During Fashion Week, there’s only so much I can do myself – too many shows in too little time, and every season there’s the unpleasant double-date, the two shows I really want to see but sadly are happening at the same time. This time it was Julian Zigerli’s presentation that I missed because I attended Achtland’s (fabulous) runway show. Luckily, Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert, a young photography student at Ostkreuzschule, with high ambitions and even higher talent, visited Zigerli backstage and sent me his analogue snaps, that I am very happy to present here:
Archive: July 2013
When I arrive for the interview, I am all sweaty and hectic because I didn’t find the location right away and didn’t want to make Scott McGehee and David Siegel wait. I am welcomed with a smile and the two tell me to relax. We talk about Tilda Swinton’s holding up a rainbow flag in front of the Kremlin before we go into the politics of independent film distribution and start discussing their latest film What Maisie Knew which stars Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan and the amazing newcomer Onata Aprile.
Whatever Leyla Piedayesh does with her label Lala Berlin, she’s doing it right – always reciting the latest trends (heads with wide brims, pastel prints, sweaters with bold motifs, impressing reds) without appearing to be a copy-cat, she and her team of Lala Girls create looks and pieces that prompt a certain must-have-feel that’s needed to make a label not only creatively, but also commercially successful. Her next summer collection, presented during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin at the former Opernwerkstätten in Mitte, is full of these kind of moments. I felt it with the floor-length trenchcoat in light pink, with the bold summer knits, the light-blue shorts in summer tweed, and last but not least with the oversized kaftan with a giant monstera plant print in bright pink hues. Yes, I can see me spending the short weeks of Berlin summer in this kind of clothing.
Taking pictures of Michael Sontag’s runway presentations is always a pleasure. His dramatic one-spot light hitting the softly flowing silk drapery makes it easy to snap some beautiful shots.
He created a strong look for the coming summer – his silk shirts and dresses are layered over luxurious t-shirts, a style still revoking memories of the 90s, but done in a quasi high-fashion version embellished with crystals. His bold colors of choice were a rich turquoise as well as a very sunny yellow, layered with a modest beige fabric, grey jersey and deep black. See some of my highlights here:
Back in Berlin after one season in Paris, the Berlin based label Kaviar Gauche decided to present their new collection in the fascinating space of St. Agnes, a former church built in the 60s as an icon of German brutalism architecture, in Kreuzberg. The church has recently been acquired to be remodeled as a gallery by Johan König and is now also used as an event space.
The giant main hall of the church was dramatically lit when a selection of pret-a-porter and Kaviar Gauche’s signature bridal wear was presented to the audience. Hence it was no problem, to take some pretty pictures: