Ariane Stippa founded the blog Primer & Lacquer in 2011 with a focus on telling beauty stories, showing beauty routines and backstage scenes. It has evolved into a beauty, fashion and lifestyle diary, giving readers an insider’s view of Ari’s life as a makeup artist and editorial director. Since giving birth to baby Luca, Ari has had to balance motherhood with life in the fashion fast lane. She shares her experience with us as she navigates the busy schedule of Berlin Fashion week with her little one in tow.
My boyfriend Rainer and I have been working in the fashion industry for years and we both wanted to see our favourite designers’ shows during Berlin Fashion Week this year. When it was just the two of us, it was easy to go out together. But things are a bit different with a child, and there’s a lot more planning and organising to be done. Plus, since none of our potential babysitters were available that week, we had to take Luca with us to the fashion circus a few times so that we could see the things we wanted to see. That was definitely going to add an element of excitement. Although we had brought Luca to a few shows in the past and everything had gone pretty smoothly, she is now much bigger, can walk, talks loudly and has the normal needs of a two-year-old. So we hoped for the best, assumed everything would be fine, and embarked on the adventure that is Fashion Week with a toddler!
In previous seasons, we just put Luca in a carrier, but this time she got to travel in style in her new ride, a CYBEX PRIAM. At 13 kilos, she is getting too heavy to be carried around for very long. Plus, this way she always had her very own seat. What’s more, the pram makes it really easy to change her nappies, and is great if she wants a little nap.
DAY 1 | TUESDAY
My Tuesday got off to an easy start with just a few meetings. A very up-and-coming blogger, Maja Wyh, presented her first capsule collection with online boutique Edited at the Freunde von Freunden Apartment. Maja’s style was instantly recognizable in the five boho-chic pieces, which of course sold out immediately. I snapped up a striped maxidress to channel my inner Brigitte Bardot, and put it on immediately.
Afterwards, I met up with journalist Marlene Sörensen, who shared her Fashion Week Diary with you in January. This autumn will see the launch of her fashion book, which will feature yours truly. She had a few questions for me, which we discussed over a coffee.
In the afternoon, Rainer and I embarked on our first outing with Luca. Kenzo and Givenchy had chosen a gorgeous spot on the River Havel to present their autumn beauty collection. We decided to travel by taxi. Of course the PRIAM had to come too, and we were relieved to see how easy it was to fold it up – it was so compact and fitted easily into the boot.
Luca spotted the glittering water and the Dom Perignon houseboat while we were still in the car. The anticipation and excitement were at least as intense as the desire to stay in this peaceful location for longer.
We caught the shuttle back to the city and headed to Haubentaucher, where Cover PR and Olympus PEN were hosting a giant SummerSplash party. The weather at that stage was beautiful and spirits were high. A brilliant way to end the day. Luca had fun playing in the sand and enjoyed an ice cream while we sipped Champagne with some friends.
And then the skies opened. We got comfortable under a giant umbrella – until it threatened to fly off. As the summer rain kept pouring down, everyone rushed for more reliable shelter under awnings and in doorways. Luckily for Luca, she had her own little hideaway: the CYBEX PRIAM. She was the only one who made it home dry!
DAY 2 | WEDNESDAY
Hien Le is one of our highlights of Fashion Week and we were looking forward to seeing our first show of Day 2. Under sunny skies, Rainer and I cycled to the Kronprinzenpalais, where Hien was showing his tennis-inspired summer designs against a hip-hop soundtrack mixed by DJ Kim Kong. There were no large prints this year and the collection was all the better for it. Enthusiasm for the new Hien registered loud and clear in the audience.
After that we had to hurry to make it on time for William Fan’s presentation, which was at the MeCollectors Room stage. The catwalk was a sea of bright green palm trees and provided the perfect backdrop for some great pieces. But being the beauty maven that I am, the fantastic styling was what really got me going. The models wore low ponytails looped around a large jade ring and secured at the nape.
I then headed off to Kaufhaus Jandorf to check out the various installations by designers from the Zalando portfolio. Jewellery designer Ina Beissner is a good friend and has her studio right next door, so I popped in for a quick coffee.
Back in Kreuzberg, I picked up Luca from daycare with the pram. After a quick stop at the playground we jumped on the U-Bahn and headed for the marquee at the Brandenburg Gate, where we waited for Rainer. More and more labels have been showing off-site this year, so it was my first visit to the marquee. Luca thought all the hustle and bustle was pretty exciting, but clearly had much more fun in the nearby Tiergarten Park, running around and pushing her pram along the paths.
The most emotional event of Fashion Week was probably the retrospective for fashion designer Dietrich Emter in the Kronprinzenpalais. Actor Julia Malik, who was a close friend of the late designer, hosted the intimate event. Amidst soft piano music, some of his truly beautiful designs from different seasons were presented on models and mannequins. The show also featured a room full of the corresponding patterns, which were slowly scattered by fans creating a gentle breeze.