We could start by talking about the fashion shows that we have attended during the 3 days that we have been in Berlin, the showrooms that we have visited or the social events that we have been lucky enough to share with our press colleagues. Of course, each one of the activities included in the program contributes something to the experience as a whole. But the big question and the first issue we should address is, what makes Berlin Fashion Week different from other fashion events in other European capitals? A question that requires leaving aside the most superficial side of the sector, trends and media booms, and delving into much more transcendental issues that promise to become agents of change in the fashion industry.
Its first distinctive feature? The strong commitment to sustainability. We already anticipated it when we spoke with Orsola de Castro, founder of Fashion Revolution, a few days ago. She has been one of the protagonists of Estethica, a platform that through very interesting talks, presentations and workshops has allowed us to reconnect with the values on which current fashion should be based. Nor can we forget our conversation with Magdalena Schaffrin a few days before Berlin Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2023 kicked off. The organiser of 202030 - The Berlin Fashion Summit has also been one of the essential profiles of this edition of the event, being the first time that it was held only physically.
But let's go one step further. Berlin is not the only European capital that is betting on environmental commitment as a necessary driver of urgent change in the sector. Its great strength lies in making fashion a multi-sensory experience with which to get to know the city, its culture, its music and its art, while you see the collections of its best designers first-hand. From shows in industrial warehouses to projects to promote Ukrainian fashion, set with dinners where networking with the rest of the industry agents or visits to ateliers to be able to witness live how the artisans' work is encouraged. And the designers, of course, whose work we now break down into what have been our favourite collections of this edition.