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Berlin spring/summer 2011 top collections

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Berlin spring/summer 2011 (7-10 July 2010) gathers top German fashion brands and designers to showcase their most recent collections.

Mongrels In Common is a young label founded in 2006 by designers Livia Ximénez-Carrillo and Christine Pluess who met at Esmod School of Design in Berlin. The brand's name is inspired by their both multicultural backgrounds. Mongrels In Common’s spring/summer 2011 collection displays a calm color palette of blue, beige, cream, yellow and pastel floral prints; soft fabrics cut into relaxed tailoring with pleat details; a focus on the waist that creates the ideal hourglass shape.

Mongrels In Common spring/summer 2011Mongrels In Common spring/summer 2011

Karstadt New Generation Award: Berlin spring 2009

Berlin Fashion Week also hosted the third edition of the Karstadt New Generation Award competition, honoring the best of the up-and-coming German designers.

For the spring-summer 2009 edition, the first of the nominees is design duo Boessert/Schorn, who presented a collection of layered, intricate, oversized women's clothing that mixes sportswear with handcrafting techniques.

Berlin Fashion Week (I): Minimalism and Futurism

From pure lines and simple shapes to flamboyant styles, Berlin proved to be, during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, a strong candidate for the title of 'ultimate fashion capital'.

Berlin Fashion Week started on Thursday, July 17 with a presentation of the HUGO collection for Spring/Summer 2009 that struck a minimalist note. Belgian designer Bruno Pieters presented his second collection for the well-known German brand.

Hugo spring 2009

Independent Fashion: Style Server

I'm amazed at how many and wonderful fashion labels can be accessed through the internet. I'm glad I stumbled upon this online shop StyleServer that promotes independent designers, maybe you've been aware of it longer than I was, and, under its patronage (or maybe is the other way round) this great fashion and art blog: Bored&Beautiful. The shop is based in Berlin and it sells independent international labels, among which Adddress became my new favorite.



Karstadt New Generation Award at Berlin Fashion Week

One of the main events held at Berlin Fashion Week was the conferring of Karstadt New Generation Award. Four young Berlin based labels: Pulver, Mongrels In Common, Miroike and QED presented their collections to a large audience together with established designers.

The Karstadt New Generation Award went to QED, a menswear label established in 2006, which will have the opportunity to design an exclusive collection for the notorious retailer. I will focus, though, on the other nominees who brought out fresh, modern women's wear designs.

Mongrels in Common was founded in May 2006 by two Esmod Berlin graduates: Livia Ximénez-Carrillo and Christine Pluess. Designing both menswear and women's wear, they put a strong emphasize on high-quality fabrics and manufacturing. They work mainly with premium wool and two-fold cotton, finest silk, nappa leather and denim, the result being an exclusive, elegant look which is very hip as well.

Mongrels In Common Fall 2008

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Fall/Winter 2008

The Berlin Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2008 housed over 60 events that took place from January 25th to February 3rd, among which the Mercedes-Benz fashion shows held at Postbahnhof.

While the fashion shows didn't lack well-known labels I have to say that I was more impressed by students' presentations. The Weissensee School of Art and Design, first time guest at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, send down on the runway 10 collections with 100 outfits brilliantly designed by its students and recent graduates.

The Weissensee School of Art and Design at Berlin Fashion Week

The Weissensee School of Art and Design at Berlin Fashion Week