Blogger Bazaar Berlin 2014

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Blogger Bazaar in the capital of Germany last Sat was amazing. Berlin  just  got promoted for  'the most friendly  European fashion capital'. There is no doubt that London has a lot more to offer (in terms of fashion opportunities) but there is not much more to  be done  for the young graduates and  beginners in the field of fashion (that includes fashion design , photography , styling ). Despite the fact that the city claims to patronize young newcomers it unfortunately feels like they,fashion VIPS, have already developed their own aesthetics , style and very strict rules . I am not trying to criticize London's fashion scene - it's just having worked in both cities made me settle up my opinion and future plans. London is great , amazing and definitely very fashionable but there is still a lot to add to Berlin's fashion market. My interpretation is that in the Central/Eastern Europe , because of communism and the rules of USSR  , fashion did't really existed until 1989. Or actually existed but never played a strategic role for like 80% of people. Fashion in those countries is still  left in the background but people like us - young fashion graduates , fashion bloggers and designers are here to change it!

I am in love with 'Berlin style'. It's a mixture of hipster , punk , glam with a hint of everything. Blogger Bazaar Station Berlin 2014 was organised for fashion victims not only to shop their fav items but to meet with each other , have some cocktails and simply take more inspiration from one another. The outfits were great , the crew was the nicest and the goodies for the bloggers were  cute and well considered!

My outfit was inspired by the glam rock and two decades - 70's and 80's. The framed Adidas sunnies were very popular in the 80's and the lace is considered to be one of the symbols of the 70's in England(Glam rock and David Bowie).Lace is going to be present on loads of garms and accessories this season. I combined it with a white blazer and red heels to add a hint of sophistication and unfortunately needed to wear the black tights as the beautiful summer I was mumbling about  decided to step up very suddenly last week.

 

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Why wear white in the summer and black in the winter?

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The beautiful summer slowly comes to an end leaving us with the average of 20 degree and the last bits of sun. It's time to start re-arranging the summer wardrobe and replace crop tops with long-sleeve tees , shorts with skinny jeans and so on. The(almost) past season's trends were adorable ! White pieces with a hint of everything - from fruit prints to 90's inspired  oversized garms. They will surely be ready to be used next year but they ,the way I see it, should be put back in the closet for the time period between October and April . Why do we actually wear white in the summer? Well, not because it's the colour of innocence( it actually might have a little bit of an impact on it too). We wear white thanks to the most influential fashion designers  who choose that particular colour every S/S season for a very good reason - it reflects wavelengths of light rather than absorbing them . It not only looks much better in Vogue editorials but ,as it reflects the heat , it also helps to keep the human body cool. Black  ,on the other hand , absorbs the heat keeping us warm in the winter.And the current A/W  black trends are beautiful and sophisticated! The major trend which will be present on all hipster beanies and tees is called 'black is the new black'.

I've got a feeling that this is one of my last white outfits this summer. I chose the white long-sleeve dress and combined it with  black  and white accessories as I wanted to create a very simple look and expose the assymetric hem which was meant to be the main accent. If there is something that will never ever go unfashionable or boring it's the black and white combo. Also- the lack of accessories and simplicity makes the look very girly, delicate and innocent which looks great around the beautiful area of Potsdamm's castle and parks. The capital of Brandenburg is definitely the place to be!

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Fashion Prints 2014

fashio prints and &otherstories top

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There are no rules in the fashion game right now especially when it comes to the fashion prints of 2014. Although I am a fan of the classic look I just love to experiment with the prints and different styles sometimes. Our decade is going to be full of fashion surprises! I mean following trends are  inspired by the 70's , 80's and the 90's all together . It surely must be some sort of a crazy combination with a lot of choices for everyone. Today's outfit , for example, is a mix of romantic/artistic mood , 80's and 90's(Birkenstocks). The top is a beautiful piece from my newly discovered &otherstories shop in a heart of Berlin's Kürfurstendamm Straße. They offer the whole variety of uniqe clothes (fashion prints are beautiful!)and very good quality leather accessories.I felt in love with the peplum top with the cut-out at the centre front . The colour palette of those sketchy flowers is just impressive! I was thinking it would look perfect either with the black skinny jeans and heels or contrasting bottom . I decided on the second option as it definitely gives it an interesting feel and contains of those three leading trends(past decade's fashion). Fashion prints are destined to be combined with each other. As for the foot wear - I used to think Birkenstocks are just another ugly fashion trend (straight from the hospital) that will dissapear after one or two seasons but then I decided to get myself one pair  to try them out. I have to admit- they are not only comfortable but they  also play a strategic role in a lot of outfit combinations too. They became my favourite shoes of S/S14 and, because I got the navy ones, I am planning to be faithful to them for the next couple of seasons.

