Whilst hunting down a train station to head off and do some sightseeing we stumbled across one of the Berlin Fashion Week locations, which was kicking off the very next day. The catwalks were having the finishing touches applied – some seemed to be cutting it very fine, still applying layers of paint the day before (MAC, I’m looking at you); others were already cracking into the champagne (Armani).
We spied an entrance to the showroom for commercial buyers which had a very convenient lack of security, and wandered straight in. A lot of people were buzzing around, hopping out of taxis straight from the airport, frantically setting up, dressed quite casually being the set up day, and roughly our age, so we slipped right in unnoticed. We were also aided by the fact that all the really fashionable types were FAR too cool to wear their ID lanyards.
It was quite fun to stroll around the stands set up to attract commercial buyers – they were so elaborately designed! From one that was set up to look like a beach (sand and everything) to another in an old double decker bus and some beautiful displays of the clothes and shoes, it was rather quite entertaining. I wish I could have taken more photos, but that would definitely have given the game away.
Final lesson of the day was to brace yourselves for an onslaught of pastel coloured jeans, shoes, chinos, shirts, everything. There was just so much pastel.