Style and sustainability can go hand in hand. This was clearly evident at the latest edition of Berlin Fashion Week, which took place in January 2023.Carefully handcrafted products, strong research in materials, upcycled vintage or stock dead fabrics and garments reinvented in new styles dominated the Berlin catwalks and will set a trend for F/W 2023/2024.
The SPIN OFF has selected some of the most interesting creations that can make a difference for the fashion of the future.
LML Studio's modern craftsmanship
A former student at London's Central Saint Martins College, Lucas Meyer-Leclère was hired by Karl Lagerfeld to design fabrics for Chanel. As head of textile accessories at Jimmy Choo, the French-born designer split his time between London and Milan before launching his own label, LML Studio, in Berlin in 2018.
Damur Huang, a Taiwanese designer who studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and La Cambre-Mode in Brussels, launched his own label Damur in Berlin Kreuzberg in 2015. He has also worked for Alexander McQueen and Tim Van Steenberg. Today, he combines his skills, Asian pop culture and Berlin lifestyle in his high-end streetwear brand.
Esther Perbandt founded her fashion and jewelry label in Berlin in 2004. The designer herself describes her looks as genderless, simply characterized by a strong sense of individuality. "Black is colorful" is not just a slogan for Esther Perbandt, but a central design element, as she has been designing exclusively black collections for more than ten years, as this color, interpreted through multiple layers, represents infinity for her.
Dennis Chuene founded his eponymous label in 2008. The South African-born designer has a special focus on sustainability, working almost exclusively with recycled and upcycled materials. All his looks are handmade in his Berlin studio.
This designer duo works out of their studio in Berlin. Each of their looks, be it caftans, coats or robes, is created from carefully selected, colorful and unusually patterned vintage fabrics that are given a second life through special upcycling techniques.