Berlin Fashion Week in Retrospect
13. July 2012
There was a synthetic thunderroll and blazing spotlights as the first model descended into the vacant, blue-tiled pool at one of this year's Fashion Week's last events. What a finale! The designs presented at Stadtbad Oderberger on Sunday night weren't the work of renowned designers - they were the semester projects of fashion students at HTW.
Over the course of their fourth semester, fashion students at HTW finetuned their designs while organizing their show on the side. Different groups were responsible for finding and renting a location, casting their models and setting up a show plan. Since their school had only been able to afford big shows in intervals of three years, and 2012 wasn't one of them, Anke Schlöder - a designer who teaches cutting and collection design, proposed that students should try to raise money for the show on their own account. "Each one of the 40 students in the fourth semester prefinanced a certain sum in advance that they will be reimbursed for after the show through sponsors and the admission fees," explained Schlöder.
Doppelgänger – the show's motto this year – unified two projects whose thematical focuses couldn't have been more diverse. "Can travel outfits be individual?" asked the first project group and provided a clear answer with their manifold outfits, whose only recurring motifs were the bags and rucksacks carried by the male models.
The second group's designs were a little more experimental and barely suitable for everyday use. Anke Schlöder encouraged her students to find their creative identities. The result: Outfits like the one by student Anne Manns: A knee-length, high-fitted pair of pants with a sleeveless top made of elastic neoprene in nude colors combined with crocheted elements on the arms and hands. "My source of inspiration was the inability of plasitc to deteriorate. I wanted to transform the unaesthetical aspect of plastic into something aesthetical."
After weeks of planning, implementing and scrapping already made plans, the audience's positive reactions caused feelings of reassurance and euphoria among the students. "I'm just so relieved!" exclaimed Anne Manns after the show.