Berlin Fashion Week recap: still the European capital for sustainable fashion

Salonshow + Ethical Fashion On Stage. Image:  Maxime Jean-Abauzi for Green Fashion Tours Berlin Ethical Fashion Show Talk. Image: Maxime Jean-Abauzi for Green Fashion Tours Berlin Greenshowroom Show - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Autumn/Winter 2016 Ethical Fashion Show - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Autumn/Winter 2016. Image: Mud Jeans

Nowhere else in Europe there is so much happening in terms of green fashion like in Berlin. Once again during Berlin Fashion Week the German capital proved how its sustainable fashion scene grows exponentially.

The two trade shows “Green Showroom” and “Ethical Fashion Show Berlin” focused on the circular economy and organized their exhibitions, talks and panels around that topic. From January 19th to 21st more than 160 international sustainable brands presented their A/W17 collections in the fully booked exhibition halls at Berlin Postbahnhof and outstanding outfits have been shown at the “Salonshow” and “Ethical Fashion On Stage” runways. The exhibitors’ number rose alongside with the quality and the importance of participating brands: KnowledgeCotton Apparel and Monkee Genes were just two of the many new brands to bring their wares to the capital.

Within the fair’s fringe programme, audiences had the chance to attend to various talks and panel discussions exploring crucial issues in the field of sustainable fashion (e.g.: the creation of closed-loops for textiles, the integration of fair fashion in retail, the importance of the wool recycling industry in Prato.)

Within the outdoor wear segment material closed loop systems have become an essential topic. Brands like Bleed, ECOALF , Patagonia, Pyua, and The North Face are making big steps towards circular systems for textiles. Their closed-loop outfits were presented at the outdoor showcase: #reconomy at the “Ethical Fashion Show Berlin” curated by Greenroom Voice.

In particular the German outdoor label Bleed has worked intensively on the “Upcycling” concept in the past months. They presented two projects: an integrated upcycling collection made out of pre-consumer waste jackets and the conception of a pre-consumer waste denim line together with the award-winning designer Laura Struthoff.

Both collections and the last creations by the Hamburg based upcycling label “Kluntje” have been exhibiting during Fashion Week at the Upcycling Fashion Store within their Upcycling Talents#3 showroom.

The Lavera Showfloor hosted their runways of prominent green fashion designers for the 7th time and awarded three young designers, (Paul Iby, Laura Struthoff and Juliane Kaatzsch) for the second edition of the “Lavera Green Fashion Award” with important prizes for their exceptional sustainable fashion projects.


The post has been provided by: The Green Fashion Tours Berlin, a joint project by GetChanged!, HolaBerlin and the Upcycling Fashion Store. They regularly organize urban excursions about sustainable fashion for interested people, tourists, school classes and university groups. Their offers cover a variety of concepts including workshops and personal shopping experiences. Words by Arianna Nicoletti (Upcycling Fashion StorealucGreen Fashion Tours)





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