For SS18 at Berlin Fashion Week, we saw colors, colors and more colors. Starting off with Nathini Van Deer Meer, long trenches and layers covering shorts and stripes walked the runway. The designer, whose influences stem from growing up in between Southeast Asia and Europe, used interesting fabrics such as silk within her collections. She also points out that most of her designs are gender neutral.

A beige look from Natini van deer Meer. Photo via Facebook by Frazer Harrison.

A beige look from Nathini van deer Meer. Photo via Facebook by Frazer Harrison.

Another Meer look is completely different, going into a more spring urban style. With a layered leather jacket sporting some unique fringe (perhaps a product of her Southeast Asia inspiration), this is a look more appropriate for a cool spring day.

A fringed look from Nathini Van deer Meer. Photo courtesy of Facebook via Frazer Harrison.

A fringed look from Nathini Van deer Meer. Photo courtesy of Facebook via Frazer Harrison.

Ivanman came at SS18 with serious color. In fact, it could better be described as serious blue. The blue upon blue makes a big statement, and we love this jacket which could also easily be paired with other non-blue items if the all-blue look seems like a bit much for you.

A look from Ivanmnan. Photo from Ivanman.

A look from Ivanmnan. Photo from Ivanman.

Of course, Berlin can’t not partake in the long trench trend that has been popular this season and will continue into SS18. We can’t help but wonder what color is found underneath this all-encompassing blue trench.

Another blue look from Ivanman. Photo from Ivanman.

Another blue look from Ivanman. Photo from Ivanman.

Finally, Hien Le goes the warm color route with bright gold and various shades of beige and off white. BDMOTP also loves the sunglasses, which could be paired with any look.

A bright gold look from Hien Le courtesy of Facebook via Franzer Harrison.

A bright gold look from Hien Le courtesy of Facebook via Frazer Harrison.

Will you be wearing bright gold or blue this spring? Let us know in the comments section below!

Words by Lori Zaino.

Summer has hit us head on, and it’s time to soak it all in. I find that there is very little available on the market for in footwear for men that isn’t a super casual sneaker, a boat shoe moccasin, or a dressy lace up shoe or loafer. Enter ACT Footwear.

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ACT footwear is changing all that. The brand is giving men a new option–a summery, unconcerned shoe, appropriate for the city but reminiscent of a summery, spontaneous beach holiday.

The brand originated in Mallorca, Spain, the native land of designer Isabel Rotger. In fact, the idea to create the brand was just an impulsive, spur of the moment idea she came up with while working in Berlin.

Rotger explains that “In Mallorca, the espadrille is a traditional item that marks the start of summer. We thought it would be fun to create a new look, to revamp the classic espadrille with modern details, convenient for a city dweller.” She now operates the brand out of Berlin, Germany, bringing the classic espadrille look to an urban man (and an urban woman, as she also designs female footwear).

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Although the original espadrille is beach-appropriate, ACT shoes aren’t necessarily meant for beach wear. The brand combines the traditional espadrille material with high-grade suede and leather, so the shoes are better used in a less rural (or sandy) setting. A casual brunch or a walk in the park would be where you would sport these kicks.

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For all of you men out there that want a touch of beach holiday to incorporate into your daily summer city look, try a pair of ACT shoes.

Posted by Lori Zaino and images from ACT Footwear.

There was very little menswear at MB Fashion Week Berlin this year, but we found a few highlights hidden in the mass of womenswear: SOPOPULAR and Brachmann.

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“SOPOPULAR is the realization of my own style, which was and still is shaped by my two most important phases in life: London and Berlin”, says designer Daniel Blechman about his label. The clothing definitely has the German eclectic feel to it, and you can also see the British roots. Music plays a huge role in the designs, groups like Bush and Soundgarden give Blechman inspiration. The clothes are casual streetwear, I could absolutely see someone strolling down the street in Berlin wearing any of these urban designs.

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Brachmann is a new brand founded and created by Jennifer Brachmann in 2012. The fabrics she uses in her designs are all sustainable and ethical which is something I find new designers especially give a lot of importance to. The Brachmann collection  modern touch to basic and classic garments, especially the jackets.

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos from MB Fashion Week Berlin Official Website.

Outside of the Vivenne Westwood Show in Milan, I was approached to do an interview with Fashion TV Germany.  They initially, just wanted to snap my photo but inquired about who I represented.  Once they appreciated what BDMOTP is about, they quickly changed to wanting my opinion about the show and trends.  Then asked is they could interview me on camera…and what did I say…of course, it would be my pleasure.

