FAULT Faves From MBFWB Day 4

Vektor

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New kids on the Berlin block, Vektor, capture the spirit of the city’s trendy crowd and filter it into

their collections. The models came out girl, boy, girl, boy to beat heavy techno music (what else?)

wearing outfits as uniformed as their walk. Voluminous neoprene jumpers and bomber jackets in a

strictly monochrome black and white were paired with skinny trousers and leggings for men. A

leather panel in an inverted triangle shape with the bottom cut off emphasised the broad shoulder,

slim leg look on men. For women, long, a-symmetrical wrap coats with contrast belts moved away

from the sporty look but still had a quirky edge.

All in all though, the perfect wardrobe to share with your boyfriend or girlfriend.

 

Irene Luft

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Irene Luft’s fetish-like evening wear collection for AW15 was titled ‘revenent’, the name for a visible

ghost. Ghostly elements included translucent black fabrics covered in lace and netted skirts that

floated around the models’ bodies. Heavy, full skirts in contrast to the delicate lace and silk, used

leather and neoprene to dramatic effect.

Accessories included opera-length leather gloves and black metallic head capes. Wet look hair

dropped over the face in thick strands.

Evening glamour for the brave.

 

Marina Hoermanseder

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Berlin Fashion Week ended on a high with Marine Hoermanseder’s AW15 show. From the opening

look, a postbox red plastic hobble skirt with exaggerated hips and mohair jumper which the model

waddled half way down the aisle in before twirling her arms in a balletic fashion and waddling back

again, to the standing ovation at the end, this was a true fashion marvel.

The mixture of imaginative, avant-garde designs and wearable, elegant pieces was refreshing to

see. Loose, silky culottes and blouses with open backs carried simple leather details to create

something unique. The front of a belt on trousers finished at the hip bones and trailed down to trim

the pockets and breast pockets were boxy with old fashioned leather buckle closures. Buckles

were a common theme, from the leather corsets layered over a cotton dress that buckled up at the

back to the jacket that had a buckle fastening rucksack merged into it and the latticed leather

pencil skirt with buckle detail on the waist. The leather craftsmanship was impressive.

Fur accessories, such as a large Eskimo snood and oversized coat collar added a touch of vintage

glamour. Hair and makeup was also old glamour with dainty chignons and finger waved fringes,

complementing the porcelain skin and red lipstick. A free-flowing, mac-style dress and loose

pyjama trousers hinted to the 1930s. The contrast between classic and futuristic leathers and plastics didn’t jar, they blended perfectly and displayed the true talent of one of Germany’s most exciting designers.

 

Accommodation partner for FAULT in Berlin: My Plus One.

Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney release acoustic ballad

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For a moment, let’s pretend it’s the year 2005. A young Rihanna releases catchy ‘Pon De Replay’ and it would be twos years before this “good girl went bad”, nonetheless baby steps towards her 7 Grammys had been made.

Kanye West‘s “Late Registration’ is being hailed as a masterpiece album as ‘Gold Digger ft Jamie Foxx’ topped music charts world-wide.

Paul McCartney had just released his 13th solo album ‘Chaos and Creation in the Backyard’ and remained in the US album charts for over 10 weeks.

Fast forward ten years and the three aforementioned music artists have teamed up and released a collaboration single entitled ‘Four Five Seconds‘.  Kanye previewed the single at the IHeartRadio Summit event in LA on thursday straight off his laptop.

The song has a stripped back arrangement with Rihanna and Kanye providing vocals over Paul McCartney’s single guitar part. This is the first music we’ve heard from Rihanna in over a year and many are happy to hear more ballads from the singer. ‘Stay’ was a massive hit and all but proved Rihanna doesn’t have to belt out an 8 octave manifest to prove her voice is special.

While the singing is a far cry from Kanye of 05, has he ever been known to stay in one lane with his music? Kanye has always made it clear that his main focus is to be an innovator and a visionary in the music business.  Whether you think it works or it doesn’t, Kanye will continue to journey on; in the end we’re just along for the ride.

Have a listen and let us know what you think on Twitter!

“FourFiveSeconds” is downloadable from iTunes now.

