by Lotus Ladegaard
Martin Asbjørn was founded in 2012 by designer Martin Asbjørn Bjerre, who graduated from The Design and Technical Tailoring Academy in 2011 with a degree in Men’s tailoring. His design signature is a juxtapose between design and attention to detail with an emphasis on tailoring and materials. Martin Asbjørn is all about balancing sharp and soft tailoring to create an easy to wear yet elegant silhouette. He aims to offer men a choice of comfort yet a sexy feel in a well cut and made style.
Martin Asbjørn’s AW17 collection was an homage to tailoring. Models came down the runway at Copenhagen International Fashion Fair styled edgy and clean. Fitted coats, jackets, tops and pants beautifully tailored in luxurious materials. The color palette was mostly dark and wintery with a few white notes. A long brown coat and a burgundy print added some warmth to the palette.
While Martin Asbjørn is mainly a men’s wear designer, he also made room for some ladies wear, which were both rather exquisite. The black shirt with fringed sleeves with the dark brown suede trousers was one of my favorite styles and can be worn by women of any shape. His outerwear was crowd favorite part and rightly so, as that is where he excels. His eye for detail, materials and his tailoring is masterful. He, too, had made room for a couple of looks dressed in athleisure with the right amount of edge to it.
Martin Asbjørn’s AW17 collection offered masterful tailoring for anyone who likes to dress to impress.
Lala Berlin was founded in 2004 by designer Leyla Piedayesh and started as a high-quality knitwear brand, but quickly grew a big following in Berlin and beyond and today, has branched out to create entire collections ranging from the iconic shawls and scarves to dresses, shorts, jumpsuits and more. Lala Berlin is the German capital’s spirit in comfortable easy to wear garments that are still luxurious, elegant and glamorous with a bit of edge. Lala Berlin has a strong celebrity following including Heidi Klum, Claudia Schiffer, Mischa Barton, Natalie Portman, Cameron Diaz, Heike Makatasch and Eva Padberg.
Lala Berlin’s AW17 collection was shown at Nikolaj Kunsthal an old church converted into an art space and somehow suited the brand really well. The color palette was kept in dark colors with a few notes of bright orange, mustard yellow, beige and loud prints. A recurring theme seemed to be asymmetrical embellishments, sleeves, cuts and hemlines, which at times felt a bit forced as it seemed to be more of less every single style. The outerwear along with the blazers are sublime and will have a huge following, I am sure. The knitwear in bold colours with fringes are edgy and reminds me of Berlin along with the skin pieces. The print pieces are among my favourites and almost had a summery air about them despite the autumn colours.
The showstopper was not a garment, but instead, Leyla Piedayesh came out and held up a sign saying: I AM AN IMMIGRANT while the audience gave her standing ovations. Lala Berlin’s AW collection was in every way very lala Berlin.