Interview with Fashion TV Germany

They wanted to know my thoughts about guys in printed pants, shorts over tights, and skirts, three trends that were apparent during this European tour.  In my opinion it can be a challenge for men to add color to their outfits.  Printed pants are a good way, provided that the print design is apropos, to add color and a bit of flair.  For example, I saw a nice paisley print design that was great.  We have a few pics of printed pants up on out street style section, check a few of our favorites here and here.

As for the shorts over tights and skirts, I’m not a big fan.  I am a proponent of men being confident and owning their look.  I would say, that it takes a lot confidence, or the total opposite being a seeker of attention, to pull off tights and/or a skirt.  As you get to know me, you’ll find that I’m into nuance, so when I say I want men to display confidence in their dress, I really mean a subtle rock solid confidence.  I learned something about myself today.  Other than ethnic dress, I’m not sure how you pull off a skirt subtly, just my humble opinion, but please allow me space to evolve.  And because BDMOTP is such a cool site that’s bigger than me with room for everyone, we have a few pics of guys in tights and skirts as well, that our team thinks pulls the look off.

Thanks Fashion TV Germany….look forward to seeing you in Germany in a couple months.

Sometimes in order to write a good fashion story – you need help, so I had asked my friend Qi from BFIT (Beijing Fashion Institute of Technology) to join me when we obtained an invitation from the Karl Lagerfeld press office to come and visit the new store on the Boulevard St Germain – a visit organized in advance to be able to write a blog article.

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She showed up in a skimpy white Chloe dress, with Coco Chanel jewelry, and most importantly in ROCK CHIC gold studded noire Roman sandals, which, unbeknownst to me at the point when we first entered the store, is actually the ‘style préféré’ – the preferred style – at the Karl Lagerfeld store.  And not just for women.  This style apparently works for men too!  As a matter of fact ROCK CHIC proves to work well for both men and women and for women and men.

To summarize ROCK CHIC think of Glam & Rock in black and white and 50 shades of grey but without the platforms; throw in some Neo-Punk but without the vulgarity; then have ROCK CHIC launched at you at warp speed haute-couture in the form of ‘accessible’ luxury.  Et voila! You will have a VERY DAFT punk experience which can be instantly and virtually tailored & communicated directly TO THE PUBLIC so as to immediately gratify your own material AND virtual needs:  In style ROCK CHIC, at Karl Lagerfeld’s, your fashion, your fetish, your style will can be instantly tweeted on Twitter, fashioned on Facebook, and tubed on Youtube – while you still think you are shopping, whereas in reality you have now entered the Twilight Zone of REAL time and your new style ROCK CHIC is already streaming LIVE unto a larger audience.   Expect an interview with the Vampire.

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At Karl Lagerfeld’s your identity will not only be personalized (as at let’s say chez Louis Vuitton or chez Yves Saint Laurent) or enhanced by style (as with most other brands), NO SIR, at Karl’s in Paris you will have the singular opportunity to actually BECOME THE BRAND and you may find yourself with a feeling of vertigo when your identity takes a hit, when it starts to drift, and when it even may be starting to SHIFT.  Visiting Karl’s is a remarkable & highly recommended experience which takes the whole notion of what constitutes ‘shopping’ to what is most probably the next level in branding, concept, & design in fashion.

Essentially the consumer is integrated directly into the concept store through a POST ROCK experience at Karl Lagerfeld’s in the same way & fashion Damien Hirst integrates visitors coming to a museum into a POST MODERN ART display:  for example, it’s the man watching the Shark in Formaldehyde inside the large fish-tank who has become part of the exhibit AND the OBJECT of the art at large, rather than just a passive visitor.  In similar mode & fashion, at Karl’s you will become part of the act.

Thus the Karl Lagerfeld store – painted black – offers an outstanding CHIC ROCK ‘experience’ and is located on the Boulevard St Germain on a rather famous ‘coin de la rue’ – street corner – where you will also find the Café de Flore, the Restaurant Les Deux Magots, and the Brasserie Lipp, all of which were once the décor & setting of various movie & photo shoots, as well as the well-known venue of dark conversations between existentialist Rive Gauche philosophers from bygone years.