The beautiful landscape is  Victoria Park in Berlin's Kreuzber which is a borough in the west of the capital. It reminds me of my beloved Camden Town as it has loads of cool cafes , bars , restauratns and  beautiful channels.

Pictures by  my lovely and  talented Rachel Luther

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Wide leg trousers

wide leg trousers 1970's

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It probably won't be a surprise that architecture is the greatest source of inspiration for not only fashion designers but stylists , fashion bloggers and , according to my observations , many other creative fields including photographers , choreographs and make up artists. Taking an inspiration from an architecture does not neccessarily mean very popular (on the Parisian catwalk) skyscraper shapes but the colour palette and mood which is not always that obvious. My favourite places to take an idea from are romantic Catalan alleyways or Lisbon's Alfama but I've found my Himmel here in  Berlin's Friedrichshein, too! It's the oldest public park in Berlin called Volkspark and its beautiful fountain ,Märchenbrunnen -Fountain of fairy tales,that was built between 1905 and 1913.  It doeas remind me of a fairy tale , especially on a day like that!The most beautiful entrance to the park I have probably seen in my life (I'm sorry, my dearest Hyde Park) One of the most romantic places in Berlin for sure. I styled my outfit of the day as romantic and I kept the colour palette of the place. Grey , cappucino and beige with a hint of red . The Marine printed scarf is not the leading trend this year but , the way I see it , it one of the most sophisticated accessories of our times. Wide leg trousers inspired by the 70's are the perfect alternative to long skirts and dresses and are very chic combined with delicate accessories  . They are to be found in Orsay and ZARA from what I've seen in Berlin's shops.

 

Pictures by amazing and talented Rachel Luther

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‘Make Do and Mend’ attitude inspired 1940′s look

zara pleated vintage skirt

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I realised that all of my recent outfits contain of some  white pieces of clothing. It's definitely a good thing since it became this season's most fashionable colour(am I repeating myself?). Today's mood  is inspired by the 1940's in the sophisticated edition. The colour palette is quite uniformy as I remember me wearing the same set of white shirt-navy skirt on my first day of school quite a while ago. It certainly  gives the hint of 'formalness' to my vintage idea .  I was inspired by London's Imperial War Museum  and Second World War 'Make Do and Mend' exhibition(which is probably one of the most interesting places to see in London). I know this is not the most important topic when it comes to the World War 2 theme but many people forget that Londoners tried to live their normal lifes during a bombing raid and fashion was a part of it. Fashion shows were organized , Vogue was published and people were trying to follow trends as usual- only the costs were  limited. Then there was  also 'Make Do and Mend' campaign that dominated fashion scene of England. 'Make Do and Mend' meant that old clothes had to be transformed into new or given away but everything had to be reused or recycled(and that included scarves which were even transformed into parachutes!). People adopted the same trend in 1970's but it was not the government's decision this time - that was the era of subcultures and tie dyeing. People are still inspired by that  particular attitude as there is a lot of clothes swapping events and  upcycling companies are growing fast all around the world.

Just to recap - I am still in Berlin and my second inspiration was the old style cinema in the borough of Schönberg. It is incredible what this city has to offer in terms of hidden places , alleyways , parks and general historical mood.

As for my outfit - I recreated the 1940's silhouette by following vintage rules. Trapeze shoulders - waist - below knee length skirt by using white collared vintage shirt and pleated skirt. I decided to go for delicate  and summery accesories in pastel colours too.

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