Mercedes Benz Berlin Fashion Week S/S 08

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The first Mercedes Benz sponsored Berlin Fashion Week came to a close last week, and industry insiders have indicated that it was just the first of many successful shows. Berlin is not usually a big deal on the fashion radar, but that is set to change with if the show can continue with the same calibre of the great designs that were strutting their stuff down the runway this time around.

Most of the offerings came from a female perspective, but what there was in male designs was very impressive. Keep reading after the jump for a Brandish view of the show.

Clean lines and crisp, light materials were the order of the day at
Hugo Boss (left). With no visible pockets or buttons the overall look
is quite elegant and, along with the shorter trousers, the outfit has a
distinctly 1950s Italian Riviera feel to it, emphasised by the loose
cut of the clothes.

Michalsky presented his first collection at the show, having previously
worked as head designer at Levis… and it looks like he took some of
the materials with him (center). This denim-look suit is in stark
contrast to many of the sharp, tailored cuts that we are seeing at the
moment. The soft, rounded lines give a casual feel to an otherwise
sober suit, but I think this works for, rather than against, the look.

The outfit on the right was one of only two male designs that Gabriele Strehle presented at the Berlin Fashion Week. Again, like most of the menswear at the show, we’re looking at wider cuts than we’ve been used to over the last few years which may subsequently have an affect on high street fashion (I hope it does, what with my child bearing hips). I love the overall "office worker-chic"  look of the outfit. It says "nerd" but is cool with it.