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Berlin Fashion Week: Bread & Butter is cream of the crop


A model wears a ballgown by LeVer Couture

A model wears a ballgown by LeVer Couture

A model wears a ballgown by LeVer Couture

Berlin Fashion Week began in blazing style yesterday with emerging designers showing off their edgy pieces at the streetwear trade show known as Bread & Butter.

Berlin Fashion Week, which often struggles in comparison to the better known, well-established couture presentations in Paris or Milan, defines itself as a showcase for young and local designers.

The fashion week shows started with the flowing, ready-to-wear knit fashions of Belgian design duo Filip Arickx and An Vandevorst, known as AF Vandevorst.

Browns, beiges and blacks dominated the collection, with belted big tops worn over tight pants with boots. Each piece was marked by a bright red thread woven into the fabric.

Patrick Mohr's latest collection, dubbed 'Unity', also featured stark tones, dominated by blacks, greys and khakis.

"For this collection, I wanted to have it clean," Mohr said.

Ukrainian Designer Lessja Verlingieri's 2012 'LeVer Couture' collection featured tube dresses in black, white and nude, set off by larger, dramatic swathes of crystals or ruffles.

The collection culminated with a gown constructed solely of white ruffles encasing the model from neck to toe, leaving a dramatic, three-foot trail of billowing cloth behind her.

Bread & Butter, which opened on Tuesday, prides itself on highlighting small, trendy and niche designers.

Irish Independent