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FASHION WEEK BERLIN: BOBBY KOLADE A/W15

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Walking towards Berghain, even though knowing you‘re definitely getting in, is still as intimidating as ever. Bobby Kolade who is a fan of the club himself, presented his collection at Halle am Berghain today at noon. As raw and grey as the venue was, his collection was the exact opposite of it.

 “The colours are radiant, not your average winter palette. I can’t handle working with dark colours when it’s dark outside anyway.“

 Thirty two looks were showcased on models who were struggling a bit with walking on the uneven concrete ground. But the outfits and live music by MAMA made up for that. Bobby Kolade is the newcomer to watch, this is what he had to say about…

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THE SIGNATURE STYLE

My favourite hashtag is #womeninsuits. I think that says it all. There is no single piece of clothing that is as international as the suit, and I’ve spent almost two years now getting the fit right.

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THE CITY

I live and love in Berlin. The fashion here on the street is nonchalant. The fashion shown during fashion week – in most cases sadly not reflective of the energy here.

In fact the new collection is all about our studio courtyard. The courtyard downstairs is in a state of constant frenzy; a mosque, an Afro-Punjab supermarket, a bustling hardware store and other artists on the floor beneath us share it. The collection celebrates the different groups of people that use this courtyard, and the way their clothing communicates their background or occupation.

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THE COLLECTION

 I wanted something that reflects the international style I think defines BOBBY KOLADE; a look that unifies elements from different cultures, a hybrid of styles and shapes. I never start with one particular vision. The vision takes on form with time. I can only ever truly say what this season is about a couple of days before the show, when everything falls into place.

The concept is a complete reference to our courtyard and all the people that enliven it. 

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THE STRONGEST PIECE

 I’d usually say I can’t decide (what‘s the strongest piece) but this time there’s undoubtedly a highlight: the hybrid coats. One side is made of minwenda fabric traditionally worn by women in a former South African homeland called Venda. The other side is made of wool and it’s lined with silk. Both sides can be belted together with a belt that is reminiscent of Japanese Geishas.

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