Ariane Stippa from the fashion and lifestyle blog Primer & Lacquer navigates Berlin Fashion Week 2015 – together with her 2-year-old daugther Luca in tow. This is part 2 of her journey…
DAY 3 | THURSDAY
Thursday got off to an easy start for both of us. Luca was, as always, at daycare from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. I spent the morning captivated by Annelie Schubert’s show. Annelie is this year’s Hyères winner and a fashion design graduate of the Berlin Weissensee School of Art. Her draped designs use all manner of materials – neoprene, tweed, jersey and wool – and are simply brilliant. It’s clear to see why the star-studded jury, which included Carine Roitfeld, Caroline de Maigret and Virginie Viard (Chanel), picked her for the top prize in the South of France.
Rainer and I then met up to see Bobby Kolade. The show took place in the Sophiensälen, a location with a huge amount of charm. This is thanks mainly to the mix of exposed steel structures under crumbling stucco, paint flaking off like leaves from the walls and ceiling, and close proximity to the action on the runway.
A soundscape of electronic beats filled the room as the models strode along narrow paths covered in glittering confetti, creating a firework display of colours, materials and details that came together to form a magnificent whole as the show went on. Each design was colourful, striking and playful. Whether and how you could wear most of them on an average day is another question, and the answer would surely require some time and a careful touch. In any case, as a creative force in the German fashion scene, Bobby Kolade is worth his weight in gold. As a side note, the models’ hair looked amazing: oversized cornrows woven with bright ribbons ended in loose, feathery strands of crimped hair that swayed back and forth with each step.
I then headed backstage at MALAIKARAISS. The plan was to meet up with Rainer and Luca at her show. Thanks to our dear friend Søren and his energetic help, Dad, daughter and pram made it up the stairs of the Palais am Festungsgraben. Luca stayed in her pram and enjoyed the show from there – whenever she could tear herself away from her tub of ice cream, which (luckily for us) she received right at the start. That meant we could watch the show in peace. Powdery tones, flowing fabric and summery lightness with a serious 70’s vibe had me wishing that it was already summer next year. It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Malaika’s work.
From there, I headed to my next backstage appointment at Perret Schaad. Unfortunately, I was going to miss his show that evening, as I had been invited to the Lala Berlin show and dinner, but Rainer and Luca will attend instead. The Lala Berlin show was held on the terrace of the Kronprinzenpalais. Some of the female guests, including me, were wearing dresses or other light attire that left us shivering as we waited for Christiane Arp and a few other important guests. They had been held up at the DfT show and were over half an hour late in arriving. Fortunately, Leyla and her team had thought of everything to ensure the post-show dinner could go ahead as planned despite the autumnal temperatures.
Each place setting included a gold emergency blanket. We quickly opened them and draped them across our shoulders and laps. This added a new twist to front-row styling, but the mood was exuberant and the oriental-inspired three-course meal proved a resounding success.
After Malaika’s show, Rainer and Luca slowly made their way to the Perret Schaad location. On the way, they got the chance to try out one of the PRIAM’s best features: the seat, which seems unusually high, is actually the perfect height for a restaurant table and instantly eliminates the need for a separate highchair. Brilliant!
There was a bit of a wait before the Perret Schaad show began, but the PRIAM came to the rescue again. Its adjustable handle can be lowered to the perfect height for a child. Luca was in her element pushing the pram around the fantastic location – a giant paddling pool that had been drained especially for the show that evening. This provided Rainer with his own diversion: preventing potential collisions with the other guests! The collection itself was a celebration of summer (which had unfortunately made itself scarce that evening). Sailor stripes and pastel blues, greens and powder tones were rounded out with flashes of fuchsia and elegantly flowing and relaxed silhouettes. If the weather had played along, the show could have turned into a mini-break at the fashion circus.
Despite it being late and the end of an eventful day, our journey home was hassle free. The Lux Seat kept Luca completely sheltered from the wind, so she was fast asleep by the time we got home and carried her upstairs to the flat. This is becoming more of a challenge now that she weighs 13 kg, but the easily removable seat makes it manageable.
After so many hours outside, it was time to get warm. I met up with my girlfriends and we rounded off the evening in Crackers and then the Grill. As we all know, spontaneous evenings are the most fun, and I have to admit that I had a bit of a problem getting out of bed the next morning. Luckily I have Rainer, who got up with Luca and let me get some more sleep until it was time to head out for the last day of Fashion Week.+
DAY 4 | FRIDAY
On the morning of the last day of MBFWB, I had an appointment with my favourite colourist, Andreas Kurkowitz. I had been looking forward to it all week. Supplied with delicious food from Parker Bowles, I sank back in the chair and relaxed. As I unwound, I was treated to a head massage, blow-dry and new nail colour. There is no better way to start a Friday.
Afterwards Rainer and I met up at the Marina Hoermanseder show. Judging by (among other things) the crowd of people waiting, it was clear that she has now become one of the absolute highlights of Berlin Fashion Week.
The show was in the beautiful garden at the Kronprinzenpalais. The runway spilled over the wide stairs leading down from the palace. It looked amazing! Unfortunately, we cut it so fine that we had to be content with standing. Note to self: always be early for off-site shows!
The collection, however, was stunning. It opened with the type of showpiece that Marina has become known for: a bell-shaped skirt crafted from stiff, nude-coloured leather covered with countless leather flowers in light green, nude and lilac, and paired with a top in a soft apricot tone. The piece remained on display at the top of the staircase throughout the entire show. It was followed by looks in medium blue and pale grey, giving us the full colour palette of the collection. From highly wearable go-to styles to sculptural showpieces, a superbly cohesive collection appeared before our eyes, with each piece bearing Marina’s unique and masterful signature. Bravo!
And that was it for us.
We picked up our daughter from daycare and bid farewell to fashion week with the perfect contrast to all the glitz and glam: a family birthday celebration with Kaffee und Kuchen, Germany’s answer to afternoon tea. Now all that’s left to do is gather together the wealth of material, photos and impressions from the past week and write up some articles. See you next season!