by Chloe Hines
Defined by a combination of timeless powerhouses and cutting-edge newcomers, the anticipated arrival of Berlin Fashion Week year after year is one of the most exhilarating events in Germany. Through the shows, exhibitions and exclusive after-parties, there is always one designer that emerges from the scene as an iconic representation of the season. This year, that was Ioana Ciolacu.
Trained in architecture, and later in fashion design and technology, Ciolacu’s designs transcend what’s left of traditional gender boundaries. An amalgamation of architectural rigidity and unisex aestheticism, Ciolacu is defining the upcoming season with a refreshingly street-smart ready-to-wear collection that exudes the, “I don’t give a f*** – but I do” Berlin mood. Determined to create a sophisticated street-wear collection that would be both accessible and comfortable for the modern minimalist, Ciolacu launched a diffusion line in 2014 with much success. Her show at Berlin Fashion Week 2016 was playful by means of “panda-style” make-up utilized on each model, as well as a colour palette that softened the entire aesthetic of the show. Not only were the designs and make-up huge hits with high-brow publications and the likes, but her playlist was also a major success – proving that the entire experience lay in the details, rather then simply the fashions.
The newest collection, the Capsule unisex collection, is structurally exquisite and sustainable – all fabric scraps are sent to the Calarasi Village in Romania to supply and maintain the traditional making of rag rugs. The Capsule collection offers the famous “Doodle” items – colorful, block-screen printed sweatshirts that can be personalized with the included water-resistant marker. However, we’re pretty confidant Ciolacu has already made a permanent mark on Berlin.