Ecological designs and latest haute couture especially dedicated to real women with normal bodies -- rather than the impossibly skinny alternative models had been requested to promulgate for years -- are some of the highlights of the Berlin Fashion Week, which kicked off on 14 January.
The designs of Augustin Teboul, Patrick Mohr, and Lena Hoschek opened the event, of which a main highlight was the "Curvy is Sexy" fashion fair which drew considerable attention.
The appraisal is understandable. After all, fashion houses had come under fire for the immense pressure under which they placed women to match up with unrealistically lean supermodels donning the size zero introduced by fashion gurus. Fashion houses were requested to acknowledge that real women have real proportions, and that the image projected by supermodels had to be altered.
Since then, a mature step was taken by introducing designs that fitted the average female body, and most fashion weeks have come to feature fairs and shows dedicated even for voluptuous women.
The warm weather heralded a wrapped up retro style, introduced by the designs of S.Oliver. Models also stepped out in a jeans-and-shirt casual look, little black dresses and leggings.
Many labels showcased their designs on the catwalk, as models of the moment displayed a mixture of the traditional warm monochrome shades, mixed of beige and black, along with chic paler ones.
Berlin becomes the capital of the fashion world twice a year, where fashion weeks buzz with style, creativity, and celebrity glamour.
More highlights of the fashion buzz in the German capital will include fairs at traditional spots and locations, including the former Tempelhof Airport and Brandenburg Gate, along with special ecological lines of design.