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In the spirit of Berlin, .HBC Couture Design Scouts hosted a collection of cutting edge designers at the 7th Berlin Fashion Week. All eight designers showcased fresh and vibrant color palettes demonstrated through historical references and drawing diverse inspirations. Newcomers Blame, Manuela Baumgartner, Mogo E Mago and Mikenke satisfied the crowds’s desire to see designs that captured the avant-garde and urban nature of cosmopolitan Berlin. Perhaps an amalgamation of all these qualities was Address, who presented an elegant yet edgy collection with a refined, strong silhouette: combining silk and bold criss crossed cut-outs juxtaposed against simple, classic male looks and i-just-rolled-out-of-bed-yet-still-look-amazing makeup. Another stand-out collection was that of Ester Perbrandt. Her play between drape and construct was truly exquisite and the mix of corals and orange really screamed summer.
And the overall synopsis? Cropped pants are here to stay, simplicity is key in summer and this present economic climate can still facilitate new designers that answer demands for quality, longevity, and most importantly innovative, good design.
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Raw attitude seduced the audience at the Risto pre-collection show on Saturday. The edgy garments pounding down the runway made it hard to believe that Bimbiloski once designed uber-luxury looks for Louis Vuitton. Brazen bike shorts were paired with mesh knits in cream and black, interspersed by angular blazer dresses and shredded white denim donned with gritty poise. Slick brown snakeskin lined black leggings and paneled minis and crop-tops were all the rage. We are definitely looking forward to seeing his full collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week New York in September!
– Maria Eilersen