Berlin Fashion Week - Where Green Fashion Sprouts

With the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week running from Tuesday until Sunday this week, there's surely a lot to watch. We've turned our eyes to the German capital's ethical fashion scene and have found out: Berlin has made every effort to represent sustainability in multiple forms and various locations.

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With Mercedes Benz Fashion Week running from Tuesday until Sunday this week, there’s surely a lot to watch. We’ve turned our eyes to the German capital’s ethical fashion scene and have found out: Berlin has made every effort to represent sustainability in multiple forms and various locations.

Concert and event venue Huxley’s Neue Welt in Berlin’s edgy neighbourhood Kreuzberg was the location of the biggest catwalk concerned with sustainability – the SHOWFLOOR BERLIN. From the 15th to the 17th of January, a range of labels showed their creations here. All of them had one thing in common: social responsability. Fair trade, good working conditions and optimised transport routes brought these designers together to celebrate (in) style. One thing their shows had in common was the fact that unlike in other fashion shows, we didn’t get to see a lot of extremes. Outfits were timeless and certainly no high street brand will be required to copy down trends in order to make them more wearable. This is fashion for the people and indeed it was, as all shows were open to the public. And for all of us who could not go, here are some of the shows.

Johanna Riplinger is launching her label with this first collection.

Format‘s simple cuts and monochrome looks are very wearable. Shame there is only a snippet of her show to be seen.

Raffauf is specialised in beeswaxed organic cotton coats.

GREENshowroom is an exhibition located in the high-class Hotel Adlon next to the Brandenburg Gate. All the showcasing labels are devoted to sustainability. Their invite-only Salonshow features some of the designs. Like in the old days, when fashion shows were small and exclusive.

Apart from this, the Ethical Fashion Show Berlin featured sustainable street- and casualwear while SCOOP was the platform for eco fashion and lifestyle. My personal bottom line of Berlin’s green efforts is: although you can still see the eco side of things shine through in some places, it is good to see there is so much movement in the scene! I cannot wait what next season’s sustainable shows will have on offer.

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