Berlin Film Review: ‘Who You Think I Am’

For a film that hinges entirely on the deceptive nature of appearances, it’s appropriate that “Who You Think I Am” wears a few genre disguises itself en route to a double-edged conclusion. Leading Juliette Binoche’s unhappily divorced academic through the tricks and turns of online catfishing, the film’s premise seems poised at any minute to […]

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“Evening in Paradise,” a book of short stories by Berlin, who died in 2014, has just been published, as well as a fragmentary memoir, “Welcome Home.”
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U2 frontman Bono has been forced to cancel a Berlin gig just four songs in to the show after losing his voice.
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Zalando Making a Product Push at Next Bread&&Butter in Berlin

BERLIN — Product will be moving into the forefront at the next Bread&&Butter in Berlin Aug. 31 to Sept. 2.
At a special B&&B preview here Wednesday, Zalando revealed the B2C festival, now dubbed “The Pop-up of Style and Culture” would be morphing into a real “see-now-buy-now” weekend packed with more than 100 limited-edition drops, exclusive products, collaborations and prelaunches from more than 40 brands. These can be purchased on site during B&&B at Berlin’s Arena as well as online. Also reflecting the push for more: a second ampersand is now officially part of the Bread&&Butter name. It had previously popped up in the event’s abbreviated form, but is now the official event name.
Moreover, Zalando will be launching a year-round shopping hub, breadandbutter.com, at the end of August. The online “destination for style and culture” will feature exclusive product drops and a trend assortment of selected streetwear brands, Zalando said.
Prior to the preview, Carsten Hendrich, vice president of Creative Lab Zalando, told WWD, “When we first started B&&B, we built it up like a market. It was about the shopping experience, but this year we’re moving further” with a heightened focus on product. “We worked very closely with the brands not

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Birkenstock and Berlin Porcelain Maker KPM Join Forces on Limited-Edition Sandal Collection

Strange Bedfellows: On the heels of its most recent collaboration with Rick Owens as well as this year’s assorted Birkenstock Box cooperations with retailers the world over, the footwear maker has tapped a somewhat unlikely royal partner for the latest take on the brand’s iconic Arizona and Gizeh cork footbed sandals: KPM Berlin.
Founded in 1763 and thus 11 years older than Birkenstock, the highly respected Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur provided its Kurland Royal Noir pattern as well as a signature porcelain inset for the limited-edition Birkenstock x KPM. There are four models in all, the Arizona and Gizeh in black-on-black embossed leather, and both models in a black and gold Royal Noir print. Limited to 300 pieces per style, the sandals are available exclusively at Berlin’s leading premium department store KaDeWe through June 9, as well as online at birkenstock.com for 280 euros a pop. For those who’d like to wear their Birkenstocks and have a matching cup of coffee, too, a large-sized KPM Kurland Royal Noir cup and saucer will set one back 1,190 euros.
The special edition was feted Thursday night with a cocktail reception at the third-floor Birkenstock X KPM pop-up shop at KaDeWe, which featured the Birkenstock sandals, items from

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Organizers of Berlin 032c Presents: Reference I Festival Reveal a Few More Details

At a small press conference here late Friday, the powers that be moved to fill in some of the informational gaps behind the new interdisciplinary happening, 032c Presents: Reference I Festival.
As reported April 26, a Gucci and Welt-hosted prelaunch dinner to celebrate the new project left more questions open than answered. At the follow-up session, the festival’s founders, Maria Koch and Thom Bettridge of contemporary culture magazine 032c; Mumi Haiati, ceo of fashion and lifestyle communications agency Reference Studios; art historian and gallerist Robert Grunenberg, and the festival’s special guest and cocurator Hans-Ulrich Obrist, curator of the Serpentine Gallery London, laid down a few more facts. Spanning fashion, design, art and technology in various forms including performances, installations, discussions, and interdisciplinary collaborations of all sorts, the festival will be held for a 24-hour period at Berlin’s most famous club, Berghain.
So far, so good.
Contrary to previous reports linking Reference Berlin I to Berlin Art Week in late September, the festival will be held on one of the last Saturdays in October, the final date to be determined as soon as the club’s owners return from holiday. It might have made sense to link the two events had Art Week and the

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Dior Celebrates Berlin Flagship in Time for Berlin Gallery Weekend