The Night Before – Oriana Layendecker’s FAULT

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Jacket: Altuzarra
Boy’s shorts: Dolce & Gabbana
Neck piece: sophieblakeny.com
Ring: vintage
Shoes: Saint Laurent

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Bodysuit: Atsuko Kudo
Shoes: Saint Laurent
Neck-piece: Marni

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Top: Bordelle
Chain: Chanel
Skirt: H&M
Boy’s shorts: Dolce & Gabbana
Shoes:Saint Laurent
Earrings Michael Kors
Ring: Chloe

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Bra: DSquared2
Leather Pant: Daniele Carlotta
Large pointer finger ring: Dannijo
Middle finger ring: Bliss Lau
Shoes: Saint Laurent
Ear cuff Vintage

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Fishnets: Betsy Johnson
Scarf & Diamonds: Vintage

Model: Laissa @ RED NYC
Photography: Oriana Layendecker
Styling: Stara PezeshkianThe Artist Agency

Hair: James Cornwell
Makeup: Carolyn Thombs

FAULT Faves from MBFWB Day 3

 

Dorothee Schumacher

Dorothee Schumacher Berlin Fashion Week

Dorothee Schumacher took her turn at showing what the 1960s trend looks like to her followers. A-line mini skirts were styled with knee high socks and high heeled mules, hair was loose and draped over one kohl-heavy eye and turtle necks worked their dues across leather t-shirts, office-appropriate black knit dresses and textured cocktail dresses.

This was 60s sophistication with a toned down colour scheme of beige, charcoal and vermilion, infused with just a few pops of brights. Prints had an Eastern-Asian feel, depicting flowers and vines of leaves in traditional colour combinations of white, black and red and white, black and pink. A printed full-length dress with long sleeves and a high neck made an impression and epitomised the glamorous side to the decade of rock ‘n’ roll that Dorothee Schumacher has channelled so elegantly for AW15.

Glaw

Glaw Berlin Fashion Week

The Berlin designer duo’s AW15 show had us hot under the collar. Models slinked down the runway in evening dresses slit up to the thigh, a tight leather mini dress was zipped through from top to bottom and metallic trousers were skin tight. Primarily in hot red, dramatic black and attention-grabbing gold, this is a collection to be worn after dark.

Inspired by the mythology and symbolism of the snake, this influence was most obvious in the black sweaters and tight party dresses embellished with snakes writhing across them. The reptilian motif was also in jumpers embellished with large, scale-like sequins and the fur stoles that slinked between the models’ arms.

Glaw had a modern take on eveningwear by mixing formal gowns with ready-to-wear items such as sweater jumpers and bomber jackets. Accessorised with geometric sunglasses and pointed, stiletto ankle boots, this collection does sexy in the coolest way possible.

 

Accommodation partner for FAULT in Berlin: My Plus One.

FAULT Faves from MBFWB Day 2

Marc Cain

Marc Cain Berlin Fashion Week

It seems the designers can’t get enough of the 1960s vibes at the moment and Marc Cain AW15 is no exception. Polo necks and mini-skirts met psychedelic prints and multi-coloured fur in what was a very obvious inspiration point but that also covered a wide spectrum. More outlandish styles included red PVC macs and sparkling mini dresses paired with patent go-go boots whilst a pastel yellow fur jacket was as sweet as the macaroon print on the skirt it was styled with. Mods, rockers, boho babes and the newly-emancipated office workers of the era walked comfortably alongside each other on the runway.

Marc Cain is one of Germany’s biggest champions for the country’s fashion industry and whilst the new collection may be referencing a Carnaby Street London look, the brand has stayed true to its ethos of manufacturing part of their work in Germany.

Schacky

Schacky Berlin Fashion Week

A patchwork of suede, leather and fur in rich autumnal colours looked perfect for a crisp country walk at the Schacky presentation. A little boho and a lot cosy glamour, these women know how to wrap up warm without compromising style. Skirts ranged from suede minis to full skirted leather. Short-haired, mottled furs prevented swing coats from being bulky whilst knitted bobble hats with fur pom poms added a cute and girlie vibe into the mix. Black suede cowboy boots and black leather driving gloves finished off the look.

Top quality leathers and fur are designer Claudia Von Schacky’s speciality and she adds a luxurious twist to Berlin’s Fashion Week schedule. From her beginning’s as the creator of the ‘perfect fitting stretch leather trousers’, to this season’s ultra desirable winter warmers, she knows what women want.

Rebekka Ruétz

Rebekka Ruetz Berlin Fashion Week

When we heard Rebekka Ruétz’s AW15 collection was inspired by fairy tales, we were expecting delicate princesses on the catwalk. Instead, these were strutting, chain adorned, leather panel embellished, disarming fairytale creatures, ready for action. Their hair was fashioned into wild, romantic curls and their over-the-top makeup looked like they had just walked off the set of Black Swan.

