Berlin Fashion Week: July 6-9, 2011



An Vandevorst and Filip Arickx met in 1987 on their first day of school at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Ten years later, they presented their first collection as A.F. VANDEVORST in Paris.

The current A.F. VANDEVORST line is a complete women’s ready-to-wear line compromised of shoes, bags, and accessories. For Spring/Summer 2012, they present something a little more daring; brought to life with light-weight jerseys printed with stripes in shades of pigmented jade and sienna, soft skin-tones, as well as hues of steel blue and grey. Fabrics drape, wrap and fall across the body with fluidity. Silk inserts add a feminine elegance, while contrasting knotted cotton fringe tassels border hems alluding to the scarves worn in a more arid region, protecting from the sun, as well as blown dust and sands. Accessories continue to improve with boots, sneakers, striped pumps, as well as a summer sandal, alongside a variety of leather belts and cotton canvas bags.


Andrea Karg is a native from Düsseldorf, now resident of Munich, Germany. Andrea spent her student years working as a model while she completed her law degree. In 1993, she left the idea of becoming a lawyer and invested in her passion for fashion, with the launch of a cashmere collection branded Allude. Since its debut in 1993, Allude stands for authentic and luxurious cashmere knitwear. The collections are inspired by art and nature.


Brian Rennie has been the creative director of Basler since March 2011. His motto is: Look like a designer. Feel like a designer. Act like a designer. But keep existing price points. It is the 75th anniversary for Basler under Brian’s direction. The tradition-oriented company, Basler has primarily focussed on attributes such as impeccable fit, quality, and value for money. Brian Rennie has now added his own emotion to this pieces.


Since her study at the college of art Berlin-Weißensee and at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Celia Czerlinski realizes her vision to sketch sculptural and highest-quality objects from the finest leather and noble metal. The accessories have a modern spirit of times and at the same time reflect the finest couture craft. The manufacturers use the highest-quality materials that stand for discreet luxury.


The designer takes his main inspiration from paintings of the 17th century. In this context, the designer deals with the subject ‘death.’ In his collection “VANITAS FLOWERS,” he uses bright, color accented garments. Translucent flower designs are an allegory of vitality and caducity in the same time, which are carried away in masses of silk and chiffon. In his new collectio,n he merges flowing chiffon dresses and classical men suits.


The spring/summer 2012 collection emphasizes old-school elegance with a sexy edge. The designs are as elegant as they are also flirtatious. The line between extreme opposites, such as soft/hard or innocent/corrupt, is what makes DIMITRI so exciting; and reflects the vibrant strength of Italian elegance. Flowing silk chiffon dresses with lingerie details, sculptural corsages, and belts made out of leather straps all play up curves.


Inspired by the self-coined concept of Easy Tailoring, Eva & Bernard’s sophisticated clean chic garments reflect the array of modern feminine silhouettes. Following no specific seasonal trends, a relaxed elegancy which allows much attention to details and refinements, easy to wear styles made in the finest materials and produced in Italy.


Berlin-born designer, Frida Weyer studied at the international fashion school ESMOD in Berlin. She very quickly made a name for herself in the industry, as she was distinguished by the surprising versatility of her collections. The designer has managed to perform a successful balancing act between elaborately tailored high-end fashion and casual ready-to-wear clothing.


German fashion design graduate, Hannes Kettritz launched his own label in February 2011. KETTRITZ designs have a futuristic aesthetic which arises from sophisticated details, drapings, and unconventional patterns.

~ Rachael Zaretsky, Associate Editor


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