Starring Dior: Dior’s Berlin flagship opened on Kurfürstendamm in January, but who wants to celebrate in the gray of winter? Plus with a Spring/Summer 2018 Dior women’s theme paying homage to Niki de Saint Phalle, as well as the retail space’s assorted artistic touches, what better time for an official store fete than on the eve of Berlin Gallery Weekend Wednesday night?
Outside, a large, silver-mosaic sculpture in the spirit of de Saint Phalle’s iconic “Tarot Garden” set the party’s glistening tone, while inside one found the artist’s jubilant designs on boxlike clutches or embroidered sweaters. Fueled by an endless flow of Ruinart, a DJ set by the striking Melis, and the Dior ready-to-wear and accessories collections for men and women, the official opening party garnered enthusiastic response from local and international customers, assorted guests and the growing cadre of Dior-loving German actors, actresses and artists.
Wearing Dior’s silver mesh gladiator boots and a long black-and-white-dotted crepe-de-chine dress, cut open to reveal matching hot pants, young “Dark” star Lisa Vacari was having her first Dior experience. And it won’t be her last. Nominated for Bunte’s New Faces Award, she’ll be wearing Dior again tonight, and yet again on Friday at the German

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Mystery Still Surrounds New Interdisciplinary Festival: 032c Presents Reference Berlin I

REFERENCING BERLIN: The view from the private Journalists Club on the 19th floor of Axel Springer Haus was spectacular. The dinner’s hosts — Gucci and Welt — clearly top-notch, and the fashion, press and art world guests most eager and curious. Yet when the evening broke up, the outlook regarding the subject of the gathering — the upcoming 032c Presents: Reference I festival — remained as shrouded in mystery as ever.
Of the five W’s, where is the only real known: Berlin’s über club, Berghain. When: fall 2018, reportedly for a 24-hour period coinciding with Berlin Art Week, which runs Sept. 26 to 30. What: “an interdisciplinary festival spanning design, fashion, art and technology.” Who: the festival’s founders, including Maria and Joerg Koch as well as Thom Bettridge of contemporary culture magazine 032c; Mumi Haiati, ceo of fashion and lifestyle communications agency Reference Studios; and art historian and gallerist Robert Grunenberg. Hans-Ulrich Obrist, curator of the Serpentine Gallery London, will cocurate the festival as special guest.
As for the participants, the first unconfirmed names floating around are Gucci, which wouldn’t verify the report but is expected to be on hand with the second chapter of a three-part video, the first to be

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Dior Expands in Germany With First Berlin Flagship

DIOR’S ARTISTIC BERLIN: Dior is growing its retail footprint in Germany with the French fashion house’s first stand-alone store in Berlin. Opening Saturday, the flagship at number 56 on this designer-studded stretch of Kurfürstendamm is marked by assorted artistic features. It provides the latest example of Berlin’s long-standing practice of incorporating art into retail environments.
Fabricated out of repurposed materials, the shop’s metal furniture by designer Stefan Leo, who has contributed to other Dior interiors, creates trompe l’oeil effects. Prague’s graffiti pioneer, Jan Kaláb, provided a softer note with his rounded, abstract LB Bubble artworks, while the Versailles parquet floors in the women’s department recalls Christian Dior’s personal fondness for the 18th century.
The store houses the Dior women’s and men’s collections, jewelry and perfume, and joins Dior German flagships in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich, as well as dedicated spaces in KaDeWe Berlin, Oberpollinger Munich and Breuninger in Stuttgart. The company would not comment on further expansion plans in Europe’s strongest economy.

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Tokio Hotel Launches First Fashion Collection at The Store in Berlin

BERLIN — German pop band Tokio Hotel is getting its look together. At least that was the prime motivation behind the creation of the first Tokio Hotel capsule collection, which launched at The Store in Berlin’s Soho House this week. It also is available on the group’s web shop.
Designed by Tokio’s front man and most out-there fashion aficionado Bill Kaulitz, the 12-piece streetwear range not only works on the band’s very different style types but looks primed for a broader fan base in terms of look. And price.
Geared for men but not gender-specific, the range retails from 16 euros to 198 euros. It is composed of a black “Dream Machine” bomber jacket that reverses to bright yellow; black or red crew neck sweatshirts plus a black hoodie; black and white logo T-shirts; logo socks in yellow or red; a knit scarf, headband, and cap.
Sound basic? Yes, but not quite. The shapes have a clean finish and are oversized for contemporary flair, and then there’s the wordplay, band specific and otherwise. The hoodie’s sleeve, for example, features the lyrics of Tokio Hotel hit “Boy Don’t Cry” written in yellow on the sleeve, while the cap shouts “High as F–k.” The black

