Berlin Fashion Week’s summer edition ignited the capital city with a dynamic display of freedom, inclusion, and boundless creativity. At the heart of this fashion extravaganza, Neo.Fashion.2023 emerged as a creative hub for emerging designers, offering a unique platform for them to shine. Over the course of two exhilarating days, the historic Alte Münze Berlin played host to a captivating blend of fashion, innovation, and inspiration, captivating the imaginations of over 2000 visitors. Be the First to Experience the Exquisite Spring/Summer Issue of e-fab; Join the Fab community now!
A Glimpse into Tomorrow’s Fashion: Tuesday, July 11
The first day of Neo.Fashion.2023 was dedicated to showcasing the remarkable talents of over 80 young designers from across Germany. The Graduate Shows took centre stage, highlighting the innovative bachelor’s and master’s collections from nine prestigious universities. From the Akademie für Mode und Design to the Hochschule Hamburg, these emerging talents left the audience awestruck with their extravagant looks, individuality, versatile silhouettes, and visionary sustainable concepts. However, amidst the celebration of these dedicated young designers, a disruptive moment occurred when a PETA activist stormed the runway, casting a perplexing shadow over the event.
Innovation and Inspiration: Wednesday, July 12
The second day of Neo.Fashion.2023 delved deeper into the realms of creativity and innovation. The “Virtual Fashion Show” transported spectators into the future, showcasing the imaginative designs of around twenty talented 3D designers. Under the creative guidance of Julia Braun, digital fashion came to life, captivating the audience with its diversity and pushing the boundaries of traditional design. The winners of this groundbreaking digital show were celebrated in a truly spectacular presentation.
The Aspiring Designers took the stage in two Collective Shows, presenting their unique labels and leaving a lasting impression on the catwalk. DE PRATO, ET | AL, Scyther, SELVA, Sidletskyi, EÄRTHA, JOSEF, ALL EYES ON YOU, CBRS Commerz, L.A.M.E., and RUESGAR enthralled visitors not only with their runway collections but also with their accessible showroom displays. The event further solidified its international reach by hosting five exceptional Ukrainian talents in collaboration with “Look into the Future” and with the support of GiZ – Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH.
A Fusion of Fashion and Art
One standout highlight of Neo.Fashion.2023 was the “Neo.Fashion. Letters – Fashion meets Art” project. Ten life-sized 3D letters spelling out “NEO FASHION” were individually designed by artists, merging fashion and art in a visually stunning manner. These art pieces adorned the Alte Münze venue, fostering a dialogue between two creative realms and underscoring the event’s commitment to diversity. Stay up to date on the newest in the world of Fashion, Arts, Beauty and Lifestyle; Follow FAB on socials.
Neo.Fashion.Award.Show – Celebrating the Best of the Best
The crowning moment of Neo.Fashion.2023 was the prestigious Neo.Fashion. Award Show held on the second evening. The Best Graduates Show showcased the impressive collections of twelve outstanding graduates from esteemed institutions across the country. Led by the Fashion Council Germany (FCG), a distinguished jury recognised exceptional works in the categories of Best Design, Best Sustainability Concept, and Best Craftsmanship.
The Neo.Fashion. Award winners were announced, celebrating their remarkable achievements:
• BEST DESIGN: Fabia Meyer – “Anziehsache” from Hochschule Bielefeld
• BEST SUSTAINABILITY CONCEPT: Yannik Knorn – “Don’t worry Mom. I know all about cannibalism. I saw it on TV.” from Hochschule Hannover
• BEST CRAFTSMANSHIP: Catharina Holtgrave – “Uitstralingskracht” from HAW Hamburg
These talented individuals were honoured with individual mentorship packages from the Neo.Fashion network and the jury, along with sponsored Pfaff sewing machines to support their future endeavours.
A Celebration of Talent and Collaboration
Neo.Fashion.2023 attracted a diverse range of guests from politics, industry, and the media. Figures such as State Secretary Michael Biel and Mauro Grimaldi, AZ Factory Strategic Advisor, were among the attendees, fostering connections and opening doors for potential collaborations. The event served as a meeting point for various stakeholders in the fashion industry, nurturing exchange and collaboration.
Neo.Fashion.2023 once again proved its mettle as an exceptional platform that pushes creative boundaries and propels the careers of young talent. It showcased the future of fashion, emphasising diversity, sustainability, and innovation. As the event concluded, gratitude was extended to all participants, universities, partners, sponsors, and supporters who contributed to this inspiring experience. Through their shared passion for fashion and design, Neo.Fashion.2023 has left an ineffaceable mark on the fashion world, setting the stage for a vibrant and sustainable future in the industry.