Firstly a big thank you to my friend Rachel King, who is currently in northern Thailand working with the Karen Women’s Organisation. She took these beautiful photos on the yearly KWO day celebrating their culture and heritage. The theme of this year was the traditional clothing of Karen women. They are gathering knowledge about all the various styles of clothes as there are many different groups within the Karen ethnic group and the styles of clothing change. They organised a competition on the day and each woman had to explain where her clothes were from and the meaning of the different colours, patterns, etc. even the seeds sown onto the cloth and the strings hanging from the cloth have meaning to the Karen.
The Karen people are one of Burma’s major ethnic groups, living mostly in the mountainous eastern border region and central delta area. For over 60 years the Karen people of Burma have been resisting political, economic and cultural suppression and human rights abuses by the Burmese military regime. Since the 1970s the Karen people have fled across Burma’s many borders to escape the persecution. The KWO is a community based organisation active in all seven Karen refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border and in Karen districts within Burma working for women’s equality, empowerment and freedom, whilst supporting the Karen community to maintain its culture and identity.
If you are interested to find out more, please have a look on their website here.
Berlin has finally its own fashion guide book, featuring labels, lifestyle, looks and the people behind it. For Saturdays launch party at Lehrter Siebzehn the single pages of the book were pinned to the wall and it was fun spotting the featured person just right in front of it.
Everyone was there: The gorgeous and charming Franzi Mueller, Malaika Raiss, Vladimir Karaleev who was DJing, Kerstin Geffert from Silk Relations, Michael Sontag, Florian Müller from Müller PR & Consulting, Dandy Diary, Anton of Alexx and Anton and of course Julia Stelzner the author of the book published by Prestel.
Marta and Paulo, the duo behind Marques Almeida, have struck again!
From season to season the masters of frayed denim have consistently added new materials to their repertoire. This season they bring panne velvet back to life and the frayed concept has expanded into knitwear and fluffy feathers. Vibrant Yellow suits and sheepskin; a frayed, shiny denim suit with a casual Orange sheepskin throw and bright Red and Orange Satin suits. The masters of denim, just grew into masters of colours, textures and sheepskin with an inspired and directional collection. Congratulations Marta and Paulo!!!
Here some impressions of the ECCO Leather Open Circle Lab at the L.O.C.K area at the Bread&Butter. Originally a trade show to present new casual driven collections, the Open Circle Lab went for a collaborative approach and invited various international creatives to work together with leather technicians and leather designers. A hands on workshop environment where its all about uniting, creating and collaborating to push the boundaries of modern tanning.
During Berlin Fashion week I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely, fun and bubbly Anne Gorke and also seeing her new collection. Being based in Weimar Anne is inspired by Bauhaus design, graphic and linear lines of concrete Grey softened by a lovely pale Pink, yet infused with upbeat 90′s Hip Hop from the speakers, customised Nike trainers and a general fresh and jung beat to The Notorious B.I.G Hypnotize. For the finale a ballon parade and even a dancing Anne on the catwalk. Congratulations Anne Gorke!
I don’t think I ever posted so many looks from one show, but Vladimir Karaleev’s AW14/15 collection is by far the best I have seen in a long while. Not often do we see a collection so beautifully balanced between constructed minimalism and feminine drapery. A lush feast of gorgeous soft wools, constructed yet super soft drapes and an array of beautiful colours and tonal combinations inspiring all senses. Yes I would love to wear it all!
Kilian Kerner’s AW14/15 show ‘When You Know Your Little Prince’ was a dreamy affair in lush shades of Pinks, Burgundy’s and Golden shades. Lustre brocades, cloques and a play with texture, print and embroidery transforming us into a fairytale, while the brilliant German Band Rakede and their live music set made sure we stay in the here and now.