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Ready for Reboot as It Officially Winds Down

BERLIN — So now what?
That was the question in the back of most people’s minds as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin wound down its 20th and final edition in its current format here last week.
As previously reported, Mercedes-Benz and its MBFWB production partner IMG are parting ways after 10 years. Mercedes recently became an official partner of the fledgling Fashion Council Germany, which was widely taken as a sign that the automotive giant was ready to forgo its fashion week sponsorship in Germany. However, a spokesman then and now emphatically countered that notion, insisting Mercedes was talking to potential partners “who could do a platform for us. It is important to have a platform here, for we have customers we want to connect to fashion.”
What shape that platform could have remains unclear. He noted “everything can be of interest — a fashion day…a fashion week. We are sorting out every option, but we can’t say more at present.” Whether that new concept could be in place by January is also unsure, “but we are still optimistic that it can work,” the spokesman told WWD.
As for IMG, the focus now is on a consumer-focused fashion event in Berlin, which would involve new timing

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Patron Stella McCartney and Jury Choose Lara Krude as Designer for Tomorrow in Berlin

GIRLS’ CLUB: “Hi Stella. I know you’re there,” chimed a red-capped and former Designer for Tomorrow patron Alber Elbaz in a well-wisher video aired at the 10th edition of the student designer competition held in Berlin last week. Stella McCartney was back for her second turn as Designer for Tomorrow patron for this diamond anniversary, and once again, the designer and jury’s five finalists, culled from 200 European hopefuls, was an all-girls’ lineup. The winner, Lara Krude of Hamburg’s University of Applied Sciences, will have mentoring sessions with McCartney as well as a further round of workshops and internships through Designer for Tomorrow sponsor, the German specialty store chain Peek & Cloppenburg.
Krude’s women’s wear capsule, “Was Bleibt” or “What Remains,” impressed with her take on men’s wear tailoring and ensemble thinking gone awry, combined with a sensitive color sense, fine finishing and individual detailing. Last year’s winner, Edda Gimnes, was also back with her first runway show, her signature hand-drawn prints now full color and generally full flush, but sometimes also just a loosely sketched detail such as pockets or the back yoke on otherwise solid jackets and pants.
“A part of the reason to come back,” McCartney said, “is that beyond

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Berlin Concept Store Retailer Andreas Murkudis Staging Third Auction

PHOTO OP: Berlin’s top concept-shop man and the earlier curator of the city’s Museum of Things, Andreas Murkudis has lately turned auctioneer. To celebrate the relaunch of Andreasmurkudis.com, which will turn into an online shop come September, as well as his playful new logo designed by Norwegian artist Olav Christopher Jenssen, Murkudis delved into his personal archives for a selection of design and fashion related items not usually to be found for sale.
“I don’t particularly like online shops, but then I thought we could do this ironically and sell stuff you couldn’t normally buy,” the retailer explained. Such as fashion show invites like Jean Paul Gaultier’s oversize Adam & Eve fold-out from 1991, or an issue of Comme des Garçons Six magazine from 1990 — rare mementos from a time when only a very limited crowd had access to fashion’s  goings-on. More about sharing than spring cleaning, he said the purpose of the auctions is “to animate old objects with new stories” for a new generation.
Two auctions later, Murkudis is now gearing up for his third, which will start June 16 and end July 9 at 6 p.m. CET. In his view, Auction III is “the most important.” While beautiful books

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Mario Testino Goes Larger Than Life in Berlin

MARIO MAKES IT BIG: Mario Testino’s “Undressed” is the Helmut Newton Foundation’s largest-scale show to date. In this exhibit of 50 published and private photographs of men and women often wearing nothing more than their tattoos, Testino blew up his images to completely fill the walls in three halls of Berlin’s graciously proportioned Museum of Photography.
Looming over 10 feet from the ceiling to the walls’ lower wood moldings, and spanning sometimes 23 feet in width, this site-specific installation conceived exclusively for the Helmut Newton Foundation offers a spectacular yet also intimate view. For as the photographer noted prior to the show’s opening June 2, the enormous size and full bleed from corner to corner means there are no distractions. The viewer is almost compelled to immerse his or herself in the images, turning from “a voyeur into a participant. We’re in a moment when people want to interact with what they see, and not just look. They want to be part of it, so who knows? Maybe people will now go home and take photos of each other like this.”
That means equal undressing rights for all, with full frontals, male and female, to enticing back views, moments of amorous play

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Berlin Film Review: ‘Monsieur Mayonnaise’

Philippe Mora storyboards a personal graphic novel while researching the incredible story of his father’s work for the French Resistance, and his mother’s miraculous escape from the gas chambers.

