Berlin Fashion Week might be overrated and expectations might be too great. It will take decates until Berlin is for Germany what Paris is for France. Nevertheless, being a german-born girl I don't want to miss to write about german designers as well. I discovered two young german labels I really like, especially for the accessories.
The first one is called "Kaviargauche" founded by Alexandra Fischer-Roehler and Johanna Kühl who both graduated from ESMOD Berlin. Their lamella forms which recur in the design of their bags as well as their clothes are a fix component of their summer 2008 collection. In a time where it is all about "IT label bags" an innovative design combined with high-quality material is a joyful relief. Their bag sizes vary which means they can be used day or night (I know...but I am still no fan of carrying tote bags during a night out) I wish they would start designing moneybags. Mine completely drilled down this morning.
Collections are being distributed via dealers all over Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, UK, USA, Japan and Korea. Please have a look at their website for further details.
In Paris an outfit without a scarf is nearly unimaginable. I am no fan of wearing scarfs during summer but I changed my mind when I spotted the ones designed by Lala Berlin. Lala Berlin was founded in 2003 by former MTV editor Leyla Piedayesh who is called "Lala" by her friends (so far to the explanation of the name). Everything Leyla produces is made exclusively out of the finest materials like cashmere, silk and merino. "I always try to get top quality yarns", she says. You might come to the conclusion that Lala Berlin is more a "winter label" as it is orginally famous for its knitwear. Forget about that because "when it gets cool on summer evenings, gossamery cashmere or silk knitwear is perfect. It is gentle, permeable to air and provides the warmth you need" Leyla explains. Again, it is not only about the material but also innovative prints. I would wear her scarfes exactly as presented in the lookbook with a clasic white top or imagine the Yves Klein blue one with a black tuxedo blazer. It would make definitely an investment piece which would make a lot of my summer outfits.