– In collaboration with Farfetch –
Some of you might not even know, but this very blog was once filled with photos of people on the street, the phenomenon called street style that was all the rage back in 2010. Hence I’m still often asked what the Berliner Stil is actually about: what is the one thing the style in Berlin comes down to? What’s the item we all have in common? And my one answer is: flats. Like this extraordinary pair of sneakers I’m wearing in this prime example of a 2016 street style photo.
I decided to hit all the nails on the head by combining a true Berlinesque look with a true Berlinesque scenery, that’d also score very high on instagram: Kreuzberg’s Landwehrkanal. Serving casual capital chic in front of a pastoral canal landscape with the occasional willow, if you will.
I seriously find flats to be the one thing quintessential to Berlin; may it be boots, sandals, or oxfords, the heel rarely exceeds 3cm. Ruling the scene is the sneaker, from the very technical running model to the retro version, from the run down everyday shoe to the impeccable special occasion type, everything can be seen on the streets of Berlin, with Mitte and Kreuzberg certainly being the districts with the greatest variety in style and price.
In these pictures, I’m wearing the ultra clean model of Common Projects, a premium-priced sneaker brand founded by former V magazine art director Peter Poopat and brand consultant Flavio Girolami twelve years ago. They’ve ruled the market for minimalistic, retro styles since then. I paired my pistachio colored Achilles model with velcro straps (because I’m lazy) – that I got from Farfetch – with a wide, comfortable kaftan by & Other Stories, the stuff I love for summer because it’s literally the most simple thing to just throw on in the morning and be dressed – no combination-skills necessary! And obviously the biggest sun glasses I could find – namely a collaboration of Odeeh and Lunettes Kollektion. The bag is the Alison bag in sky blue by Rika. Hope you enjoy this look as well as this throwback to earlier Stil in Berlin times.
All photos: Marlen Stahlhuth (www.paperboats.me)