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IFC Films has bought North American rights to “The Death of Stalin” out of the Berlin Film Festival, Variety has learned. The sale was in the seven figure range. The film is a comic look at how Joseph Stalin’s stroke in 1953 threw the USSR into chaos and inspired a mad power grab among his… Read more »

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Berlin: Tom Tykwer, Beta’s Jan Mojto Unveil ‘Babylon Berlin,’ Germany’s Biggest-Ever TV Series

BERLIN  The makers of Germany’s biggest-budgeted TV series ever unveiled on Wednesday the first trailer for “Babylon Berlin,” an adaptation of the first book in German author Volker Kutscher’s bestselling series about a police inspector in 1920s Berlin. The press conference at Berlin’s legendary but slightly dilapidated Clärchens Ballhaus (which first opened its doors in… Read more »

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Trump Re-ups Berlin Wall

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President Trump announced that he has accepted a bid on a wall that would run along the Mexican border from the German company that built the Berlin Wall for the GDR back in l961. According to aides to President Trump, the Mexicans will still be fronting the money, but the president wanted to make sure that if he was going to get another country to pay that they would be getting the best bang for their buck. Much discussion has gone into the question of what such a wall would be called and after days of deliberation a bipartisan group of both Mexican and American legislators have decided to call it The Trump Wall. Travelers coming either from Mexico to the United States or traveling South from the United States to Mexico will be greeted with large neon signs visible from miles way with the familiar Trump logo, in place of the usual welcome to the United States or Mexico. When Chris Matthews of MSNBC asked President Trump whether choosing the builder of the Berlin Wall would excite comparisons to the Cold War, Mr. Trump reiterated an earlier controversial statement that women who have abortions should receive “some form of punishment.” A White House spokesman commented,
“All along people have told President Trump that this was impossible, this was not gong to happen, but now it’s going up right before our eyes and after the whole thing is finished we’re planning on buying it back for the same 25 bucks that Peter Minuit paid the Indians for Manhattan. We’ll turn the whole thing into a casino. The president is convinced that his wall will make the Great Wall of China look like chump change.”

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Diane von Furstenberg’s Autobiography Goes German in Berlin and Hamburg

BERLIN — Make it three for three: Diane von Furstenburg was on a three-day hop in Germany late last week to present “Die Frau, die ich sein wollte,” the third language version of her autobiography, which is now available in English, Italian and German. Chinese and French translations of “The Woman I Wanted to Be” are planned for the end of 2016. “We still have to sell it to Spain and Japan,” the designer said during a visit to Berlin’s  department store KaDeWe Thursday.
The tour started Wednesday evening with a reading and book signing at the Autorenbuchhandlung, or Author’s Book Shop under the S-Bahn arches of Berlin Savignyplatz. It was packed event, “and I even saw old friends — like Veruschka [von Lehndorff],” von Furstenberg remarked, smiling.
Another friend, David Chipperfield, filled in the Thursday night slot with a dinner for the designer at his Berlin home, and after Friday’s book signing at the new Unger concept store Uzwei in Hamburg, von Furstenberg was having dinner with Jil Sander, “who I haven’t seen in maybe  25 years so I e-mailed her.”
DVF has been part of the Unger assortment since 2002, and while the business started with a modest corner several years

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Lonely Planet Pocket Berlin

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Lonely Planet: The world’s leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet’s Pocket Berlin is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Ponder reunified Germany at the Brandenburg Gate, view the city from Reichstag’s dazzling glass cupola, or catch a live music gig at a riverside beach bar; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the best of Berlin and begin your journey now! Inside Lonely Planet’s Pocket Berlin: Full-colour maps and images throughout Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots Essential info at your fingertips – hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices Honest reviews for all budgets – eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss Free, convenient pull-out Berlin map (included in print version), plus over 20 colour neighbourhood maps User-friendly layout with helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time Covers Reichstag, Unter den Linden, Museum Island, Alexanderplatz, Potsdamer Platz, Scheunenviertel, Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain, Prenzlauer Berg, Kurfurstendamm, and more eBook Features: (Best viewed on tablet devices and smartphones) Downloadable PDF and offline maps prevent roaming and data charges Effortlessly navigate and jump between maps and reviews Add notes to personalize your guidebook experience Seamlessly flip between pages Bookmarks and speedy search capabilities get you to key pages in a flash Embedded links to recommendations’ websites Zoom-in maps and images Inbuilt dictionary for quick referencing The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet’s Pocket Berlin, a colorful, easy-to-use, and handy guide that literally fits in your pocket, provides on-the-go assistance for those seeking only the c

