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Benu Berlin – Make Love not Fashion SS15

“Make Love Not Fashion” is the spring/summer 2015 collection by Karen Jessen, Anna Bach and Luis C. Zuniga from eco-brand Benu Berlin and that it has been nominated for the BUNTE New Faces Award FASHION 2014.
The designers re-use old military uniforms that converge in flowing forms; single linear leather pieces manifest themselves in vivid structures.
“With “Make Love Not Fashion” we get back to the origin of the term “fashion”: The art of craftsmanship.”
Benu Berlin started as a Diploma collection, where they recycled old jeans into couture garments proposing a second life to the garments with their concept “street couture”. They transformed streetwear clothes into couture garments with handcraft techniques such as macramé.
This first rtw collection will be presented as a start of the CPD Fashion Days, on the 25th of July, during the award ceremony at the Schraubenfabrik, Düsseldorf.

Benu Berlin-“8 Acts of Rebellion”

Decomposing  350 T-shirts, 60 Jeans and 4 leather sofas, the young German brand Benu Berlin has created an interesting eco friendly collection, transforming old and ordinary materials “into expressive textures to demonstrate respect for their production and sources they are made of”. The most produced garments in the world such as t-shirts and jeans, are also the most thrown away. So the question is: is there a way to turn this cycle around? Anna Bach and Karen Jessen propose with their concept “street couture” to “upcycle” the garments and extend the lives of streetwear clothes by transforming them into couture garments with handcraft techniques such as macramé.

For the designers it’s very important to build a community around this idea “We do not create behind closed doors, we represent transparency and interactive design. As we just started two months ago we are now looking for a space for our “living showroom” where everybody is welcome to develop ideas with us, to see their old clothes transform or just have a nice talk.” commented to me Anna Bach. An inspiring concept and great starting point to make our wardrobe more sustainable.
Here is the video of their show at the Berlin Fashion Week last week.


RealityStudio SS13 “Souvenir”

The German brand RealityStudio by Svenja Specht presents a fresh spring/summer collection with oversized garments, relaxed shapes and soft colours. Called “Souvenir”, is inspired by travels to the beautiful Portugal. Traditional Portuguese embroideries and lace are incorporated into the clean, Asian inspired cuts. This laid-back style is also well represented by its shoe design, made with traditional material cork and leather.

Love this concept: “For Specht to make clothing means to take these aspects and provide a home for bodies which have to adapt in a day, a month, a year, a life to our ever changing conditions and circumstances. Therefore the shapes of the resulting garments are often open to changes and adaptions.” Because the only constant is change…

More about the brand

Clemens en August 2012

The always classy, minimal and elegant garments of Clements & August will be on tour (as you may recall, they don’t have stores but sell in pop-up events in museums and galleries) in the following cities and dates (hopefully they remember us in Spain next time!). There will be special prices for those who attend to the event.

Las siempre clásicas, minimalistas y elegantes prendas de Clements & August estarán de gira (como recordareís, no tienen tiendas, sino que venden en eventos especiales en museos y galerías) en las siguientes ciudades (con suerte se acordarán de nosotros en España la próxima vez!) Habrá precios especiales para aquellos que concurran al evento.

Clemens en August 2011

clemens_en_august 2011 You know I am a big fan of this brand. Classy, minimal and elegant, I’d literally live in their clothes. Clements & August is in the middle of their Autumn tour (as you may recall, they don’t have stores but sell in pop-up events in museums and galleries). Today they are in Rotterdam and here is the schedule for the rest of the month:

Sabeís que me encanta esta marca. Clásicos, minimales y elegantes, creo que literalmente viviría en sus prendas. Clements & August está actualmente en el meridiano de su tour de otoño (y es que continúan con la tradición de vender sólo en acciones determinadas en museos y galerías, un marketing de guerrilla que tiene ya varios años). Hoy están en Rotterdam y aquí está el calendario para el resto del mes:

clemens en august


Rotterdam – Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Witte de Withstraat 50, Tue.11 Oct.
Vienna – Leopold Museum, MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, Thu.13 – Sat.15 Oct.
Amsterdam – White Space, M.J. Kosterstraat 18, Fri.14 – Sun.16 Oct.
Berlin – Schinkel Pavillon, Oberwallstrasse 1, Thu.20 – Sun.23 Oct.
Hamburg – WESTWERK. Admiralitätstrasse 74, Thu.20 – Sat.22 Oct.
Frankfurt – Frank Landau / selected design objects & fine Art, Hohenstaufenstrasse 13-27, Thu.27 – Fri.28 Oct.
London – Hauser & Wirth, 23 Savile Row, Thu.27 – Sat.29 Oct.
opening time 11 am – 8 pm

clemens en august hombre

Ardentees: Hallo Deutschland

The t-shirt has become a kind of canvas where fashion and art often meets. Ardentees collaborates with international artists to showcase their artwork on a „wearable canvase“. ARDT brings to us the fusion of fashion and art serving a fundamental purpose of advocating artists and the arts.
Shop them online here or visit their exhibitions in Germany. The vernissage is today in Stuttgart at TheFlashgib.

