Here, in an intimate atmosphere, they have the opportunity to informally present their designs and develop a network of business contacts. Decision-makers from Germany, international retailers, and fashion industry names all come together to talk about what’s trending, where fashion design is going, and a lot more besides.
Last year, Swarovski teamed up with the fashion bible to support this platform for designers with outstanding talent. This year, on July 7, the VOGUE x Swarovski Soirée will take place in the splendid octagon-shaped Schinkel Pavillon, situated in the grounds of the Kronprinzenpalais (Crown Prince’s Palace) in Berlin’s historic center. Crystal-embellished work from four specially selected, very exciting designers will be on show. Their big day was preceded by a visit to the Swarovski headquarters in Austria’s beautiful Tyrol region to see where the crystals they used in their creations came from, and to be inspired. They talked on camera about their art, what makes them tick creatively, and the inspiration they gained from working with Swarovski crystals.
Lou De Bétoly (formerly part of the dynamic French duo, Augustin Teboulet) boldly strode out on her own in 2016 to create the Odely Teboul label. Her wild-at-heart brand takes conceptual inspiration from ideas such as chaos and surrealism, nostalgia and extravagance. Patches of sheer mesh and crystal embellishment break up delicate fishnet-like fabric, while studded and sequinned adornments collide with tulle for a high-end couture feel.
After meeting at a vintage furniture fair, German Nina Kuhn and Greek Rianna Kounou realised they shared a love of vintage wear. They went on to form the beautiful retro/modern brand Rianna + Nina, opening their colorful “Cabinet de Curiosities” in Berlin-Mitte in 2014, which showcased their vibrant, retro prints.
William Fan debuted his first eponymous collection in 2015 at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin. German, and with Asian roots, he cut his tailoring teeth working at Alexander McQueen. He uses leather and pure wool or silk to reinterpret the image of ageless, unisex workwear, mixing classical tailoring with innovative materials.
The fourth designer is Berlin-based Iranian-born Nobieh Talaei whose label is Nobi Talai. Her graduate menswear collection in 2003 was chosen by Premium to be specially exhibited at the Berlin Fashion Fair, and she eventually went on to found Nobi Talai in early 2015. The geometric fantasies of both the Bauhaus and cubist inspire the forms of her fascinating current collection.