Berlin Chic

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She sports a conspicuous tooth gap, doesn’t like walking in high-heels and would thus seem rather unsuitable for an international career on the catwalk: nonetheless Lara Stone is one of the most sought-after models who is attracting many looks this week in Berlin. The 28-year-old blonde beauty from the Netherlands is the face of the tenth Berlin Fashion Week.

From 17 to 22 January 2012 the German capital is once again transforming itself into a major fashion centre and becoming the meeting place for designers from all over the world as well as the international fashion industry. Among others things, the highlights of the Berlin Fashion Week include Bread & Butter, the three-day fashion fair at the former Tempelhof Airport, and the catwalk shows in front of the Brandenburg Gate, where collections for autumn/winter 2012/2013 are being displayed. The programme of events in the tent on the partially closed-off Strasse des 17. Juni lists a total of roughly 40 shows and presentations, including a European premiere: Chinese designer Wang Yutao is introducing his latest creations.

In recent years Berlin has undergone a very positive development as a fashion centre. The number of designers that present collections during the Fashion Week has increased significantly. Attending the Berlin Fashion Week is a must not only for leading German fashion companies like Boss and Strenesse, but also the well-known Berlin fashion designer Michael Michalsky. The 44-year-old designer sees Berlin as the fashion city of the future and says that no other city in Europe has such great creative potential when it comes to designer labels and young designers.

One of today’s up-and-coming young fashion designers has his studio on the edge of the Prenzlauer Berg district: Michael Sontag is leaving his mark on Berlin chic with his airily flowing silk dresses with calm details and soft colours. The 31-year-old designer from Bavaria studied at the Berliner Kunsthochschule Weissensee. Sontag discovered that his simple elegance struck a chord at his first catwalk show: Suzy Menkes, probably the world’s most influential fashion critic, described his collection as “outstanding”.



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