Friday, July 10, 2009



Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Berlin

Bebelplatz, Mitte -July 1st, 2009---10:00

Words, Judith Ecochard
Images Courtesy of the Designer

Dorothee Schumacher’s has many reasons to celebrate…every single outfit of her Spring 2010 collection was terrific. An editorially tight focused lineup.

And what a great way to open Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Berlin.

Truth be told, we were a bit jet lagged when we crawled into the huge white tent for this first catwalk show…

But we immediately perked up as soon as a feminine white jacket with puffed sleeves, paired with a smart taupe to the knee shorts---walked the runway.

This ensemble, as with all the outfits to follow, were refine, fitted, well tailored separates, including a knockout strapless sandy beige pantsuit...

or belonged to glamorous and graceful dresses that any woman can wear to work, on travels…and out for cocktails at the nearby stately Hotel De Rome, site of the posh, after show reception.

Most day looks were neutral toned – Camila White, Black Pearl, Whisper Blue, Cinammin Brown, Icy Gold, and Tempting Green...

…and therefore easy to wear with any skin tones…

…mixed in with bright pink Rock N' Rose and flourishes of gold/silver metallics and sequins for after hours.

Nothing flashy, just pure elegance.

These are clothes that individual women wear, not that wear the women so-to-speak.

Schumacher managed to show how a suit ensemble of to the knee shorts and a matching jacket can be just as business appropriate as any menswear inspired pants suit…and probably a very popular style given the high temperatures in many Western European cities where air conditioning is not a given.

A light/dark grap casual outfit and a silky dark gray dress with slouchy deep front pockets and a bold zipper front looked so comfortable…we could see this being our go to dress for many occasions. Tasteful and a modern attire for the gal that likes to multi-task in silk, linen, and cotton poplin.

Or for women who are “strong, clever…and charming.”

Even the strapless cocktail frock (fitted shiny gold up top with gleaming silk draped bottom) and the more formal, long evening gown (sparkling silver sequins bodice with taupe silk Grecian style bottom)…were timeless classics we feel would be suitable for wide age ranges of women…


RETAIL INFO: SCHUMACHER for store locations. Wisely stocked by high end stores all over the world including New York’s Bergdorf Goodman’s