Thursday, July 24, 2008



July 18th 1PM Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin BEBELPLATZ

Words, Images Judith Ecochard

We arrived too late for a bunch of Berlin Fashion Week festivities, but we did drop into CREATE BERLIN SHOWROOM …and its opening party- on our first night (July 16th)…for an exhibit titled “Fleet In Berlin.”

OK-what it was exactly… got lost in translation but we thought it was wonderful…and so did everyone else. The gallery was PACKED with a very, very stylish crowd.

On display were playful, deeply saturated swingy skirts stitched together from assorted fabrics by the designer fronting SMEILINENER. The skirts were suspended from the ceiling-and dramatically lit by spotlights in the dark room. The pieces were titled with words using kitschy Disney expressions. Naturally, we were amused by the USA theme.

BOTTOM LINE: The textiles were so beautiful—we figured the Smeiliner Fashion Show at the Mercedes-Benz Tent two days later--- would not disappoint.

And it didn’t.

The runway show reminded us of traditional Scandinavian with handmade detailing that we saw all over Finland and Japan---all cobbled together in rainbow collages that worked for the most part. The fabrics were lovely…silks, cottons...and the separates were all beautifully tailored.

The Heidi-like hair was perfectly appropriate.

BACKSTORY: Designed by Mischa Woeste who’s maiden name…Linsenmeier...inspired the line’s moniker.SMEILINENER