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Berlin Fashion Week AW13/14: day two

It’s the second day of Berlin Fashion Week autumn/winter 2013/14 and we’ve been following it every step of the way through up-to-the-minute catwalk photos, backstage previews and first-hand impressions from the front row as next season’s collections make their debuts. Here’s what happened on day two

Sally Ashley-Cound,

8.30am: Time to get ready for the second day of Berlin Fashion Week. It was going to be quite difficult to beat the first day’s events, but Anja Gockel, Frida Weyer, Holy Ghost, Lala Berlin and the other designers on the schedule would try.

The official Mercedes-Benz account tweeted: ‘Good morning Berlin! At #MBFWB the runway now belongs to Anja Gockel. We wish you a fashionable day in town!’

10am: Dorothee Schumacher was still in preparations for her show which looks as if it’s going to be a great way to start the morning on Thursday.

Dorothee Schumacher tweeted: ‘Day 2 of #MBFWB and we are on our 3rd day of casting...exciting...’

10.04am: Anja Gockel’s autumn/winter 2013/14 collection walked the runway to the soundtrack of Keep Control Plus by Sono. Multihued prints resembling digital watercolours gave the collection, which will be stocked at Claudia Tiefenbach in Berlin, a focus for bright block-coloured pieces. The neckline was key for many of the designs in this very wearable collection, with knitted jackets and blouses that were structured yet flattering.

Designer Alexandra Crawford tweeted: ‘Let the first show begin! @AnjaGockel with her awesome fashion line. #MBFWB @MBFWB’

10.45am: With the majority of shows being in the late afternoon and evening on day two of Berlin Fashion Week there was time in the morning to browse other presentations around the city. Franziska Michael’s futuristic collection contrasted with its wheatsheaf and rose-vine setting inspired by 1980s horror film Children of the Corn. Luxury leather goods brand MCM, which has recently expanded into the UK with a boutique in Harrods, showed its jet-setting heritage as the new season’s luggage was displayed aboard a plane.

11.38am Running fashionably late, Blacky Dress accented the monochrome look for which the house is known with hot pinks, turquoise and watery green patterns in streamlined trousers and knee-length skirts and dresses.

11.50am: Mac cosmetics and Essie nail stylists have been working their magic backstage to get models ready for shows including Minx by Eva Lutz and Anja Gockel.

12.36pm: To celebrate the launch of its new collection Vans gave a brunch (including waffles) for a selection of lucky show-goers.

1.30pm: As soon as we heard that designer Frida Weyer was going to be collaborating with German fine porcelain maker Meissen, we knew we would see something special. Weyer had taken inspiration from some of Meissen’s most delicate and intricate designs to create delicate and fairytale evening gowns, which shimmered and sparkled beneath the lights of the Mercedes-Benz Studio.

Modabot tweeted: ‘dreamy evening gowns #fridaweyer #mbfwb #bfw’

Blogger Priscilla Obermeier tweeted: “Snow Queen... Anna Karenina goes Versailles, a fairytale production by Frida Weyer Haute Couture, Autumn/Winter”

2.22pm: Hugo Boss has sorted out its casting for tomorrow evening’s show, revealing that models Karmen Pedaru, Monika Jagaciak, Dajana Antic, Kasia Struss, Nadja Bender and Hanne Gaby Odiele will be walking for the German brand.

Hugo Boss tweeted: ‘On the #HUGO runway tomorrow - the #girls Karmen Pedaru, @JacMonikaJac, @DajanaAn, Kasia Struss, @HanneGabyOdie & @NadjaBender #MBFW #BFW’

4.30pm With echoes of Hedi Slimane’s most recent collection in Paris, Holy Ghost, which has stores in Munich, Berlin and Hamburg, debuted its autumn/winter 2013/14 collection this afternoon. Silhouettes were elongated, with slimline trouser suits in deep red velvet, while the feminine look of the collection was retained with full-length skirts which flowed as the models walked.

4.34pm: After confirming the name of its models earlier in the day, Hugo Boss had started fittings ready for its show on Thursday. Marc Inbane was also in final preparations for a show the same day, for which it was supplying tanning products, as it went through last-minute reviews at its venue.

5pm: 1913Berlin by Yujia’s new cashmere collection was influenced by stormy coasts of Europe, which inspire wrapping up warmly. Fluorescent block colours on an asymmetric khaki and grey background lent a modern look to the cashmere, a traditional material.

6pm: C’est Tout showed a dark yet feminine autumn/winter 2013/14 collection which was given depth by using black in all materials – leather, wool, velvet, chiffon and feathers – accented with hints of grey and cream.

7pm: Designer Brian Rennie is known as the King of Couture and his collection for Basler did not disappoint. Dresses in gold, black, red and hot pink, made for the red carpet, shimmered down the runway, while brocade trousers and mini-dresses added a younger feel to the collection.

8pm: Hedi Slimane’s recent collection for Saint Laurent had clearly made its mark as its influence was distinctly evident in the Lala Berlin show, one of the last of the day. Designer Leyla Piedayesh made the look her own with a softer silhouette and rich patterns.


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