Wednesday, July 30, 2008


July 18th, 16:30 Bebelplatz BERLIN

Words, Pics-Judith Ecochard

It’s a game played between contrasts-but one of those which is so subtle, that you might not take notice of it: the one between male and female elements, hard and soft, classic and very modern.”

-Esther Perbandt –

THE DESIGNER: Perbandt is a fashion veteran, having studied at University of Arts (Berlin), earned a Master Degree at the European Fashion/Textiles Design in Utrecht, Berlin and Paris…and followed it up at the International Fashion Design post-graduate program at the Parisian Institut Francais de la Mode. Whew.

While toiling for 14 months with Chacok (Paris), she met her English born partner Jayne Simone Curé…and then returned to her stomping grounds in Berlin to launch her eponymous line of clothes and accessories (2004 and 2003 respectively).

THE SHOW: S/S 09 was a winner-many editorial types thought this collection should have been the anointed one.

Sticking with her “strict/rigid but also sensitive/open approach” …Perbandt’s dresses and separates were well tailored but move effortlessly with the body-a delicious flow-blended with sexy but grown-up silhouettes. No wonder the label is worn worldwide by women of ages.

OUR WANNA HAVE IT: The last look was a fabulous hooded, long black chiffon silk dress-we can see as a cover-up after a day sailing on our imaginary yacht- or ramped up with dangling earrings and chunky bracelets for a landlubber night out.

ACCESSORIES: Perbandt’s way with accessories was evident with the spiders web hosiery providing an amusing antidote to serious garb---and with the pattern repeated on large satchels in patent leather over canvas/leather.

FACTOID: A very personal designer, Perbandt literally wears her heart on her sleeve-and you can too…excerpts from her diary are printed on her bags, skirts, and dresses (S/S 2005).