Mini fashion weeks may take place from Miami to Moscow, but few resonate like that of Berlin, which wrapped up on January 24. Why? Well, for one, there's plenty of demand, so the supply is more refined. Germany is Europe's largest economy. That means for brands like Allude, a contemporary knitwear label based in Munich but with a following across Europe, it's smart to show there. Learn about our favorite collections after the jump.
c.neeon Long before wild ethnic prints were de rigueur, Berlin-based duo c.neeon were creating bold, other-worldly designs that were beautiful and crazy all at once. This season, the label leaned more towards the beautiful, with prints in muted pastels and dusty browns. In the end, it meant a more wearable collection. We're sure buyers at boutiques like Eva New York, which stocks the brand, were pleased with the results. Allude Designer Andrea Karg, who showed for the first time at New York Fashion Week for the spring 2010 shows, always delivers wearable separates that that offer a bit more design than your typical knitwear label. We loved the asymmetrical orange skirt in the look shown, but were also fans of Karg's burgundy cowl neck sweater dress. The label wants to increase its US presence. Sounds like a good idea to us: Its slouchy, mix-and-match aesthetic blends seamlessly into what women here are wearing on the street. Michael Sontag There's something about Sontag's work that reminds us of Maria Cornejo--the fluidity, the simplicity and the interest in shape. However, Berlin-based designer's work is a bit more preppy, less bohemian. We'd wear nearly every piece in the collection, minus the oversize pants, which could make Olive Oil look like a heifer. Our favorite, however, was this grey dress, which used elements of a cape, sailor jacket and circle dress to create a dynamite look for day or evening. Don't be surprised to see Sontag showing in New York or Milan sooner than later.