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Berlin, Germany Travel Guide – What To See & Do

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Our illustrated travel guide will take you to Berlin, Germany. Berlin is best known for its historical associations as the German capital, internationalism and tolerance, lively nightlife, its many cafes, clubs, and bars, street art, and numerous museums, palaces, and other sites of historic interest. Berlin’s architecture is quite varied. Although badly damaged in the final years of World War II and broken apart during the Cold War, Berlin has reconstructed itself greatly, especially with the reunification push after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. It is now possible to see representatives of many different historic periods in a short time within the city center, from a few surviving medieval buildings near Alexanderplatz, to the ultramodern glass and steel structures in Potsdamer Platz. Because of its tumultuous history, Berlin remains a city with many distinctive neighborhoods. Finding Internet access when out and about can be problematic so carry your mobile guidebook in the palm of your hand. We include a fully linked Table of Contents and internally to access context-specific information quickly and easily when offline. Many web links are included as well for additional information. Contents: Welcome To Berlin Districts Overview History People Talk Economy Orientation Arrivals By plane By bus By train By car Local Transportation Public transport ticketing By train By underground By tram By bus By bicycle By scooter Sightseeing Highlights Museums Private art galleries Churches Landmarks with observation decks History Zoo Fun Activities Explore Recreation Festivals Parades Theatre, Opera, Concerts, Cinema Theater Opera Cinema Concert Houses Sport Spa Studying Working Shopping Highlights Flea markets Credit Cards Dining Guide Waiters and tipping Restaurants Breakfast Bars, Clubs & Drinking Bars Clubs Accommodation Guide Popular hotel districts include: Communications Safety & Security Prostitution Local Help Embassies Local & Day Trips

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Style Diaries: World Fashion from Berlin to Tokyo

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Used – The most exciting innovations in fashion are happening off the runway and recorded in the online diaries of trend-setters from around the world.The real movers and shakers in the fashion world aren’t sitting in the front rows of runway shows or presenting their collections during fashion week. They are flipping through the racks of vintage stores, plundering their parents’ closets, and scouring eBay for shoes. They are also blogging about their ideas and finds on the web–part of a comple

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Berlin, Potsdam, Oranienburg & Beyond

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The author, a travel journalist, was born and lives in Germany. This guide focuses on Berlin, Germanys capital, its largest city, and perhaps its most interesting destination. It has more than 170 museums, three opera houses, an enormous cultural variety, and gripping modern history. An interesting daytrip is to royal residences in nearby Potsdam. The author provides innumerable tips on special discounts available for travelers (some 20 on train and bus travel alone) and tells how to save on gas (cheapest on Mondays, most expensive on Wednesdays), as well as virtually everything else, with inside information on getting the best hotel rooms at the best prices, the best deals and the best food at restaurants. For every area of the country, full information is supplied on how to get around, the best shopping, the foods and the recommended places to eat, where to stay, from charming guesthouses, hostels and campsites, on up to the most luxurious hotels. Includes town and country walks, cycling, fishing, canoeing & kayaking, Rhine cruises, wine tours, concerts and other cultural events – it’s all here! As a Pocket Adventure Guide, it shows you how to experience everthing the country offers more intensely and directly than most travelers know how to do – seeing the place close-up through adventures, both cultural and physical, including in-depth encounters with the people. Other guides lack our level of detail, our adventure perspective and our emphasis on direct experience of the country. We provide an insider’s knowledge that you won’t find in other guides.

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Vêtements Speaks Volumes in Berlin

BERLIN — Now it its third season, Vêtements prefers to let its clothes speak for themselves — literally. The Paris-based fashion collective, made up of alumni of brands including Margiela and Louis Vuitton, is on a retail launch tour through Europe that features mini speakers on the hangers of each garment which tell a recorded story about the piece’s design, production, or inspiration.
On hand for last week’s launch event at Berlin’s The Store, although he’d largely lost his voice, Vêtements’ Guram Gvasalia provided a few enthusiastic words for the shop, which opened this winter on the ground floor of the city’s Soho House.
“I think these guys are building a new definition of retail, that very is important. And we’re kind of working with a new definition of clothing,” he said.
That definition includes wardrobe classics refracted through a lens of extreme proportions, finished with a sense of humor and off-kilter cool. The design team is headed by Gvasalia ’s brother, Demna.
Due to demand for the brand’s spring 2015 collection, the event in Berlin showed samples of Vêtements’ LVMH Prize shortlisted fall women’s wear line. Guests tried on a sage green gargantuan bomber jacket and an over-oversized black leather jacket that trailed floor-length fringe from

