide), another high-class playgorund for the label. (more…)
I was wondering whether I’m too late with this whole post or not but then I remembered the ‘never too late’ cliché, so here it comes: The story started during last Budapest Fashion Week, as in the after party massive EINFACH BERLIN T-s caught my eyes, but you know how it is – the delicious cocktails and fashionable crowd kept me more busy than making an effort in digging deeper what does EINFACH BERLIN stand for. A few months passed by and they were there again; on Facebook, a sudden Press Release in my mailbox about the upcoming Nanushka x EINFACH BERLIN collaboration and a list of a diverse range of cooler than cool events – open-air film screenings, exhibitions, picnics and parties running under their name – that took place last week in Budapest.
To fully fill up my curiosity I managed to steal some words from Levente Trellay one of the core members of the EINFACH BERLIN team:
Reka / SilkSoFine: How did you guys come up with the idea of EINFACH BERLIN?
Levente / EINFACH BERLIN: Let me recall one of our previous interviews…We figured out the whole idea together with some friends from Berlin as both parties were sharing the enthusiasm for a cultural exchange. The birth of those friendships also meant the birth of EINFACH BERLIN. The whole idea is much about seizing the summer so to say, celebrating a cultural niche, openness and not least Budapest as our very own Berlin.
Reka / SilkSoFine: Why Berlin and not London for example?
Levente / EINFACH BERLIN: We’ve been cherishing a much more personal relationship with Berlin than with London from the beginning, two of us also used to live there, we go back quite often…they are more alike.
Reka / SilkSoFine: The mini festival is over, how would you evaluate it?
Levente / EINFACH BERLIN: It much lived up to our expectations, honestly, it had the vibe! Thank to our friends’ support and the ever growing network we are dealing with, the mini festival embraced some art, gastro, music, fashion in collaboration with restaurants, bars and Hungarian designer, Nanushka. It’s been the greatest pleasure to see as these fusions worked out.
Reka / SilkSoFine: Is there going to be an ‘EINFACH BUDAPEST’ movement in Berlin as well?
Levente / EINFACH BERLIN: Yes exactly, our goal is to start the vice versa story in Berlin.
Reka / SilkSoFine: And what about the Nanushka collaboration? I’ve got really excited…
Levente / EINFACH BERLIN: It was Barnabas’ idea to sort of fill in the ‘fashion’ gap during the mini festival, and since we mutually respect each other’s work with Szandra Sandor ( Nanushka), it turned out really good. We needed the photos quite fast though so Barnabas just photographed the pieces on me and her sister at the Nanushka-base.
Reka / SilkSoFine: And my last question would be, what’s the most attractive and special about Berlin for you?
Levente / EINFACH BERLIN: Let’s see…most of all Berlin is very complex, diverse and exciting. The atmosphere suggests openness; it’s very receptive. And last but not least it’s very personal – many thrilling details, cleverly used public spaces that makes it very lovable and livable for someone blessed with constant thirst for the rhythm of Berlin’s vibrant life.
Reka / SilkSoFine: Thank you Levente and we wish you all the very best for the future!
Ich hab mich gefragt, ob ich nicht schon zu spät bin mit diesem Post, aber dann dachte ich an das ‘Es ist niemals zu spät’ Klischee, also los geht’s: Die Geschichte begann während der letzten Budapest Fashion Week, als mir massiv viele EINFACH BERLIN T-s bei der After Party ins Auge fielen, aber ihr wisst ja wie es ist – die leckeren Cocktails und die modische Menge haben mich mehr als genug beschäftigt, als dass ich mir die Mühe gemacht hätte, tiefer zu bohren, wofür EINFACH BERLIN steht. (more…)
I don’t know what about you guys but every time it comes to Berlin, Copenhagen, Stockholm or Barcelona Fashion Weeks I’m keen to catch up with the latest talents who tend to take a different view on the new ‘in-s’. Berlin definitely has a special place in my heart; it’s fresh and young and through a constant progress, the fashion week provides a great vibe of cool and authentic designs just as did again among others Hien Le, Augustin Teboul, the ever rebellious Patrick Mohr or the newcomer Achtland. I’m quite conservative when it comes to relationships, in contrast I do enjoy falling in love with different designers in each season and I guess the latter predicts that I sort of fell in love with Achtland – at first sight.
The designer duo with the creatives: Oliver Lühr and Thomas Bentz behind the label recalled a beautifully pure collection that spoke of perfectly shaped pieces, layered textures and rich embroidery visualising a bird-paradies and Japanese cherry blossoms that draw upon the inspiration of the Prinzhorn Collection (go check out the wonderful art collection mostly drawn by pencil or crayons by patients in psychiatric hospitals at the dawn of the 20th century.) While the collection balanced sophistication with cool, effortless with structured where blue hues and pastels took over, there was also a hint of rough seams, an allure of strong yellows and a story behind. To add some more of an up front touch, Achtland teamed up with no one less than Christian Louboutin for the perfectly matching flat menswear-inspired shoes that contrasted and yet completed the looks perfectly, as well did the John Lennon-like sunnies. If you’re asking me, the Achtland duo have created the most stand-out collection that was both eclectic and coherent and would have also come through in Paris or Milan, thus have assuredly set the new one-to-watch for the press, the tastemakers and not least for us.
Ich weiß nicht, was mit euch ist, aber jedes Mal, wenn es um die Berlin, Kopenhagen, Stockholm oder Barcelona Fashion Weeks geht, bin ich gespannt, mich über die neuesten Talente zu informieren, die oftmals eine andere Sichtweise auf das, was aktuell In ist, haben. (more…)