- Title: Dorothee Schumacher show opens Berlin Fashion Week
- Date: 17th January 2017
- Summary: BERLIN, GERMANY (JANUARY 17, 2017) (REUTERS) CARS IN STREET WITH BERLIN TV TOWER IN THE BACKGROUND LOCATION OF MERCEDES BENZ FASHION WEEK VARIOUS OF VISITORS AT FASHION WEEK
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- Keywords: Berlin Fashion Week Schumacher fashion
- Location: BERLIN, GERMANY
- City: BERLIN, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Arts/Culture/Entertainment,Fashion
- Reuters ID: LVA0015ZGZKUL
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- Story Text: Berlin's Fashion Week launched on Tuesday (January 17) with a very emblematic show of "free-spirited" creations by Dorothee Schumacher.
Berlin's fashion week is renowned for being less conventional than its European counterparts, less high fashion and more high street, and Schumacher's creations are very Berlin: a mixture of streetwear, classic tailor handicraft and tribal elements - and all very individual.
"The girls showed exactly what this is all about," Schumacher said after the show. "It is about luxury but at the same time staying easy and finding your own spirit. And that was the mind-set from the beginning for this collection. That's how we chose the material. It should be rough, not nice. But I do think that beauty lies hidden in the imperfect. And if we dare to accept that within ourselves then we can rise to become a personality. If my collection can emphasize that, perfect."
The Dusseldorf-born designer's creations, suited perfectly to the Berlin scene with its mix of patterns as well as materials are feminine as well as wearable, concentrating on the waistline, emphasized by wide belts and high cut trousers.
"I have to say: Every piece was made with love and affection for women in all their different positions in life," Schumacher explained. "And what I like best is the fact that everyone can choose a piece from this wonderful collection that really fits them personally. I know that all the designs are really made for women. I know that we understand women. That's also the feedback we are getting here. And if you feel that and you are at peace within yourself and you find the right piece that is where I believe beauty is created."
Outside the fashion show the animal rights protest group demonstrated against the use of fur and leather in the fashion industry.
"We want to inform buyers, designers and consumers about the suffering of animals behind fur, leather and wool. We want to make them aware that there is a lot of vegan and innovative material available out there without animals suffering for it," said Frank Schmidt, spokesperson for the animal rights group PETA.
Berlin's Fashion Week in the highly fitting former department store, Kaufhof Jandorf, runs until January 20th.
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