Any Berliner worth their passport will tell you that their native city takes many other things more seriously (72-hour stretches of clubbing, for example) than fashion. This notion is mostly upheld, if only from a practical point-of-view—the girls wear flats, and the boys never wear plaid. But, with each edition of Berlin Fashion Week, it appears that the city has become a little more comfortable with its power on the runway. Still relatively-new in its 14th season, the Berlin tents have become a breeding ground for a cool, calm, and, above all else, considerate style ideology, edging out other Mercedes Benz-run weeks (except New York, duh), as a top contender for international glory.
The first round of Fall 2014 shows welcomed 50 designers from across Northern Europe, and, even more exciting were the 11 debuts alone, from a young newcomer who received orders from Lady Gaga, like, five minutes ago, and a Russian sartorial empress-in-the-making who has already dressed Naomi Campbell. The potential for breakout success is palatable, with well-heeled Anglos like Georgia May Jagger and Elizabeth Hurley spotted front row. And while all these street style blogs like to portray Berlin as the city of dark, unapologetic black and slouchy fits (which, fine, it is), there’s also an emerging, beautiful trend toward elegance and opulence to be found that is anti-Berlin indeed, but echoes back to Germany’s golden Enlightenment era—you know, pre-1914. Here’s 10 of our favourite moments and designer picks from Berlin Fashion Week’s Fall 2014 shows.
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