Mario Testino at Kulturforum

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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
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Darklands 4.0

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Photos: Larisa Cataño

Darklands is without a doubt one of the most striking spots for avant-garde fashion in Europe. The Canadian Campbell McDougall established it in 2008 as a nomadic concept store, mainly for men’s fashion. The 4.0 version is now located in the Heidestrasse complex surrounded by contemporary art galleries and Baustellen. The spectacular hangar's white walls are the perfect background for the mostly black clothes that are displayed in a way that they look more like pieces of a huge art installation. Following his particular fashion aesthetic, Campbell's curatorial selection includes cutting-edge labels such as Rick Owens, Carol Christian Poell, MA+, Ann Demeulemeester and Sruil Recht. Darklands presents also fashion-meets-art events, like yesterday's vernissage Space of Boris Bidjan Saberi. The designer showed a monumental sculptural installation with music by Ben Frost. It was a fascinating art, music and fashion evening that gathered Berlin’s most creative bohemian crowd. If you want to experience Darklands, check out the directions on their webpage – it is challenging to find, but absolutely worth it. 

 Heidestraße 46–52, Building 7,
 D-10557 Berlin, Mon–Sat 12–7 pm

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Don’t Shoot the Messengers

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Photos: Maxime Ballesteros

The Berlin based Canadian designer Jen Gilpin is the creative mind behind Don’t Shoot the Messengers DSTM. We couldn't agree with Jen more, when she describes her fashion as elegant, sexy and rough. The label's seductive aesthetic is defined by black and nude as predominant colors. Also by the contrast of the silk delicacy and leather toughness, which harmonize masterfully through the sculptural cuts and structures. The DSTM line of body wear and accessories has reached a cult status quickly. Her leather harnesses, transparent bodies and tights show a hint of fetish but stay wearable and elegant. The mutual inspiration between DSTM and Berlin’s creative bohemian scene is genuinely exposed through the lens of Gilpin's husband Maxime Ballesteros. The creative collaboration with the French photographer not only completes the label's concept but also produces great artworks. Don't miss meeting Jen Gilpin this Saturday, when the DSTM SS/14 Cocktail Sale is taking place at her studio and boutique.

 Torstraße 161, D-10119 Berlin-Mitte
Mon–Wed 12–7:00 pm, Thu–Sat 1–8:00 pm

Esther Perbandt

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Collage: Larisa Cataño

Esther Perbandt is one of the most interesting and authentic avant-garde fashion designers in our city. In January she celebrated her label's 10th anniversary at Volksbühne, where she put a memorable fashion meets art show to present her AW 14 collection. For the first time the theater institution opened its doors to a fashion show. Esther Perbandt not only creates fashion but also lives it. Trends are constantly changing, still the Berlin born designer stays true to her own philosophy and style. Her androgynous designs are fancy, yet wearable. High quality materials, sober colors and deconstructed cuts are put together. The stunning final pieces are casual as well as elegant, tough as well as soft. We also love her trendy bags and accessoires collection. Located in Mitte district the Esther Perbandt Store & Studio has an arty atmosphere that follows the label's esthetics. Take a look around and get a piece of avant-garde fashion design made in Berlin.

Esther Perbandt Store & Studio,
 Almstadtstrasse 3, D-10119 Berlin-Mitte, Mon–Fri 12–7:00 pm, Sat 12–6:00 pm

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€

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 1000 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 WOMEN, Mulackstrasse 8, D-10119 Berlin, Mon-Sat 12 pm-7 pm
Claudia Skoda MEN, Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse 16, D-10178 Berlin, Mon-Sat 12 pm-7 pm

Juno Strickstuecke

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Do you love cosy, individual knitwear from best materials including alpaca, cashmere, cotton, kid mohair, merino and rayon? Julica Norouzi aka Juno has become a knitting expert on her analog Knittax machine from the Fifties and transforms the finest yarns into elegant and simple dresses, tops and scarves. Since October 2012 she designs and produces 100 percent handmade pieces in her atelier and showroom in Wilmersdorf. Stop by the shop to browse through ready-to-wear collections or discuss your ideas with the extremely nice designer and she will do it in the next 14 days for a reasonable price. Alternatively you can shop online.

Juno Strickstuecke, Emser Strasse 42, D-10719 Berlin, Thu and Fri 11 am-7 pm or by appointment

Kaviar Gauche and Kaviar Gauche Vintage

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: In the tiny Vintage store on Brunnenstrasse you can get dresses, bags and boots from past seasons or sample items up to 60% off.

Kaviar Gauche, Linienstrasse 44, D-10119 Berlin, Mon-Sat 12am-7pm
Kaviar Gauche Vintage, Brunnenstrasse 6, D-10117 Berlin, Mon-Sat 12am-6pm


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
LNFA Concept Store, Bikini Berlin, 1st floorBudapester Str. 44, D-10787 Berlin
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Photo: Mykita

Looking for 100 percent handmade glasses in Berlin? 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, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 6, D-10115 Berlin, Mon-Fri 11am-8pm; Sat 12-6pm