And a drumroll please for the following outfit…Berlin would not be Berlin if we could not find something outlandish and extravagant! And we were so lucky to stumble upon this outfit. With a t-shirt, clearly referencing Givenchy and trousers with a very McQueen feel, this model finished off his outfit with a wonderful pair of glittery trainers. Genius! Our Givenchy T-shirt picture is taken from www.upscalehype.com and you can also replicate this look with a pair of cool jogging pants and perhaps a pair of Adidas original trainers…
What could be more Parisian than a beautiful woman running through the city kitted out in a chic ensemble, care free and elegant? Well, a woman wearing jeans by 75 Faubourg. The creative vision of Laetitia Bosc and Laurence Poggi have resulted in a company focused on bringing more than just a new pair of jeans on to the market. Instead, these two designers have a new concept in store for the fashion hungry: a high tech second skin fabric! Their first collection Spring/Summer 2013 was tremendously successful and we spotted the new series at Premium, Berlin. (the first two pictures were taken at their booth!) Here, the focus was on wonderful shades of burgundy, shimmery coppers and metallic blue to brighten any dull and dreary winter!The pictures following ours are taken from their lookbook for autumn winter 2013/2014. For a list of stores selling their jeans, visit the website at www.75fbg.com
What could be more exotic than the prints coming our way from the African continent? A mere look at the vibrant colours and we are transported to balmy nights under a heavenly starry night and during the day, we are embraced by the sunny climes that have inspired fashion designers from day one. We only need to think back to Yves Saint Laurent’s love affair with Morocco and how Africa always managed to inspire not only his colour palette, but also the billowy evening gowns.
Please take note of the following picture, taken at a booth at Premium Fashion fair. We loved the mix of African and continental Europe: the printed skirt, worn with chunky rings, a mannish blouse, tucked in at the waist and then ultra-white platforms!
While researching African prints, we came across a fantastic blog called African prints in fashion run by blogger Ms K who is based in Brooklyn, New York (having formerly lived in Germany). Our fashion find is definitely this skirt from etsy.com and you can find it under this link: http://www.etsy.com/de/listing/128007982/african-print-skirt?ref=related-2
Picture index: Picture 1: our fashion find at Premium, Berlin
Picture 2: Yves Saint Laurent at the end of a fashion show (courtesy of africanitynow.com)
Picture 3: our skirt of choice from etsy.com
Picture 4: picture of blogger Ms. K (picture taken by whatiwear.com, sourced from Ms. K’s blog)
Colour is not only something girls can enjoy. For the boys, there are wonderful new creations floating around: case in point, the knitwear from Roberto Collina. A wonderful knitwear company, located close to Bologna, with a tradition dating back to the 50’s. With so many companies manufacturing in the far east, this company is proud to admit that its products are made solely in Italy! And ladies, there are wonderful knitted pieces for you too, so for more info, log on to www.robertocollina.com (first two pictures taken at Premium, which features a Roberto Collina sweater, two other photos courtesy of kissuomo.it and are from the current Lookbook for autumn/winter 2013 13/14).
The fabled tale has a prince looking for his princess-to-be with the help of a glass slipper. In 2013, the princess-to-be already has her destiny mapped out and has no need for a slipper, or any help from a manly suitor. She has the bag, the wardrobe and indeed the shoes! Architectural heels are the biggest thing this season…where ballerinas end and platforms begin, here the focus is on creating art for feet…and we stumbled across a wonderful shoe company called United Nude (unitednude.com) where creative director Rem D Koolhaas and founder Galahad Clark, create exceptional shoes for exceptional women. The first picture below was taken at Premium Fashion Fair and the following two are our favourites from the current collection (courtesy of the website, www.unitednude.com).
Yellow is the colour of summer and warmth. Amid the trendsetters at the Berlin Fashion Week, this pixie-like model stood out in the crowd, with an almost-ethereal presence. With short hair, a maxi skirt and a very washed out T-shirt, she was a breath of fresh air amidst all the buyers and fashion scouts. For a similar look, we found a great buy online at Mango.com (pictured below, courtesy of the website, it retails at £19.99/€23). For a more luxe option, Matches.com offers a great pleated version from AR (picture courtesy of the website), selling on Sale for €190.
What could be more appropriate in summer than espadrilles? This fashionista was spotted in the subway in Berlin and we were entranced by the great mix of the expected and unexpected. The unexpected being the studded black leather bag…which was a contrasting accessory to the all-white summer look and vintage glasses. All in all, a great mix of clashing materials. Ladies, if you are looking for a similar bag, Alexander Wang has a great model called Rocco (pictured below, courtesy of net-a-porter.com) retailing at €930.
While the fashion has gone all bright in summer, it was a welcome relief to see that some people at the fashion fairs in berlin remained neutral and focused on super basics. Here we have a classic that has been marvelously updated by Levis. We had to stop and photograph our next model due to the great buckles and the understated black and white graphic dress, which appealed to our love of classic black and white (another key trend for winter, by the way!). Our fashion find online in the denim jeans department has to be the MOTO Stud Western Jacket from Topshop (retailing at £120).The attached photo is courtesy of Topshop.com…but why stop there? Why not try something totally crazy, like this banana-print denim jacket, also from Topshop and retailing at £60? Josephine Baker, eat your heart out!
With more than a mere wink to the wild west, our next model walked across our path at the Premium Fair. With a cleverly embroidered shirt , which was a bit ahead of its time when we see that Topman has a line coming out soon with embroidered shirts. A similar style can be found at Gentlershop.com (photo underneath shows a great style, we adore, here at Dashing George HQ). With horn sunglasses (Triwa has a wonderful pair called Turtle Ernest, which we almost bought at Park Boutique in Weidenstieg 11, Hamburg!), a contrast silk bow-tie and studded lace-ups, our urban cowboy had enough fashion swagger to stop traffic!
At the Premium fashion fair, people love to be noticed, after all, this is an event where the fashion crazy have a moment to truly glow and they max this situation for all it is worth, by rushing through their closets and mixing up outfits to showcase their fashion sense. We were a bit under-dressed for the fair, when you look at the next picture, and thus we were in awe of the great mix of stripes. Black and white is, as always, very Chanel. The dress and matching bag (in alternating stripes…oh, how we love this!) is a clever nod to Marni and Prada as we can see in the attached photo of Claudia Schiffer (taken from source: fashion.telegraph.co.uk , photo from Harper’s Bazaar by Horst Diekgerdes). Her shoes cleverly reference Chanel’s hot must-have platform trainer from the 2013 Cruise Collection (attached photo sourced from thenewwrink.wordpress.com).