Berlin Fashion Week was only last week but it feels like so much time has already gone in between then and now. Personally speaking, we really enjoyed the whole week of runway shows and presentations, meet-ups and different events. While I understand that it can be a challenge to organize your transportation and access to everything, and granted it is also extremely busy, I am surprised to see how many people have been ranting about how bad their Berlin Fashion Week experience was, and how they don’t see any value in this event.
Yesterday, I found out that Toronto Fashion Week (which was the first Fashion Week I ever attended, and for which we had made specific plans of returning to North America for in the Fall) is being completely suspended after 13 years. It seems that a whole community is being ripped apart and everyone has varying opinions on this, but what is being reported is that the local scene was not responding well to the event, and therefore, even funding is not available to put on the week long event at its high standard. Who know what the consequences young Canadian designers will face now.
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Now, looking back at Berlin Fashion Week, I began to think even more about the negative attitudes I have been hearing around me. Being a German citizen with a Canadian residence, I hold both Toronto and Berlin very dear to my heart. Yes, we were very tired after long days of shows followed by long nights of after-parties, etc. – but isn’t this what we all love and are so passionate about? Spending long, long days surrounded by beautiful clothes, which are perfectly styled with people who swim on that same wave and share this passion with us? To see what music the designer is using to showcase their latest collection, hear about the inspiration, and wait in anticipation for the finale look. For me, that is exactly what Fashion Week is all about and I would not change a thing. Appreciation is key and I definitely appreciate all the components necessary to make Berlin Fashion Week happen, and am happy that I got to experience the Spring/Summer 2017 season. Much Love.