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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin SS2016...Verdict

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, Spring/Summer 2016, featured a tremendous field of boutique fashion labels that set high standards in their collections. 

MBFWB Highlighted German as well as international designers, from various backgrounds and walks of life. Being a cradle for creativity and inspiration, Berlin is like a cooking pot for unique fashion recipes. Berlin Fashion Week is a real feast for hungry fashionistas.

The mix does it! From niche to well-established brands, from edgy to elegant, everyone here is well respected and deserves attention. Berlin Fashion Week has matured over the years to a friendly, welcoming and colorful event…and we love that. Organised by a friendly team of IMG Fashion Events and mainly sponsored by Mercedes-BenzMastercard, was another great sponsors, who I thank for the smart gift: A power bank that kept my phone alive to catch great moments. I also appreciated Vilsa spring water and Jules Mumm Sparkling wine for keeping us hydrated throughout the long days and short nights.

Coming to Berlin during Fashion Week is a must for buyers, media and fashionistas as other great fashion trade events like Premium are set during the same week. It is however hard to keep up with the abundance of options. Don’t miss the following events: MBFWB, Premium, Green Showroom, Ethical Fashion, Panorama and Africa fashion Day

This year the list of participants at MBFWB is long and rich in diversity. It includes: ANJA GOCKELAUGUSTIN TEBOUL, BARRE NOIRE PRESENTED BY MASTERCARD, BOBBY KOLADE, BRACHMANN, DIMITRI, DOROTHEE SCHUMACHER, EMRE ERDEMOĞLU, ESTHER PERBANDT, EWA HERZOG, FRANZISKA MICHAEL, GREEN SHOWROOM, GUIDO MARIA KRETSCHMER, I´VR ISABEL VOLLRATH, IMPULS_03 GRADUATE SHOW HTW-BERLIN, IRENE LUFT, IVANMAN, JULIAN ZIGERLI, KILIAN KERNER, LENA HOSCHEK, LOUISE FRIEDLAENDER, MALAIKARAISS, MARC CAIN, MARCEL OSTERTAG, MARINA HOERMANSEDER, MINX BY EVA LUTZ, PEARLY WONG, PERRET SCHAAD, PIROSHKA, REBEKKA RUÉTZ, RIANI, SADAK, SOPOPULAR, STEINROHNER, THE FASHION TALENT AWARD "DESIGNER FOR TOMORROW" BY FASHION ID. THE AWARD SHOW HOSTED BY ZAC POSEN & THE SHOW OF DFT WINNER 2014 MATTEO LAMANDINI, VEKTOR, VONSCHWANENFLÜGELPUPKE, WHITETAIL and WILLIAM FAN along with new additions to the event: ANNELIE SCHUBERT PRESENTED BY MERCEDES-BENZ & ELLE, ALEXANDRA TAMELE, FYODOR GOLAN, HIEN LE, HOLY GHOST, KASEEE, LILLY INGENHOVEN, ONE WOLF, SAMMLER BERLIN and SHAI SHALOM.

On a tight schedule, I have chased the catwalks, designers and after show parties. Gratefully IMG and many of the labels gave me the opportunity to attend amazing shows this season. Follow my blog, MECHOEqualmagazine or my Instagram djaafaraccessories to view my picks of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, Spring/Summer 2016. 


Anja Gockel

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, Spring/Summer 2016

The SS2016 collection from Anja Gockel features lightweight, floating yet feminine designs in a stunning color palette. Unique color combinations of salmon, orange, baby blue, chocolate and eggshell conduce to dainty outfits.

Patterned fabrics are also an important feature of the collection. Multicolored tops are layered with translucent jackets enhancing the feel of lightness. Pants in this collection are particularly elaborated, revealing graceful lines.

For more info, visit: www.anja-gockel.com

Augustin Teboul

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, Spring/Summer 2016

The SS2016 collection from designers Annelie Augustin and Odély Teboul is inspired by a tropical storm. The signature color black remains the core of the brand, however this time with added white embroideries and Swarovski Crystals. Like tattoos, Geometrical forms in symmetrical designs reveal white floral patterns. A small yet exquisite collection presented in Galerie Judin together with twelve black and white photographs shot by Ellen von Unwerth.

