Peel your eyes away from the runways at Paris Couture Week for a minute, and appreciate this: Six lesser-known—but still brilliant—labels hitting the Berlin runways. That’s right: Berlin Fashion Week is happening now, and while probably not on your immediate fashion radar, it is bringing the best of German fashion to the country’s capital, with both mens and womenswear designers debuting Spring/Summer ’16 offerings.
We’re just two days into the schedule and already there are standouts—there’s something for the haute hippie, plenty of cool options for the denim fan, and two designers that are nailing androgyny in a way that feels infinitely wearable. Ahead, six Berlin-based fashion brands and why you need to know them, stat.
Guido Maria Kretschmer Spring Summer 2016 mixed soft metallics with off-white shades, horizontal stripes and lashing of sheer fabric. The result? An overwhelmingly elegent collection of cocktail dresses, office outfits, and everyday separates. Photo: Getty
Guido Maria Kretschmer Spring Summer 2016 Photo: Getty
Vektor Spring Summer 2016 saw designers Kristina Puljan and Martin Eichler deliver denim in cool new ways. There were distressed denim culottes, chambray crop tops with frayed hems, jackets, vests, and more. The label designs for guys as well as girls, and always has a strong focus on wearable (but never boring) street fashion. Photo: Getty
Vektor Spring Summer 2016 Photo: Getty
Esther Perbandt Spring Summer 2016 might have strictly stuck to black and white, but there was still plenty to see on this runway. Perbandt's known for her distinct androgynous vibe, but this collection had plenty of feminine elements, thanks to the soft sheer panels on shirting and voluminous, princess-like silhouettes on dresses. Photo: Getty
Esther Perbandt Spring Summer 2016 Photo: Getty
Dimitri Spring Summer 2016 is one for the modern haute hippie. If you're the kind of fashion girl who loves a little suede, but wouldn't be caught in a flower crown, this collection's for you. Photo: Getty
Dimitri Spring Summer 2016 Photo: Getty
Barre Noire Spring Summer 2016 is one of the most wearable collections to debut on the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin runway so far this season, with horizontal stripes, floral shirting, and bohemian elements strong throughout the line. Designer Timm Süßbrich founded the brand in 2009 and celebrated his runway debut with a menswear show in January 2014. Photo: Getty
Barre Noire Spring Summer 2016 Photo: Getty
Sopopular Spring Summer 2016 brought some buzz to Berlin with the casting of actor RJ Mitte of Breaking Bad in the runway show. As for the clothes, menswear designer Daniel Blechman dabbled in androgyny while sticking to a black, white, and olive color scheme.
Sopopular Spring Summer 2016 Photo: Getty