Put your best designer-clad foot forward and dress to impress as Berlin Fashion Week brings designers, celebrities and models to Germany's capital.
A word of warning: if you're going to Berlin in January, for the love of god, leave the comfortable sweatpants and sensible shoes at home and prepare for pouting and posing as Berlin Fashion Week transforms the normally laid-back city into a giant catwalk.
Known for its young, vibrant designs and innovative ideas, Berlin has developed into a fashion capital with a distinctive street and urban style. First begun in 2007, the Berlin Fashion Week takes place twice a year in January and July and has a particular focus on sustainability, environmental awareness and socially responsible attitudes. Now considered an unmissable global fashion event, the week attracts international fashionistas, industry professionals, celebrities and international designers such as the famously sweatpant-hating Karl Largerfield.
The January edition focuses on the upcoming summer collections and while a lot of the trade exhibitions and shows are invite-only, more than 100 public events from catwalks to pop-up stores and upcycling workshops are put on each year by major fashion labels and emerging talents alike. This year's January highlights included an ethically correct collection by the Lavera Showroom; 'Pages from the Glossies' photo exhibition by Helmut Newton; and a special fashion week sale by Polish designers of note. And just by wandering the city alone, there'll be opportunities to spot the latest trends on the fashion-conscious celebrities and audience members who descend on the city especially for Berlin Fashion Week.
Our advice: don your glad rags, keep your ears open for word on the best after parties, and who knows, you might just land yourself a supermodel rather than Mr Largerfield's scorn.
- Get there: Use the S-Bahn and U-Bahn transport systems to get around the city.
- Stay: Find a hotel in the city centre.
*We do our very best to verify the dates of our events but please check with the official event provider before booking your flights. We would hate for you to be disappointed!