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Film Noir, Café Noir, Noir Coeur, existentialist conversations – you get the drift –, is right here, on the Boulevard of Paint-It-Black, that in recent years ago a large invasion took place by high-end luxury and fashion concept stores – some of them, most of them, actually PAINTED BLACK.  The corner store is Armani – in black (even has a restaurant – in black).  A little bit down the road you there is The Kooples – in black.  Not far on the same side of the Boulevard there is Sonia Rykiel – again in black.  Donna Karan & Calvin Klein must be dying to get in on the action here!  Halfway across the street from Karl, there sits the grand Paris flagship store of Polo Ralph Lauren – the only store NOT in black, but which has its own interior court & restaurant – as the Fashion Anchor on the block.  And then when you skip halfway across the street to Karl’s, the image of Mr Lagerfeld himself in his famous sun glasses holding his even more famous cat Choupette, appears in the window.

We were received very kindly by two young and expert staff members at the Karl Lagerfeld store, who clearly explained to us all the concept, design, and fashion of ROCK CHIC and how the style offers the opportunity to be appealing for men as well as for women.  The store, small from the outside, has a large interior with two floors, which is greatly enhanced by its POST ROCK atmosphere by means of superior branding and design:  Prepare to imagine yourself on the movie set of the latest Ridley Scott Sci-Fi movie.  There is a grand staircase to the first floor where there are two different rooms with clothing for men.

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All items are luxury products but the concept is that all luxury in the store is not only designed to fit your personal CHIC ROCK style but that it is also ‘ACCESSIBLE ‘.  In other words, where at other brands you would pay the price according to not only luxury, but also the brand name, at Karl Lagerfeld your luxury – AND the quality, AND the name – basically becomes affordable – even if you are just simply holding a single steady job in today’s down economy.  At Karl’s, ROCK CHIC – in all its luxury hues of black and white – becomes available to you.

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Integrated into the visual merchandising on both floors and into the larger concept of the store you will find technology.   Well, this is nothing new you probably will say, as many other concept fashion stores are nowadays using large flat screens, advanced audio, and high tech modeling displays (Benetton, Armani, Dolce & Gabana, etc.) – among other gadgets, which are then fully integrated into the store concept & the interior design, but at Karl’s they are taking technology one leap further:  Each display has its own IPAD which allows you to not only take an immediate look into the full virtual catalog of items, prices, and sizes available at the present time of the item you are currently admiring, but the devices also allow you to immediately tweet, youtube, email and book whatever you admire directly into the cloud, so that all your virtual needs are being taken care of AND gratified instantly.

This process was dubbed & branded KAPTURE KREATE & POST for at the larger IPADS in the store, and the ones inside the beautifully crafted & designed changing cabins, it is possible to take instant snapshots & photos of whatever you are trying on in whichever pose you feel like attempting at the given time.  So aye, now you can immediately and instantaneously youtube, book, email or tweet yourself together with your chosen ROCK CHIC item, tailored to accessible luxury perfection, directly into cyberspace.  And by doing so, THIS is where YOU become part of the store, part of the concept, and perhaps even part of the design.

Back on the ground floor at Karl’s you will then find leather bags, wallets, belts, watches, and different types of shoes & boots, and all the other accessories that luxury goods stores carry and when we descended there, it prompted and begged the question as to which items were for men and which items were for women.  The staff proved to be more than knowledgeable in their answer, and they proved to be as smart as that they were smartly dressed ROCK CHIC, because ROCK CHIC accessory items were explained to us as available for BOTH for men AND for women at the same time.

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Larger watches are carried by both men and women today.  Handbags, wallets & pocketbooks – studs & decorations all – are carried by both men and women these days.  The same goes for scarfs, sun glasses, and many other accessories.  In short everything which does not need a specific size for a man or a woman can be shared universally among men and women in a style of most androgynous ROCK CHIC fashion.   The concept was introduced to us very well and I was allowed to try a ROCK CHIC black silver studded handbag under my arm even though I had walked into the store in traditional cowboy boots, a fedora, and a conservative pin-striped black jacket.

We were then asked to sit down and relax in a large & hairy black velvet lounge fauteuil (armchair) and they served us an excellent black espresso from a white cup.  And as we sipped espresso they took pictures of us posing with a ROCK CHIC item on one of the larger IPADS, while simultaneously displaying the latest collections of the item directly from the IPAD by fingertip-flip straight onto the wall-sized fashion modeling multi-screen (four screens integrated) behind us, the only thing missing and not yet ‘mise-en-scène’ was perhaps our own real-time image together with the ROCK CHIC item flashed over to the multi-screen as integrated part of the collection.  Who knows what the future will hold? Yet, regardless and in spite of ourselves, we had become an integrated part of the concept & the design of the Karl Lagerfeld store.

