BACKSTAGE: VLADIMIR KARALEEV
Keywords that run through a lot of the designers’ visions at Berlin Fashion Week is originality, one of a kind and unique. Vladimir Karaleev is no exception. But there is something different about his production as a designer; every piece is handmade and therefore every piece develops into a personal statement for the one who wears it. This is a clear move that makes him stand out from the other creative designers in the fashion industry – and it works. Vladimir Karaleev is without question in another league. There is a reason why he was chosen by Christiane Arp, editor-in-chief of Vogue Germany to participate in Vogue Salon as well as being a part of the official program of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin since 2011.
For the SS15 show he chose to invite his guests into an exciting universe created especially for the collection. It was like walking into a fairytale that underlined his fresh, new designs which was a lot less traditionally classic, but more playful and experimenting. This collection is a lot brighter in its colours than his latest collections and the silhouettes less Parisian lady-like. His use of different kind of fabrics like neoprene and plastic makes us consider the meaning of clothes because he thinks so innovatively – even though he works with rough edges and unusual, harder materials his clothes is still graphically appealing.
He always succeeds in making a woman look sexy while only revealing a tiny bit of her body, which is one of the hardest things to do. This time he did it with a sporty, more youthful twist to it and a lot less cute and soft look. The clothes indisputably shined on it’s own, only accompanied by a few funky accessories like maxi-sunglasses and red details on the girl’s shoes. No make-up or funny hair needed.
The magic is in the (subtle) details.