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Mario Testino at Kulturforum

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Copyright © Mario Testino

Does anyone look more gorgeous, or regal, or sexy, or subversive, or luminous, than when captured by Mario? asked Anna Wintour, editor in chief of the US Vogue Magazin once. We don't think so. The Peruvian photographer Mario Testino is known worldwide for his portraits of some of the most famous faces - from the British Royal Family to Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Madonna. He also shot campaigns for the likes of Burberry, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Versace. We made it to his exhibition In Your Face at Kulturforum today and yes – it is amazing. Although we already knew a lot of his work and you have seen most of it before, the show presents the full range of his photographic work – 125 images in impressive huge formats. Testino was involved with the selection and layout of the works, juxtaposing formal portraits with private snapshots, nudes with fashion, and black and white with colour. In Your Face, for me, represents the most free way of expression, says Testino. As an image-maker people always want to put you in a box. I believe we are made of many different aspects and not always are we allowed to let all these different aspects show, let alone to live next to each other as they do in this exhibition. This particular hanging style for these photographic works allows all of these different aspects of my curiosity to have a conversation; they not only exist on their own but trigger a reaction when being next to each other. Bring some time with you, when you go there to enjoy his awesome pictures which will always shine like diamonds of humor, sexyness and loads of human warmth. Thank you, Supermario.

Mario Testino: In Your Face, Kulturforum, Matthäikirchplatz, D-10785 Berlin, until 26 July 2015
Preorder tickets at www.smb.museum

The Wardrobe

Flyer: Platoon Kunsthalle

The Wardrobe is a well curated line-up of Berlin's top fashionistas and vintage collectors ready to offer you exclusive bargains on their private selection of stylish clothes and accessories. The partner for the 19th edition is Month of Performance Art - Berlin! Their artists will sell private clothes/costumes and surprise us with a special performance, accompanied by the music of Dasha Redkina and Shepherd, delicious food by Barker's British Bites and visuals by Roxana Vazquez. Find the sellers lineup and more specials on Facebook.

Platoon Kunsthalle, Schönhauser Allee 9, D-10119 Berlin, Sat 10th of May 6pm-midnight, entrance 1€
www.facebook.com/events

Claudia Skoda

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Photo: Claudia Skoda Store, Mulackstrasse

Claudia Skoda came to fashion in the mid 70ties when she began knitting avant-garde pieces for friends. Together they rented and renovated a factory floor in Berlin-Kreuzberg. Fabrikneu, as the 650m² loft was called, was an open house, where all kind of artist, filmmakers and musicians lived and worked together. One of them was the celebrated artist Martin Kippenberger, who came to Berlin in 1976. He installed the floor of the catwalk, made of about 1,000 photos taken in the commune, on which the Skoda fashion show was held in 1977. This was the start of the legendary Skoda shows, she sets in scene with friends. Among them were David Bowie and Iggy Pop, who were often visiting Fabrikneu as well. In 1981, she opened her first store in New York until she returned to her hometown in 1987. The distinctive style of her body-hugging, chic knitted dresses made of fine, gauzy yarn made her one of the most influential and best known knitting designers the world. And everything is still handmade and modern, this is why we and Hollywood stars like Cate Blanchett, Milla Jovovich and Ridley Scott shop at Skoda’s.

Claudia Skoda, Mulackstr. 8, D-10119 Berlin-Mitte, Mon-Sat 12 pm-7 pm
www.claudiaskoda.com

Kaviar Gauche

Photo: Kaviar Gauche

Kaviar Gauche is one of our favorite Berlin labels. The designers, Alexandra Fischer-Roehler and Johanna Köhl graduated in fashion design before founding their ready-to-wear and accessories label in 2005. The line’s signature fuses dynamic cuts and patchwork with fluid feminine accents first realised in the Lamella bag. Celebrated for an effortlessly chic aesthetic the label enjoys also prominent fans including actress Heike Makatsch and singer Florence Welch from Florence + the Machine. Our tipp: If you want to be dressed as ono of the most feminine and coolest brides on the planet, just sneka in with your mum or best girlfriend at the Kaviar Gauche Bridal Concept Store in Linienstrasse 44 and make your deams of a not only white wedding come through.  

Kaviar Gauche, Torstr. 56, D-10119 Berlin-Mitte 
Kaviar Gauche Bridal Concept Store Berlin, Linienstr. 44, D-10119 Berlin-Mitte
Opening hours Tue-Sat 12pm–7pm
www.kaviargauche.com

RAU BERLIN

Flyer: RAU Berlin

Our designer friend Martina Rau founded her label RAU BERLIN in 2004 with the experiences made through her work at Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood.  She designs and produces exquisite clothes for urban women under the maxim Clarity and being different regarding the design. Rau’s fashion is known for extraordinary cuts and the mixture of several materials in one garment – her creations are elegant, simple and very wearable. RAU BERLIN presents fashion for a confident woman, who isn’t interested to be upstaged by her clothes, but who calls attention to quality and special details. While Rau mostly keeps her creations monochrome, for her collections she likes picking one key colour standing out from the rest. Check out our all time favorite – the cool and sexy leather pants, that more and more Berlin women wear like a second skin. Also you can find her collection at the new concept mall Bikin Berlin. Happy 10th anniversary.

RAU BERLIN, Gormannstraße 7, D-10119 Berlin, Mon-Sat 12-7pm and by appointment www.f-rau.com
LNFA Concept Store, Bikini Berlin, 1st floorBudapester Str. 44, D-10787 Berlin www.bikiniberlin.de
Our readers get 10% discount, please order your voucher > here.

Mykita

Photo: Mykita

 Looking for 100 percent handmade glasses in Berlin? Founded in Berlin in 2003, the first Mykita premises were settled in a former children's day care called Kita in German. This insired not only the name My Kita, but also the culture of curiosity and play. In 2014 Mykita settled into a historic building in the heart of Berlin-Kreuzerg. Heades by founde Moritz Krüger the team at Mykita Haus is a mix of people with diverse cultural backgrounds and individual talents who guide the glasses through every stage. In the meantime the great Mykita eyewear collections have won a variety of design awards all over the world. The stylish glasses were not only worn by Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City 2 – Beyoncé, Björk, Beth Ditto, Elton John, Lady Gaga, Lenny Kravitz, Yoko Ono, Daniel Craig and many more celebrities are seen with them too. If you want to be part of the incrowd or just love good design and handcraft, Mykita is always the right store.

Mykita, Ritterstr. 9, D-10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg,
Opening hours Mon-Fri 11am-8pm; Sat 12-6pm
www.mykita.com

Perlensäue

Flyer: Larisa Cataño

We don't want to throw pearls before swine. The styling queens and fashion designers around Nina Kharytonova give everything into the high quality and sustainability of their elaborate handmade collection. Besides bracelets, collars, necklaces and clutches, our stars of fashion week 2014 are famous for their decorative head chains, harnisses and leather chains which are always alow the owner to play between fashion and fetish. Founded in 2012 Perlensäue just makes every outfit, no matter if elegant wardrobe, grunchy clothes or just clean style, more unique then before.

Find Perlensäue at LEVEL EIGHT,  Torstr. 146, D-10119 Berlin-Mitte
ÉCOLÈ Berlin, Torstr. 3, D-10119 Berlin-Mitte and
QUADRAT shop, Gormannstr. 2, D-10119 Berlin-Mitte
www.facebook.com/perlensaeue
www.etsy.com/de/shop/PERLENSAEUE
Appointments perlensaeue@gmail.com