La camiseta se ha convertido en una especie de “lienzo”, donde muchas vez el arte y la moda se encuentran. Ardentees colabora con artistas internacionales para mostrar su arte en “lienzos ponibles”. El resultado, camisetas únicas, que fusionan arte y moda. Se pueden comprar en su página en Facebook, o en eventos como la expo que inaugura hoy en Stuttgart.

Rundholz SS11

Rundholz is a German brand that looks interesting as an option to dress uniquely no matter your age or size. On the one hand it’s style has this Japanese heritage and on the other this rough feeling more in tune with the old west Germany buildings. I like how they work for diverse body types as we can see in the cast of their shows (the models are all different). I also made a selection of some pictures they have on their website made in Moscow, really personal and inspiring. Check their website to see more about them.

Rundholz es una marca alemana que vale la pena seguir como opción para vestirse de una forma mas personal, sin importar tu talla o edad. Por una lado, tiene un estilo que hereda bastante del diseño japonés, y por el otro tiene un aire que tiene mas que ver con los edificios de la antigua Alemania del este. Me gusta que trabajan para un tipo de cuerpo mas diverso, como podemos ver en el tipo de modelos que eligen para sus shows (todas las modelos son bastantes diferentes entre sí). También hice una selección de algunas fotos que tienen en su site hechas en Moscú, muy personales e inspiradoras. Aquí su página para ver más sobre ellos.

tack I.!


Allude Cashmere SS11

Is there a more beautiful material than cashmere? Not for me! I love the fine touch and the yarn’s versatility —Andrea Karg

Andrea Karg, a law graduate and former model is the managing director and designer of the cashmere brand based in München Allude . Since 1993 Karg creates fantastic cashmere separates and pieces mixing knit fabrics with leather or silk. I like the body conscious approach of the collection, as she explains in this video: “I wanted to make more feminine shapes, more sexy ones and in exciting colours.” Cashmere is a high quality natural fiber, that creates long-lasting garments, which makes the collection sustainable.

Hay algún material mas bello que el cashmere? No para mí! Adoro el tacto suave y la versatilidad de la trama —Andrea Karg

Andrea Karg (abogada y ex modelo) diseña y dirige la marca con base en Munich Allude. Desde 1993 Karg es una apasionada del cashmere, creando conjuntos de piezas y prendas mezclando punto con cuero o seda. Me gusta su estilo femenino que pone énfasis en el cuerpo femenino. Como ella misma dice: “Quería hacer formas mas femeninas, mas sexy y en colores excitantes”. El cashmere es una fibra natural de alta calidad, que crea prendas que duran mucho tiempo, lo que hace esta colección una opción sostenible.

DYSFASHIONAL: Michael Sontag “Schminktisch” 2009

Michael Sontag-"Schminktish" (2009) -Photo El Fashionista
Michael Sontag-"Schminktish" (2009) -Photo El Fashionista

Dysfashional es una exposición que habla de la disfuncionalidad de la moda, y que intenta, con los trabajos de diseñadores de la talla de Hussein Chalayan, Raf Simons o Antonio Marras, investigar los horizontes detrás del significado literal de la moda, como un conjunto de productos comerciales.

Ví esta exposición el día siguiente de la grabación de los videos y la reunión de maquillaje. Quizás sea por eso, que de todas las instalaciones, la de Michael Sontag fué la que mas me atrajo. (Quizás también, porque a mi alma infantil le encantan las instalaciones interactivas).

En la foto, la instalación. Un tocador, con perfumes. Los botones cambiaban la luz y la música. La idea detrás, es reflexionar sobre la vanidad de las imágenes, el observarse y despertar los sentidos. Creo que la instalación, incluso cuando no revolucionaria, dice mucho de un momento actual de cierto doriangreyismo.

Aquí algunas fotos de su primera colección en la Berlin Fashion Week, julio 2009. Él ha trabajado para Kenzo, Givenchy y c.neeon.

Michael Sontag SS10-Mercedes Fashion Week
Michael Sontag SS10-Mercedes Fashion Week

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Dysfashional is an exhibition that speaks of the “dysfunctionality”of fashion. With the work of designers like Hussein Chalayan, Raf Simons or Antonio Marras, investigate the the horizons behind literal meaning  of fashion, as a set of commercial products.

I saw this exhibition the day after recording the videos and the make up party. Maybe that’s why, among the installation, Michael Sontag‘s was the one that most attracted me. (Also maybe because my childish soul loves interactive installations).

The picture above shows the installation. A dressing-table with perfums. The buttons change the light and music. The idea behind is to reflect on the vanity of the images, the observed on-self, and awaken the senses. I think the installation, even not revolutionary, says much of an actual moment of true “doriangreyismo”.

I added some pictures of his first collection at Berlin Fashion Week, last July 2009. He has worked for Kenzo, Givenchy and c.neeon.

Lo quiero!!
Lo quiero!!

PARIS, PASSAGE DU DESIR- 30th October – 29th November 2009

BERLIN, HAUS DER KULTUREN DER WELT-18th June – 18th July 2010