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Berlin Brands: Alpha Cruxis

by Zoë Noble

It fills me with warm fuzzies when I discover a new brand that makes me go weak at the knees AND it’s based in Berlin. Alpha Cruxis is one of those brands.

Created by Australian designer Rebecca Martin, Alpha Cruxis has just released its debut bag collection named “Geometry”, which combines stunning craftmanship with exquisite sculptural forms. Each piece is cut, sewn and finished by hand,  and boy does it show. Looking more like works of art than something you’d throw your loose change in, these babies are VERY high on my wish list.

Alpha Cruxis Geometry Bag

Alpha Cruxis Geometry Bag

Alpha Cruxis Geometry Bag

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Fashion Freitag: Festive Fluoro

by Zoë Noble

Well Berlin has finally gone full force into scary winter and as much as I love the pretty white streets, my wardrobe has gone into survival mode in response. This unfortunately means wearing clothes to match my mood, so it’s black, black and a little bit more black for good measure! To cheer myself up I’m posting some of my favourite neon pieces to get me out of my funk. Please be warned though that only ONE item of neon should ever be worn otherwise you may be mistaken for a cyber goth or mentally unstable person. Enjoy!

Nail varnish: Illamasqua | Jacket: ACNE | Ring: Joomi Lim | Shirt: Equipment | Bag: Alexander Wang | Bracelet: Givenchy | Bag: Alexander Wang | Bag: ACNE

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Fashion Freitag: Fall Favourites

by Zoë Noble

Hooray for Herbst! I’m really glad Berlin is now heading into fall and we’re waving goodbye to sweaty summer. Don’t get me wrong, summer is lovely for dining outside with friends, barbecueing in the park and relaxing by one of Berlin’s many lakes BUT it’s so boring in terms of what you can wear! I just live in long dresses and sandals to keep cool but as soon as the first leaves start to fall I’m throwing on every bit of wool I own for a much needed change. I also seem to own a ridiculous amount of coats and jackets (what kind of Geordie am I!?) and being able to start dusting them off and give them an airing is very satisfying. Hopefully we’ll get a bit of time before scary Berlin winter hits but in the meantime, here are a few of my favourite fall items.

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Bracelet: Givenchy | T-shirt: Givenchy | Jacket: ACNE | Earring: Givenchy | Boots: ACNE | Bag: Phillip Lim

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Photo Shoot: NAME: vintage store

by Zoë Noble

Recently I had the amazing opportunity to work with the new store NAME: vintage, and shoot their Autumn campaign. Cleverly named “Trench Kiss”, the concept was to showcase some of their stunning trenches and beautifully curated vintage clothing and use Berlin as our backdrop. Even more amazing was that übercool Berlin makeup brand uslu airlines provided the most beautiful lipsticks and nail polish for our make up artist Jana Kalgajeva to work with. Here are some of my favourite photos and you can see all the shots, including some from behind the scenes, on my Facebook Page. If you like what you see, like my Page to see more shoots and streetstyle.

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Model: Veronika Kochubey (Co-owner of NAME: vintage)
Makeup and hair: Jana Kalgajeva
Lipsticks and nail polish: uslu airlines

See all the shots from the shoot on my Facebook Page.

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Berlin Fashion Week SS13: Impressions

by Zoë Noble

See some of my street style shots from Berlin Fashion Week SS13 on Sleek Magazine.

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Bread & Butter Summer 2012

by Guest Blogger

We love Bread & Butter Berlin but we’ve been to every BBB event since we moved here (and one before that!)… we figured it was time to get someone else’s impressions of the world’s awesomest fashion tradeshow. So we sent along David Yates, from the excellent expat blog andBerlin, to check out all the action.  

Bread & Butter Summer 2012 polo

When James and Zoë gave me the opportunity to go to The Rock – Bread & Butter Berlin’s Summer 2012 event at Tempelhof Airport – I was delighted. Not only would I get the chance to experience a major fashion event, I would be inside a Berlin landmark that I’ve been meaning to take a tour of for a while now. And I wasn’t disappointed.

Bread & Butter Summer 2012 check-in

Walking into the main building I was immediately in awe of the monumental check in area. And walking into the exhibition space I got my first glimpse of the huge array of goods on display.

Bread & Butter Summer 2012 stands

Bread & Butter Summer 2012 tie dye

I’m no fashionista but I’ve always loved clothes and I’ve got a thing for watches and sunglasses so I was like the proverbial kid in a candy store.

Bread & Butter Summer 2012 watches

Bread & Butter Summer 2012 sunglasses

My lasting impression of the show was the stallholders’ clever use of merchandising to represent their brands. Tote bags were popular with everyone but there were also key rings, fingerboards, water bottles and one of my personal favourites, Pepe’s mobile phone handsets (as well as their “I’m with Pepe” t-shirts). But the real stand out had to be Tom Tailor’s Polo matches, played on the airport’s apron in a sand arena with an inflatable ball.

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Bread & Butter Summer 2012 Pepe's phone

And I wonder, will rainbow coloured hair be the next big thing?

Bread & Butter Summer 2012 rainbow

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Fashion Freitag: Summer Lovin’

by Zoë Noble

Sunglasses: Illesteva Leonard | Dress: Lisa Marie for Peter Pilotto | Bracelet: Joomi Lim | Ring: Joomi Lim | Shoes: B Store | Bag: Comme Des Garçons

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Andreas Murkudis Concept Store

by Zoë Noble

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Berlin, you temptress you. Here I was, counting my pennies like a good girl, and you’ve only gone and opened up a concept store that makes me want to sell everything I own and clean them out Victoria Beckham stylee. Andreas Murkudis sits in the former Tagesspiegel building in northern Schöneberg and this light, airy space is more reminiscent of an art gallery than your average designer store.

With collections, all handpicked by Murkudis himself, from the likes of Céline, Dries van Noten and Maison Martin Margiela – and some right bobby dazzler (Geordie for beautiful) homewares – I ooh-ed and ahh-ed my way around the store. I became mesmerized by one of the Bi-Cabas Céline totes (pictured below) that has been on my “if I ever win the lottery” list… very, VERY tempting. One more visit to this she-devil of a store and I might just be swayed!

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Andreas Murkudis 1

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What I’m Wearing: Olive’s First Fashion Shoot

by Zoë Noble

Olive needs a little bit more practice modelling perhaps, as she has a tendency to run in the opposite direction, but she nailed her close-up!

Dress: Kenneth Cole | Shoes: Phillip Lim | Necklace: One | Leggings: COS | Sunglasses: I.a.Eyeworks

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REFOUND Design and Vintage Market

by James Glazebrook

REFOUND design and vintage market

Don’t know what to do with yourself now that the sun has finally hit Berlin? This Saturday, check out REFOUND Market, “where vintage and design meet”. The indoor-outdoor market is an offshoot of REFOUND, an exhibition that combines contemporary design pieces with antique furniture, and will feature works by 15 local designers together along with carefully selected vintage pieces. Shoppers can browse chic clothes and furnishings while enjoying a coffee, home-made pies and cupcakes in the sun. See you down there!

When?
Saturday 28th April from 12:00 till 19:00

Where?

Agora Collective
Mittelweg 50
Neukölln
Berlin 12053

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