Berlin Fashion Week is always one to look forward to for the fleeting taste of the avant-garde it has to offer. It could be said that the Spring/Summer 2013 collections shown this past week were toned down. Designers across the board played against the natural silhouette of the body for sleek ready-to-wear looks, many of which could have walked right off of the runway into the everyday bustle.
That is not to say that Berlin was lacking in creativity. The face and the head were integral in many shows, such as with the Lena Hoschek models' skull-like face paint and flower headpieces that evoked a Mexican Day of the Dead celebration.
There was a tension between color and neutrals: bold hues are often a defining characteristic of the spring season, but many designers chose to forgo the trait completely. Those who did incorporate color opted for solid hues for instant impact.
Bright prints were scarce and were in many cases shoved into the background in favor of subtle, shapely details crafted to enhance tailored silhouettes.
|Laurèl S/S 2013|
|Lena Hoschek S/S 2013|
|Anja Gockel S/S 2013|
|Frida Weyer S/S 2013|
Berlin Fashion Week receives much less attention than other contenders like New York and Paris, most likely because the majority of the names presenting are unfamiliar to us.
Yet Berlin, like many other cities that are rarely the focus in the eyes of industry insiders, holds a promising population of emerging talent that will in all likelihood help to form the next generation of fashion influencers.
Photos and videos from the Berlin Fashion Week shows can be found online right here.
Let me know if you have any favorites or suspicions about Berlin's next big design star(s).