The thing with traveling is that sometimes you only realize how badly you needed to leave when you arrive at your destination. If this happens you notice how stuck you've been in your familiar environment and how much your creativity suffered from your everyday routine. When I arrived in Berlin the scales fell from my eyes and I saw how different the approach to fashion is over there. I can't even really explain it but there is something about Berlin Fashion Week that makes you feel at ease because everyone is accepted with their own style, which obviously gives great artistic freedom to the designers as well.The people are more open-minded, too, which makes it so much easier to get in contact with other bloggers. However I must admit that I was already fully busy catching up with girls that I already knew, be it from their blogs or from previous blogger events in Germany and Luxembourg.
With my three-part diary I hope to be able to show you the magic of fashion week and to explain why Germany deserves to be on the radar of every fashionista in Europe.
Ewa Herzog Show
The show of Ewa Herzog was not only my first stop on the first day of my first fashion week, but I also had to go there all alone. When I arrived at the so called fashion week 'tent' I saw street style photographers and celebrity hunters everywhere so I quickly flitted into the waiting location where you could get your hair, nails and makeup done. Obviously I was too nervous to try any of it. When we were left into the runway location I timidly waited at the top of the seat rows as I only had a standing place with my ticket. As there were still seats available when the show began, I decided to sit down like everybody else and so I could enjoy the show from about the 5th row.
As you can see the collection mainly consisted of dreamy lace dresses and flower details. In fact I am so over lace but I found that Ewa Herzog managed to give the cloth a fresh and modern twist which is why I would chose any of her dresses for a wedding or elegant garden party. My absolute favourite was the dress all made of white flowers. I couldn't have wished for a better first show and so this collection left me eager for more German fashion.
pictures by Getty Images via vogue.de
FashionBloggerCafé The Original
Immediately after the show I rushed to the first blogger event where some of my blogger mates were already waiting for me. You probably already know the concept of the FashionBloggerCafé as I've been writing about it many times (for example here and here). Unfortunately I found the event in Berlin less good than the ones I had attended in Düsseldorf, which is why we didn't stay there for long. Nevertheless I didn't regret to go there, not just because of the massive goodie bag and the pair of espadrilles we got, but also because the event allowed me to catch up with old friends and meet the one or the other new blogger, too.
Thomas Hanisch Show
My second show that day was that of designer Thomas Hanisch and I had been particularly looking forward to it as the invitation had announced a Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians inspired collection. Even though I'm not into fur at all, and even though I hardly wear red myself, I knew this collection would turn out as something pretty cool.
But let's start at the beginning: I went to the show with Lisa whom I had met in Düsseldorf a few months ago. Again we only had standing places so while we were looking out for seats that would remain free, an usher came up to us and lead us straight to the front row. Even though it's easy to get a frow seat by accident like this, I felt honored that this happened to me right on my first day at fashion week. The amazing seat didn't only allow me to take these pictures for you, but also included a goodie bag with a handwritten, sealed letter introducing the collection! When it comes to the actual collection I wasn't met with disappointment. The looks were not only inspired by Cruella de Vil but also by the 50s, which in my eyes makes a perfect combination! Suddenly I feel the urge to combine red and white a lot this summer.
Show & Order Shopping Night
Reunited with my girl Imena we got ready for a shopping night at the Show & Order fair. We had already quickly visited the fair the day before when we arrived in Berlin and were completely blown away by the amazing brands we discovered there. Hayley Menzies is one of the brands you should absolutely check out next summer (unless you're vegan). Furthermore I was able to have a look at the current and future collections of the amazing jewellery brand Leaf.
The shopping night itself was quite boring and not really worth the 5€ we had to pay. However it allowed us to see the currently most famous German bloggers Farina and Anni from Novalanalove. Plus we were lucky enough to go home with yet another well filled goodie bag. (Stay tuned on my Facebook page for a giveaway where you can win your own goodie bag!)
That was it for the first part of my Berlin Fashion Week diary. The story will continue on Friday so I hope to see you again soon!