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To prep for the week, the whiskeys at NEU! Bar were appropriately clean and vanilla smooth – perhaps too much so. Despite the pains of waking the following morning, a bit of gourmet coffee clears the brain and so started the HIEN LE show – the 10am opening runway for the latest Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin AW14 presentations.

– HIEN LE –

Having known him for a few years now, expectations were for the minimalism so characteristic of Berliner designers. But of course with a twist of HIEN LE trademark patternings. Impressive to see however was his rise above comfort zones in presenting a sophisticated collection that spoke of his developing confidence and maturity.

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– AUGUSTIN TEBOUL –

Another pleasant surprise later that day was AUGUSTIN TEBOUL, a Berlin based Franco-German duo discarding any thoughts of “wearables,” and instead constructing a conceptual spectacle: wind machines for a billowy setting, and a rich palette of textures on models with quiffs. “So REFRESHing!” – exclaimed Art Director Suvi Häring as soon as the show ended, the French undertones still flowing strong with complimentary Lillet and macarons.

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– PERRET SCHAAD –

Keeping with the offsite location shows, Joachimstrasse 11 (the complex of David Chipperfield Architects) saw a presentation that was distinctly PERRET SCHAAD. Johanna’s intuitive elegance complimented with Tutia’s playful cheerfulness – softly textured draping highlighted by the hard glint of a zipper, or fluid lines marked by the gentle touch of a single button – and together, a graceful collection.

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– KILIAN KERNER –

Back in the MBFW tent, “DRAMA” was the word at KILIAN KERNER: black and gold, silky, embroidered and textured beneath the runway spotlights. Edgy and sinister, I wouldn’t mind a few of the pieces myself. Yes, even that golden suit.

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– MARINA HOERMANSEDER –

The last notable show to speak of here is MARINA HOERMANSEDER who marched fashionable battle armour down the length of the catwalk. Clearly inspired by Alexander McQueen and driven by a passion for details, this young French-Austrian designer folded, twisted, and buckled leather in repetitive constructs with perfect execution of colour tones, to achieve an otherworldly aesthetic – a worthy ovation!

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As regards the other aspects of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week – champagne at hotel bars, detox juice, gourmet coffee, and dining experiences around Berlin – those are stories in their own right. Perhaps to be languidly told with a glass of red and soaking in the Portuguese sun – away from the Berlin grey. MBFWB AW14 is at an end but the lifestyle continues.