MBFWB AW 2014 Mads Dinesen

With his collection Smoke-clad Warrior Mads Dinesen took a stand on current events like the resistance aigainst the oppression of LGTB individuals and organisations in Russia. And did he make one...
From the second I saw the blood stained press-release I knew I was in for something different than the usual fashion show. The models were heavily hooded and equipped with banners and flags, their boots were smeared with mood while live performer Jullie Hjetland accompanied them with her striking sound.
The mood was rather dramatic and honestly I almost expected someone to throw a rock and start a revolution on the runway.
Have a look at the pictures, I think the choice and processing of fabrics and colors speak for themselves. Only thing left to say: Choose your battles! Fight the fight!


Isabell de Hillerin MBFWB AW 2014

Isabell de Hillerin is known for her elegant and sustainable clothing line since 2009. She works closely with Romanian and Moldavian traditional artisans to receive her handmade materials. This winters collection 'opaque' shows clear outlines of a very feminine silhouette: "Isolated and passive- an unapproachable elegance arises- an individual identity as dark and delicate as shadows play."
On the stage runway the models appear again after the carousel, so you get more time to eye up the collection closely and take pictures that won't be blurry because of movement, wonderful!


Rike Feuerstein MBFWB AW 2014

Rike Feuerstein is one of the few remaining designers that know the art of hat making in Berlin, her label combines old craftsmanship with contemporary trends.
I personally love her style and I could imagine ten different shootings only by looking at her hats. So, on Thursday we migrated to her shop in Mitte to see her first show on the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. As it turned out, we couldn't enter the store, but had to stay outside while the models were walking a small (but warm!) catwalk inside. Despite the patio heater and the hot wine punch we were served, my feet were two ice blocks after only ten minutes.
As soon as the music started, I realized the run was as badly planned as the location; the models didn't know where to walk, to look, or where to put their hands. It seems nobody had instructed them clearly what to do. But still, they looked very cute and the hats were amazing! Luckily, it was a quite small collection and as soon as the models had disappeared in the changing room, we could get inside and warm up a little.
After all this rather chaotic display, I must say, I like what I saw. So for next show a little less improvisation, a little more organization and you got this thing nailed, Rike!


Barre Noire // Fashion Hero Contestant // MBFWB AW 2014

Okay, so I had second row seats for Barre Noire, which I was pretty excited about. I was wondering how Timm Süssbrich had developed since his little appearance at the German Fashion Hero tv-show (which was a big flop by the way) and I was afraid his first show at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week was going to be to commercial and to smooth all in all.
Sadly, I was right. The press release tells you about how grown-up the Berlin brand is now and how the collection represents 'one unexciting night in Sacramento'. Really? Unexciting is the word you are gonna print in the text about your collection? Don't get me wrong I still love Barre Noire, and I understand that designers have to make clothes that are wearable but what about the statement? The unknown and daring? I fear, now that Timm has entered the Runway he is going the same way as Hien Le last year. Acceptable but predictable.
Still, the collection was pretty good, the color scheme of a city sunset was beautifully chosen, the material a mixture of rough felt, wool and fake leather and the coats were fantastically well done. Yes, very grown-up indeed.

This model was filming the audience. Cool idea!

The closing outfit of Barre Noire, gold leopard print.

Oh and for the love of God, please choose better shoes next time! For yourself and the models!