New York Fashion Week might be just starting stateside, but over in Europe, the fashion shows have not stopped. Following a highly buzzy couture run and men’s collections in Milan and Paris, Berlin Fashion Week picked up the baton from February 5–8, pushing its traditional January slot ever so slightly to February in an effort to establish itself as another competitor in the international ready-to-wear scene.
This season, Berlin Fashion Week filled every corner of the German capital with fresh talent. With 32 official shows on the fall-winter 2024 schedule held across different venues around the city, plus multiple off-calendar events, the city transformed into a breeding ground for community and creativity.
For a slew of seasons now, Berlin Fashion Week has already been home to more established talent like Namilia, the Berlin-based duo behind the first drop of Kylie Jenner’s Khy brand, notorious for their NSFW designs. While brands like Namilia will always have a top spot in the German scene, it’s the emerging designers that swing big for BFW in terms of international appeal.
Initiatives like berlin/en/berlin-contemporary.html”Berlin Contemporary, aimed at supporting and highlighting up-and-coming labels, help launch talent from a local stage to a global platform. In total, 18 brands were selected as winners this year, including newly-created labels — more on that below — and veterans like William Fan, Dennis Chuene, Richert Beil, and Ukrainian-born designer Kristina Bobkova.
Each designer at BFW has its own distinctive flavor. However, some common threads connect them all: unbridled creativity, an underground sensibility, unmatched fluidity, a focus on sustainability, and more than a touch of wearability.
With new funding from Berlin’s Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises, Berlin Fashion Week, organized by the Fashion Council Germany, is slowly but surely finding its footing within fashion’s main