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Levi’s Taps Local Talent for Berlin Store

PERSONAL TOUCH: Levi’s has collaborated with local talents for the first time to celebrate the reopening of its Berlin flagship store on Kurfürstendamm.
For two weeks starting March 30, classics like Trucker Jackets and 501 jeans personalized by young designers Bobby Kolade, Malaikaraiss and Sopopular will be on display in the Levi’s store – Germany’s largest.
Customizing has been part of Levi’s DNA from the outset. The brand’s jeans were personalized by 19th-century miners and Fifties Rockabillies, for instance. But repair and customizing services only entered into the corporate strategy in 2010 with the Levi’s Tailor Shops in European flagships.
The company plans to open such shops in all of its major European stores and intensify collaborations with local designers.
“We want to work more with Berlin talents,” said a Levi’s spokesman. “The city has always been a symbol of freedom and subversion — attributes inherent to our brand.”

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Etro Inaugurates New Berlin Store

MOVING UP: In a mini-move with maximum impact, Etro traded its 12-year-old back-corner digs in Berlin’s tony Quartier 206 for a new two-floor, approximately 4,850-square-foot space directly accessing Friedrichstrasse in the same complex.
Reflecting the brand’s most recent in-store design, women’s wear and accessories on the ground floor are showcased in streamlined iron structures set against lacquered gray walls and natural stone flooring, plus a vivid color flash or two. Plaster casts and a marble replica of Torso Gaddi add that typically artistic Etro touch, as do Massimo Listri’s striking architectural photographs leading the way upstairs or the vintage black-and-white Chinese photographs that accent the walls of the men’s department. However, humor is also part of the brand’s DNA, as evidenced in the foodie-fashion spring still life: a tasty meal comprised of spring’s spaghetti-print silk foulard or capelletti pocket square, complete with the proper implements – Etro fork and knife knit ties.
Kean Etro had just eaten — a Michelin-star lunch at Pauli Saal in the former Jewish Girl’s School on Auguststrasse – followed by a few impromptu gallery visits in the same building. He was basking in having a little time off “from not running a company, which in these days is

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Sister Corita Kent Retrospective in Berlin (VIDEO)

Sister Corita (1918-1986) was an artist and an educator who worked in Los Angeles and Boston. Her artwork, with its messages of love and peace, was particularly popular during the social upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s. As a pop artist, Corita primarily focused on text and vibrant color, manipulated type and images appropriated from the newly burgeoning consumer culture of her era. Corita created several hundred serigraph designs for posters, book covers, and murals. She designed the 1985 United States Postal Service annual “love” stamp.
The retrospective exhibition Sister Corita: Let The Sun Shine In at Circle Culture Gallery in Berlin (Germany) documents Corita’s practice during over 30 years which she spent in Los Angeles, where she produced a variety of serigraph or screen-printed images.
In this video we attend the opening reception of the exhibition, and the curators Sasha Carrera (Director of the Corita Art Center) and Aaron Rose (film director) provide us with an introduction to the exhibition. The show runs until May 10, 2014.

Corita was born Frances Kent in 1918 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She grew up in Los Angeles and joined the Order of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1936, She graduated from Immaculate Heart College in 1941. In 1946 she returned to Immaculate Heart College to teach art. In 1951, she graduated from the University of Southern California where she received a master’s degree in art history from; In this year she also exhibited her first silkscreen print. Corita’s work is collected worldwide, notably by the The Whitney, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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Berlin Street Style: A Guide to Urban Chic

Berlin Street Style: A Guide to Urban Chic


In “Berlin Street Style,” noted design expert Angelika Taschen defines the unique fashion sense of this hip city. The book showcases the popular “anti-chic” look seen throughout Berlin, offering advice on how to create a simple, casual, and appeal-ingly disheveled appearance with vintage pieces, essential basics, and carefully selected accessories. For travelers to Berlin, the book recommends the city’s top destinations for fashion, beauty, design, and culture. With street-style photography and hand-drawn illustrations, this accessible style guide explores how Berlin women dress and where they find their fashion inspiration, highlighting trendsetting blogs and local labels.

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