Drama is part of the fashion scene.

“Everyone is already going crazy,” posted designer Marina Hoermanseder on social media a few days before the fashion show.

It's hair-tearing: “Our hair partner leaves us hanging a week before the show.” Just a few hours later the redeeming news, probably because of the desperate announcement before: There is now a “Head of Hair” after all.

Alfons Kaiser

Editor responsible for the “Germany and the World” department and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Magazine.

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    If only all the problems of Berlin Fashion Week could be so easily addressed!

    But only in a few cases will a call for help via Instagram bring salvation.

    The situation of Berlin fashion remains precarious, symbolized by KaDeWe's business difficulties.

    And if you want to put on a fashion show, you have to have as much energy as the Austrian fashion designer who lives in Berlin, who doesn't let two small children and the difficult designer fashion market stop her: On Thursday, her show will be the finale of the take place four days a week.

    And this much is clear: it will be a celebration.

    With an after-show party, of course.

    Textile waste mountain at the Brandenburg Gate

    After all: Berlin fashion is good for surprises.

    This was already apparent at the weekend when Governing Mayor Kai Wegner (CDU) actually attended Harald Glööckler's off-calender show - he hasn't really demonstrated his stylistic sense yet.

    And the second surprise at the beginning, on Monday morning: At the start of Fashion Week, Greenpeace piled up a four-meter mountain of textile waste at the Brandenburg Gate: “Fast Fashion – Clothes Make Garbage.”

    The protest is right, because synthetic textile waste in Ghana, for example - the mountain of clothes came back to Europe from there - is a catastrophe for the environment.

    But the occasion was wrong: Hardly anyone cares as much about recycling and waste prevention as the Berlin designers - it is almost a unique selling point in the wasteful international scene.

    An almost equally big surprise is the announcement by the busy PR entrepreneur Mumi Haiati (“Reference Studios”) that he is setting up his own show program.

    The “intervention” was quickly included in the official calendar of “Berlin Fashion Week”, so that the program now looks impressive with dozens of shows and presentations in every corner of the city.

    “We want to show the full potential of Berlin, create a new environment for brands and rely heavily on community,” says Haiati as he organizes his shows in an abandoned old C&A department store in Neukölln.

    And before you get the idea that he could be in competition with the Fashion Council Germany (FCG), he adds: “We’re all pulling in the same direction.”

    Zobel was chief designer at Courrèges

    And really: FCG President Christiane Arp also comes to the back2back show in the desolate old department store branch.

    Back2back, these are the designers Marcelo Alcaide and Yolanda Zobel, who are celebrating their premiere here.

    The expectations are high, after all, Zobel was already chief designer at Courrèges in Paris (2018 to 2020).

    It begins with an older gentleman aimlessly searching for his purpose on the catwalk.

    Is this a late guest?

    No, this is inclusive fashion that even gives old white men their due.

    Back2back looks skilfully improvised, and the tops with the rapid zippers give hope for the best.

    “It's a great feeling to share my fashion with Berlin,” says the designer in the hustle and bustle of the lookbook shoot after the show.

    You can understand it literally: The designer and her partner also demonstrated their fashion as models.

    And so there is always something happening in Berlin.

    You can watch it live in the “Berliner Salon”.

    Christiane Arp invited dozens of brands to the Kronprinzenpalais.

    By her count, this is the 18th time that she has organized the joint exhibition together with Marcus Kurz from the Nowadays agency.

    “We founded it out of deep frustration,” she says.

    They wanted to finally give a stage to designers who were young and focused on craftsmanship.

    Adriane Lila Fecke from Rosenheim is an example of this: her designs are made up of many individual parts - a funny assemblage, handmade of course, with leftover fabrics that she sources from large fashion companies.

    Not necessarily ready for series production, simply because it is so heavily decorated, but original.

    And every part is unique.

    A touch of melancholy in William Fan

    William Fan has already moved on.

    The Berlin designer invites you to the first highlight of the fashion week on Monday evening in the warm-up room of the Olympic Stadium, where the athletes usually prepare for their top performances.

    His collection, on the other hand, seems as if it were covered by a melancholic veil.

    Wide trousers, loose silhouettes, long dresses, fluffy slippers: autumn and winter.

    The joy of life then sits in the front row in the form of presenter and actress Aminata Belli, wearing a wonderful blue plush jacket from the spring collection.

    At the end of the first day there was a big FCG dinner at the Grill Royal.

    You also have to be able to afford that as a fashion city that wants to become something.

    In her speech, Christiane Arp invokes the power of fashion: “Fashion needs freedom.” The guests clap eagerly – Violet Fedorova is thrilled.

    The online director of the Ukrainian “Vogue” has been invited to the fashion week, and some Ukrainian designers are also allowed to present themselves in Berlin.

    “This is so important for us,” says Fedorova.

    Fashion, this means, can mean more than just producing mountains of garbage.