For more info visit: www.augustin-teboul.com


DIMITRI & UHLALÁ Beachwear

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, Spring/Summer 2016

Italian designer Dimitrios Panagiotopoulos remains faithful to his philosophy in his SS2016 collection. Feminine lines, colorful outfits, delicate textiles and this time around, unusually edgy designs. The SS2016 collection reveals sexy cuts from the seventies with details such as tassels and handmade vibrant fabrics from India and Morocco. In addition to the DIMITRI ready to wear collection a swimwear range was created in collaboration with Munich based label UHLALÁ beachwear. 

Now available online at www.bydimitri.com and www.uhlalabeachwear.com

Esther Perbandt

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, Spring/Summer 2016

An event as exciting as the collection itself. As a prelude to the show, two opera singers captivated the audience attention. The collection is predominantly set in three ranges: black, eggshell and a combination of both with shades of grey.

Esther Perbandt is an authentic Berlin label with a strong brand philosophy. Androgynous timeless designs with a perfect blend of sex appeal and refined tailoring. Esther Perbandt creates edgy designs that remain wearable, a true talent. Floating outfits in light fabrics and sheers reveal skin with elegance. Meticulous detailing such as Graphite stripes on sheers, open shoulders and weaving technique similar to intrecciato are seen throughout the collection.

The men’s collection sets new standards for those capable to look over the fence. An Esther Perbandt outfit is a must in every fashion conscious men’s wardrobe.

For more info, visit: http://estherperbandt.com

Guido Maria Kretschmer

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, Spring/Summer 2016

The SS2016 collection from German designer Guido Maria Kretschmer

Entitled „Bon Voyage“ is inspired by “wanderlust”: avery strong or irresistible impulse to travel. A subtle color palette of soft pink, eggshell, white, blue, gold and yellow revealed on clean feminine lines evoke a warm summer ocean breeze. Tassels, sparkling pyrite crystals and buttons as well as delicate flower applications are the highlights of this collection. The men’s line reflects smart and elegant slim cuts with a sexy edge.

For more info, visit: www.guidomariakretschmer.de

Julian Zigerli

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, Spring/Summer 2016

Julian Zigerli presented his SS 2016 collection in a public park staging a guerrilla fashion show. Guests were informed about the secret location via text message earlier in the day.Entitled "White Rabbit", the SS 2016 collection found its inspiration during a recent trip to Japan. It plays with strong contrasts that can be found in the Japanese culture. Flirting with the cute and lovely as much as with the dark and twisted.

The prints are the result of collaboration with Seitaro Ito, the illustrator behind “Foxy Illustrations” featuring cheeky and rather sarcastic bunnies, teddy bears and pin-ups. A visual language applied on shades of light blues, greys and darker tones.

For more info, visit: http://www.julianzigerli.com

Lena Hoschek

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, Spring/Summer 2016

Inspired from the landscape and flora in the “Provence”, south of France, the SS 2016 collection features colorful floral patterns on romantic and bohemian-chic dresses. Lena Hoschek based her patterns on vintage fabrics from 1850. With a strong and clear brand philosophy, the designer keeps her promise by creating dainty and charming ensemble that women just adore. Also knows for her great attention to detail, Lena Hoschek collaborated with accessories brands that matched her collection perfectly, creating exquisite summer outfits.

For more info, visit: http://shop.lenahoschek.com

Marc Cain

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, Spring/Summer 2016

Marc Cain SS 2016 collection is entitled “Future Romance” and is inspired by the movie “Picnic at Hanging Rock”. The wonderful show was set in scenery resembling an enchanted forest, where models jumped out of the woods. The collection featured colorful outfits in jungle themes with botanical and fish scale patterns as well as clean light fabrics in white, black and eggshell. The collection focused on romantic looks using laces, crochet, embroideries and pearls.

For more info, visit: http://www.marc-cain.com

Rebekka Ruétz

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, Spring/Summer 2016

The SS2016 collection is entitled Enchanté. Guido Maria Kretschmer brings back to life the golden thirties with the reminiscence of glamorous parties, held in south of France. Crisp brushed tones of baby blue, olive, Silver, black and white are mixed and contrasted throughout the whole collection. A great mix of elegant feminine silhouette and casual looks in loose shapes make this collection suitable for any outing, from a cocktail party to a stroll down the street.

For more info, visit: http://www.rebekkaruetz.com