Author: Mary Scherpe

Looking for: Berlin’s Best Burger

After finding Berlin’s Best Bread past December, ideas were spinning in our heads how to continue Berlin’s Best. Naturally, we’re taking up a bigger than life challenge and will attempt to find Berlin’s Best Burger this year. And by saying “we”, I actually mean you. Instead of assembling a high-class foodie jury to judge on the softness of buns or crispness of patties, I hand over the decision to a public vote. Which means you can be a judge in this.

Fashion in Berlin: Vladimir Karaleev Winter 2014

Fashion Week is long over, but the pieces of Vladimir Karaleev’s new collection still spin in my head and I get a little scared thinking of the length of my want-list… Yet again, he managed to give me goosebumps and made my heart beat faster while the models presented the clothing to the sound of an instrumental Lorde piece. I’m not sure how, but he managed to make the most rusty fabrics look elegant, to give loosely drapes and open seams a finesse. And then when he does sexy, so subtle yet so intriguing – like the final dress, a black velvet number with a front view as unobtrusive, as the surprisingly exciting open back.  I’m a fan, always have been, always will. Best thing by the way, you can buy Vladi’s clothes online in his webshop.

Thomas Bentz and Oliver Lührs of Achtland

Fashion in Berlin: Behind the scenes of Achtland

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin is in full swing this week, which means dozens of runway shows are held throughout the city – models walking the newest creations of German designers is mostly a mere 15mins enjoyment for the audience, but, however, a week-long, if not months-long pursuit for the designers presenting. It’s not only about creating an original yet consistent collection that will appeal to journalists looking for the newest trends and buyers looking for pieces that are actually wearable, but finding an interesting venue, casting the best models, styling convincing looks, designing an attractive setting, playing the most fitting music and having the best light etc. Most of the times, the looks are only finally defined minutes before the show starts. I joined the very promising young duo of Oliver Lührs and Thomas Bentz and their label Achtland for a short while during the preparations for their runway show presenting the new winter collection for 2014/15: