Lolas’ instagram a few days ago was already preparing the big trend to get into mainstream fashion: Platform shoes.
In the 90’s we had the last hype for high end-to-end and stiff raver boots favored in black or white. The must have Buffalo Classics was all over High School and I did not have any.
Visiting Buenos Aires made clear what we are expecting the upcoming summer: massive platform shoes in every colour and style. Celebrating summer the stores and streets are flooded with them right now and EVERY girl/ women/ lady is wearing them to school/ work/ every occasion.
If open, half-open, closed, leather, synthetical, lacquer, black, silver, in sneaker or sandal design – get some. We are already looking forward to next year.
“It’s a festival. The whole point is to be drunk and obnoxious”
a friend told me after we returned from Gagnef Festival to the reality of urban Stockholm. Of course I felt the difference between the flush of the festival and the more settled / stable life (or whatever you may call that life) back in the city, too – but I had difficulties with this formulation.
What was the flush, the intoxication that I experienced at Gagnef Festival? It was not the fact that one could be drunk for three days in a row. No, it was definitely more. Much more. Trying to grasp the feeling I shared with other happy Gagnef visitors I can say that it was composed by a variety of different ingredients. First of all, hell yeah – we had stunning weather! It was non-stop sunshine (well of course at night the sun wasn’t burning on your sweaty skin anymore but to be honest it was “dark” for the maximum of 3 hours I would say). No rain drops, just beautiful sunshine which made it perfect bathing weather. The magic of the river and seriously the whole Swedish landscape of Dalarna in general makes the place where the Skankaloss Festival (just referred to as Gagnef festival as it is located in Gagnef) an enchanted place. Sure, through my German eyes there might always be a touch of Bullerby-Syndrom that paints the Swedish landscape in even prettier colours but for real: it is gorgeous in that area!
As most of Gagnef’s party guests come from the big cities Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö they can all experience the beautiful way by train or car to the festival where you see nothing but woods, fields, sparkling rivers, flowers, some midsummer poles and wooden horses. It has a touch of a summer camp where all the city kids can hang out in nature for a weekend and just let go of the day-to-day business.
The festival areal is a place not too small and not too big – with a million things to discover. One of the main stages in built in front of the river so you see the water dancing and sparkling behind the bands while you can dance on the stairs of a wooden amphitheater. The other stages are a hidden cave that was covered in pink smoke the first time I found it and a arena that feels like the ring of a circus where all the wild ponies are getting ready to show their most beautiful steps. In various places at the water where people can jump in the water or in the fields and bushes sit DJs and produce various kinds of music. Different artists, such as Stine Marie Jacobsen (who we also interviewed for SlashMuse Magazine) or Martin Olsson and Linn Granlund participated with inspiring art work and you can find a sauna as well as great food such as Oysters or Jamaican Cuisine, which makes the Skankaloss Festival a complete little cosmos.
If you want to take a break from the different kinds of music, from which Ryley Walker, Tami Tamaki and Zhala were clearly our highlights, you can participate in the Tennis tournament “Gagnef Open”, watch the long board competition or the skaters at the half pipe on the festival areal.
All these aspects make Gagnef such a magical place – it’s the holistic world that is created. People with weak nerves and a giant hangover should better not go to the long board competition as it simply takes your breath away every time they speed around the corner, a shy person will perhaps not enjoy the sauna as much as I can guarantee you to make new friends there who will convince you to jump naked on the big wooden swing that catapults you into the fresh cold river – but hej it’s only once a year and maybe the whole point of a festival is not to be drunk and obnoxious but just to be courageous and free. Gagnef is a great place for that! Our favorite Swedish Festival.
Dear Slasheurs/ creative fools & everyone else,
time is up to clean or fill your shelves. Join our first flea market @ Club de Slasheurs!
// Sunday 27th of July 2014
// noon till 8pm
// Club de Slasheurs/ Großgörschenstraße 28/ backyard/ S1 Yorckstraße
// knickknack/ trödel/ vintage/ music/ gallery/ drinks/ food/ sell/ buy/ bargain/ sunchairs/ paddling pool/ and more //
// ENTRY: free
a cooperation with: http://blog.pollyandbob.com/mods/backyard-fleemarket/
YOU WANT TO SELL //*
Take your old clothes if designer or formerly favorite piece, the lamp that does not fit into your kitchen anymore as well as all those little things which you do not need but are too nice to through away.
// 2 school tables (2,56m) 15€ / bring your own table 10€
// reservation/ ideas/ questions: email@example.com
*sale only on reservation and confirmation!
SEE YOU THERE //
Dimitri gave a Mediterranean insight into Spring/ Summer 2015 at his fashion show during Berlin Fashion Week. Pattern mix/ color/ prints and treated fabrics are brand mark of the Italian rooted designer. His passion for exotic travel destinations are inspirational to the new collection.
Our favorites: the pure white dresses, see-through lace tops and huge colorful pompom necklaces and earrings.
We were just discussing the situation of construction works in Berlin when we ended up having not enough bikes and due to the crazy weather circumstances were stuck in one traffic jam after another.
The new location of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Berlin (which we have to say has never been as good as this year) is actually situated quite central in Wedding but the 4 kilometres could easily take one 60min. In the end I missed two shows. One due to a traffic jam in front of the PREMIUM fair (due to its new concept they had big days). The other one because I could not find a parking lot.
The Bread & Butter turns up with big news every season. And this year they say ‚Bye Bye Berlin. We are moving back to Barcelona!’. The mayor of Berlin had his own style of answering by not showing up for the fair’s opening and dancing on another event. A moment of loss but who knows they might come back sooner than they expect themselves.
And the PANORAMA fair. Successful at the most miserable location (Yes it’s true the new airport did still not open yet.) just moved to the Internationale Congress Centrum Berlin in former West Berlin and rocked with a expanding portfolio of brands. Congrats!
Another point to be mentioned is of course the weather. Berlin winters used to be freezing and summers hot. From year to year the climate seems to change but on Fashion Week the weather sticks to the rule. This year again: heavy rains, thunderstorms, sun and sticky air in a row. What to wear? How to keep hair and shoes dry? But as Berlin is a relaxed city one did not get any comments on bad hair days. The more you meet and discuss which rain or heat did what harm to you and your outfit.
Lessons learned. A swedish guy has beer for breakfast, lunch and supper. Get one of those fancy transparent rain coats to wear while cycling from one spot to another or use the public transport instead. Have a cool story for your wasted outfit and wear it with style. Even people talk Berlin Fashion Week dead and big players are moving on there is still so much more to explore in this pulsing city of change. We are not dead we are just about to explode.
A quick check in with the Bread & Butter we did not want to miss out – especially if it is really moving to Barcelona next season. Situated at the Flughafen Tempelhof it is having the best location. Themed under CARNEVAL DO BRASIL the tradeshow for selected brands showed up in a Brasilian festival costume. Inside the brands on their casual fair stands outside bedded in a summery festival playground with pools, hammock, a container city, barbecue places and a market space for gorgeous little design and clothing specialities.
We had a stroll through the stands met some very nice people and enjoyed a few chilled beer until the bar closed like last summer due to a thunderstorm – but this time only for 30 minutes.