A few weeks have passed since Ioana C. Miron, Annalena Skörl Maul, Hannah Kuklinski, Jamie Wei Huang and Katy Clark have presented their final collections to an international audience at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin.
Ioana took home the trophy but today we would like to look back to all of the five up-and-coming designers and their collections that have been supported by our partners. Not only the finalists know about the importance of a great shoe, the audience does as well. Luckily, the five women have had professional help from stylist Kathi Kauder in finding the perfect shoe for their collection. Therefore:
A big thank you to all of our partners who have sponsored great shoes for our show in Berlin!
This Swedish brand is a self-made Stockholm-success-story. In January 2005, Cheap Monday was developed into a brand with full scale collections and the distribution was extended to selected stores in Sweden as well as abroad. From the first delivery of 800 pairs of jeans in March 2004, the production has reached a new level in terms of pieces as well as in product range. Today Cheap Monday carries main collections for men and women as well as three in-season drops/season. The collections also include baby, accessories, glasses, underwear and shoes. In the meantime Cheap Monday has got 1800 selling points in 35 countries. For Ioana C. Miron’s collection full of paradox contrasts – fluent and sharp silhouettes, geometric and hand-drawn patterns, light and dark colors –flat sandals with three straps that added a certain roughness to the feminine collection have been sponsored. And if we take a look at Katy Clark’s choice of shoes from the fashion brand, one will notice the flats with a small plateau that come as sandals or brogues and remind of the Japanese style that influenced Katy’s deconstructed collection. www.cheapmonday.com
An unique unisex shoe, originally designed for women and transformed to menswear. The label is a fresh starter on the shoe market with its launch during spring/summer 2013. But that did not keep them from supporting Annalena Skörl Maul’s collection, in which the typical men’s wardrobe meets traditional crochet details. The flat lace-up shoes come in a black and fawn and are made of a see-through net like cotton fabric. Which means: The color of socks may transform the outer look of the shoe at any time. Plus: In using only natural materials such as cotton, caoutchouc and cork but avoiding to use any glue, they are just pursuing the same strategy concerning sustainability as the DfT award. www.emba-shoes.com
NU (Portuguese = nude) is a Berlin based company rooted in Portugal. On the catwalk they supported the idea and knitwear pieces of Hannah Kuklinski’s collection. Those slippers with a barefoot feeling are just as natural as the up-and-coming designer’s collection is – light, flexible and made of vegan materials. And: They are produced to 100% on fair conditions in Portugal. www.nuslippers.com