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So when next time you visit Paris and YOU are sitting in the black velvet chair chez Karl trying a ROCK CHIC item, maybe allow your mind to wander a bit, and perhaps that you will imagine DAFT PUNK – helmets on and all – to come walking into the store at that very moment, or maybe Billy Idol, or Gene Simmons, or Flash Gordon, or perhaps even Mr. Lagerfeld himself with Choupette in his arms.  Not so far-fetched maybe as you are now rapidly moving BACK TO THE FUTURE …

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* The Karl Lagerfeld store in Paris is on Boulevard St Germain.  There is a smaller version in the Marais and other stores are (will be) located in Berlin, LA, and Hong Kong.  Visit Karl Lagerfeld on Facebook, Twitter or Youtube.

It’s the summer of fashion and SOPOPULAR had a fantastic menswear collection at MBFW Berlin.  The main goal of SOPOPULAR is to come up with consistent, contemporary and stylish male fashions in an ever changing fashion world.

The designer, Daniel Blechman, explains that his designs are a mixture of London (trendy and cool) and Berlin (edgy and rough).

That is basically what the SS14 SOPOPULAR collection is all about.  Pragmatic and slim, the collection shows us straight lines and expert tailoring, with a basic color scheme far from bright.  The occasional zipper, button, drawstring or pattern adds some edge to a sleek silhouette.  Really only black, white and grey are featured, which has been noted as a trend for next spring as many designers are returning to basics and running from brights.

You can buy SOPOPULAR online or at shops throughout Germany, in Vienna, Hong Kong, and Zurich.

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All images by Juan Felipe courtesy of C-heads.com

Posted by: Lori Zaino

Tausche Store Front

Tausche is a German company that makes messenger bags for men. ¨Tausche¨ is actually a play on words- ¨tauschen¨ – to change – and ¨Tasche¨’ – bag.  This name explains the concept of the company as they create multifunctional bags with interchangeable covers.

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These bags are functional and easy because you simply unzip the cover and rezip the new one on. Two covers are included with the price of each bag, and you can always order new covers. There is a large range of cover options that can be appropiate for business, travel, leisure, etc. Bags come in various silhouettes, (there is a backpack style too!) and sizes. Various inserts are offered as well. The product is made with a polyester fabric that´s virtually unbreakable, and resists day-to-day wear and tear. All products are handmade in Germany.

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The bags usually run around 100 euros, of course varying according to size.

This is a great product that combines true functionality with interchangeable style. Every guy can use a versatile messenger bag-as a briefcase, a school bag, an airline carry on…the possibilities are endless. Wearing a Tausche bag can be a great way to express your personality too. Change your cover based on your mood!

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For more information or to shop online, visit the Tausche Website, which is available in German and English. Their stores are located throughout Germany and also have one store in Tokyo!

All images from the Tausche Facebook page.

Posted by: Lori

The world of mens shopping in Berlin is a jumbled, interesting mix of vintage shops, trendy fashion mens boutiques, department stores, tiny artisan stores, and more. The environment makes for a very eclectic and creative shopping experience. Whatever you need, you can find it in Berlin, more specifically, at SOTO Berlin.

SOTO Berlin opened in April 2010 and continues to expand their brands, making it worth checking out regularly to see what new and trending merchandise they´ve brought to the table. The founders Philip Gaedicke, Omer Ben-Michael and David Fischer pride themselves on presenting a modern take on how a man should dress to the Berlin customer.

The shop carries some brands difficult to find elsewhere in Berlin, ranging from Sperry Top Sider to Our Legacy. Their merchandise is created by European, American and even Asian designers.

I don´t doubt that you could find almost anything you are looking for at this shop, considering the dynamic collection of brands they carry. You can shop online and they offer free delivery on orders within Germany.

Obviously the store has been successful because they recently opened up a new location. The second location is actually in the same building as the first, although it has a separate store entrance. It´s more of an extension to the old store…which means…more brands and merchandise for shoppers! So make sure to kill two birds with one stone and visit both stores when you head over to shop.

The SOTO store website is fresh and easy to navigate, and you can also follow SOTO Berlin on Facebook and Twitter.

SOTO STORE BERLIN
Torstrasse 72, 10119 Berlin, Germany

OPENING TIMES
Monday-Friday: 12 pm – 8 pm
Saturday: 11 am – 8 pm

Photo Credits: SOTO store images by Robert Wunsch and clothes/shoe images from the SOTO store facebook page

Posted By: Lori