Loose, androgynous suits were mixed with soft silk dresses with a marble-effect woodland yellow and green digital print. Fine metal chains swung between faux leather shoulder pads and dangled from thick faux leather waist belts adding an edge. Peasant girl styles were seen in oversized slouchy knits paired with billowing full-length skirts and fur sleeves in a wolf grey. The final character in this fable was an ice queen with a spiked headdress and wrapped in an exorbitant fur coat that trailed on the floor behind her.

A cheer went out at the finale as a male model draped in the same fur coat led the models back out on to the catwalk carrying a sign reading ‘fake fur only’.

Whichever fairytale persona Rebekka Ruétz fans choose to adopt next autumn, one thing is for sure, these damsels can save themselves!

Stylight Fashion Influencer Awards

Stylight Fashion Influencer Awards 2015

For the second year during Berlin Fashion Week, tech shopping platform Stylight hosted their Fashion Influencer Awards, celebrating the bloggers and celebrities who inspire our wardrobes. It was a truly international affair with bloggers coming from Spain, France, Italy, Holland, Germany and Switzerland. Brit girl and FAULT issue 18 star Zara Martin was nominated in the celebrity style category and New York-based super blogger Bryan Boy sat on the judging panel.

As a hub for tech startups, Berlin provided the perfect host city for such an event, which serves to acknowledge the power of the blogger and how they’ve changed the fashion landscape. They’re stylish, they take great photos, they introduce us to new brands and they’re relatable. These are the names to sit up and take notice of; they have a serious number of Instagram followers and a serious amount of clout to go with it.

Full list of winners:

Rising Star of the Year… Linda Tol

Best German Style Blog… Maja Wyh

Most Influential Fashion Blog… Le Blog De Betty

Best Men’s Fashion Blog… MDV Style

Most Successful Blogger Business… Riccardo Pozzoli from The Blonde Salad

Best Celebrity Style… Franziska Knuppe

Fashion Influencer of the Year… Kayture

 

Accommodation partner for FAULT in Berlin: My Plus One.

FAULT attends – Kate Nash x The Rodnik Band for Girl Gang TV

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Last Thursday saw the London launch of Girl Gang TV, a brand new online channel dedicated to spreading positive vibes of love, truth, self-empowerment and feminism. Its creator – none other than platinum-selling singer/songwriter (and FAULT Issue 14 star) Kate Nash – teamed up with FAULT Featured cult fashion label The Rodnik Band for the invite-only event, which was hosted at the private East London home and design studio of the brand’s creator, Philip Colbert, and wife Charlotte. Intrigued by Girl Gang TV’s novel fusion of aesthetics and activism, FAULT headed to Shoreditch to find out more.

Hurrying in from the chilly winter night, guests soon filled the intimate space, where names like actor Sophie Kennedy Clark, celebrity stylist Rebekah Roy, style journalist Stefanie Jones and all-girl punk act The Tuts mixed with some of Nash’s most ardent fans. Popcorn, sweets and beer soon made the rounds, while many a talking point was had with The Rodnik Band’s colourful pop art-themed designs, which were dotted around the room (we especially liked the embellished sofa can dress and primary block backpack).

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Kate, blonde-haired, red-lipsticked and wearing a graphic grid dress, then plopped down on a large octopus print beanbag – with everything designed by The Rodnik Band, natch. Once everyone had taken their seat on the floor around her (oh god, my joints), she then gave a quick talk on the Girl Gang TV project, presenting it as a new platform to share ideas across music, style, politics, art, science, business, the environment and beyond. Using a combination of art and humour, we are told how the project is all about spreading messages, championing worthy causes like equal rights and animal protection – or, in other words, ‘doing cool shit to change the world.’

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“I want to learn from other people and gain new perspectives on what’s happening in the world. I want to give a voice to those that haven’t yet been given a microphone,” as Kate puts it.

Us attendees are then treated to a screening of the introductory episode of Girl Gang TV, before Kate brings out her guitar to perform two acoustic songs chosen specially for the launch (‘Free My Pussy’ and ‘You’re So Cool, I’m So Freaky’, in case you were wondering). Finally, inspired and several bottles of Peroni in, it was time to hit the afterparty at The Waiting Room, where Echo Boom Generation, Bones and Swampmother joined Kate on the decks to round off a fun evening of creativity and girl power.

Check out Girl Gang TV on YouTube now.

Words: Charlotte McManus
Photos: Daniel Deme for WENN