My alarm clock went off at 05:30. But it didn’t matter – I couldn’t get to sleep anyway, as I kept waking up thinking that I had already overslept. My suitcase was packed, so I just needed to quickly get myself up and ready before jumping in the car to pick up Isi. Then it was time for us to head to the airport. Surprise, surprise – our flight was delayed! Time for a much needed coffee! Once we got to Berlin, we rushed over to the hotel and then on to the ewerk venue for the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. There we met the team from the Dasding radio station and the five winners of the radio contest we ran on the youth station broadcast by SWR. Those lads and ladies were the lucky winners of an exclusive Fashion Week package. Having already been given the chance to pick out their perfect outfits at OUTLETCITY, it was over to us to take them under our wing for Fashion Week. First, they checked out the colourful men’s collection by “Ivanman”, before we moved on as a group to admire the divine collection from Ewa Herzog. The combinations of lace, ruffles and transparent elements were simply stunning.
But the highlight by far was the backstage tour. I mean, when do you ever get the chance to go behind the scenes at a fashion show? Models all made-up, stylists hard at work and clothes rails everywhere, packed full of collections just waiting to be paraded down the catwalk.
Next, we needed to refuel with a quick snack. A spicy Currywurst sausage in the VIP Lounge really hit the spot! The next port of call for myself and Isi was the VOGUE Salon – a platform where newcomers to the German fashion designer scene are brought together with established labels including the likes of Dorothee Schuhmacher, Perret Schaad, and Malaika Raiss.
After that, we made our way back to the ewerk venue for the RIANI show. And the theme there was revolution. German rapper Bausa kicked off the show, stepping on to the catwalk and warming the audience up good and proper. We were then treated to a diverse range of looks featuring Glen plaid, velvet pencil skirts, splashes of red and eye-catching fake fur pieces in royal blue. By that point, we were all starving and looking forward to finishing the day off with dinner together at Dudu Berlin, which is the hottest place around for sushi and Asian cuisine. It doesn’t get better than that! We went on to a cool bar in the centre of trendy Berlin on the recommendation of the blogging ladies from Blogger Bazaar for another drink or two.
When we looked out of the window first thing that morning, we were met with the sight of huge snowflakes falling in amongst the pouring rain. So the big question was what were we going to wear? Isi went for a brightly coloured Missoni dress that would stand up to the weather nicely. The black ankle boots from Tory Burch are the sort of footwear that every girl needs to have in her wardrobe. They are the perfect choice for a casual look for a fashion lunch or an evening-ready outfit for a cocktail party. It’s the shoe that keeps on giving! Given the awful weather, the Escada coat in pale blue was another solid choice. A warm and cosy wrap-around number in cashmere, this is a versatile piece you can call on in any situation.
My basic strategy was to layer up, so that I would be ready for anything the weather could throw at me. I started off with a Glen plaid blazer and a pair of grey velvet trousers from Marc O’Polo as my base layer. The Diane von Furstenberg khaki coat with high slits up the side looks great just thrown over the shoulders for a laid-back look. I love how the shade goes with literally anything! Muted tones are no problem at all and even bright bursts of colour like vivid reds and vibrant blues look fantastic. The Tory Burch cross-body bag is the perfect companion for a busy day, as there is plenty of room to throw in everything you may need. You won’t believe how much you can fit into such a little bag. I guess it’s true what they say – good things really do come in small packages.
Once we were dressed, it was time for us to head to the Jolie Fashion Lunch, a gathering for editors, partners, customers and fashionistas. The networking went on over delicious treats like courgetti in a creamy avocado sauce and rice bowls with spinach, chicken and pomegranate seeds. So we sat back and indulged in some fascinating conversations with all kinds of interesting folk. That evening we went to a private Revolverheld rock concert at the Soho House hotel. Tom Tailor hosted what turned out to be a very special event. It was the perfect setting for us to end the day sipping on a Cuba Libre with some awesome people. We were in high spirits and not even the pouring rain outside could put a damper on that!