After a series of innovative analogue and digital on- and off-site events during Berlin Fashion Week, the Fashion Council Germany hosted its first FIRESIDECHAT on a larger scale since the beginning of the pandemic. The exclusive event attracted industry representatives from all over Germany and abroad and provided an interdisciplinary exchange between the European fashion, business and cultural industries. With its FIRESIDECHATs, the Fashion Council Germany has been regularly bringing together the German fashion landscape since 2018 to network and encourage the exchange of ideas in an informal atmosphere.
The event took place at the renowned Borchardt restaurant in Berlin-Mitte. The intimate evening was heralded by an animating speech by Christiane Arp, President of the Fashion Council Germany: "We are delighted to see you all again today. We want to encourage you to talk about how fashion is going to continue. I hope that we will start a dialogue about this here, or continue it and create new alliances."
In addition to the board and members of the Fashion Council Germany, the invited guests* included:
André Maeder (KaDeWe Group), Anita Tillmann (Premium Group), Bettina Böttinger (TV presenter), Bettina Zimmermann (actress), Dr. Christian Ehler (EU Parliament), Constantin Prozorov (Artist), Diana Kinnert (Politician), Esther Perbandt (Esther Perbandt), Iris Berben (Actress), Fiona Bennett (Fiona Bennett), Frank Fischer (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs & Energy), Florian Langenscheidt (Langenscheidt), Friedrich Liechtenstein (Musician), Godfrey Deeny (Journalist), Janina Uhse (Actress), Jasna Fritzi Bauer (actress), Jörg Ehrlich & Otto Drögsler (Odeeh), Karen Boros (Boros Collection), Kristian Schuller (photographer), Luka Sabbat (model), Michael Müller (Governing Mayor of Berlin), Michael Sontag (Michael Sontag), Nadine Warmuth (actress), Valentin von Arnim (Iris von Arnim) William Fan (William Fan), Zoe Helali (model) and many more.
Summing up, the voices on the repositioning of Berlin Fashion Week - also thanks to the support of the Berlin Senate Department for Economy, Energy and Business - are positive throughout and give hope for a groundbreaking future in which Fashion Weeks are a stage for innovative, sustainable and enlightening formats - in which designers and brands can present their vision of the future. Scott Lipinski, Managing Director of the Fashion Council Germany is firmly convinced of the success of the new orientation: "Berlin has shown itself from its best side, creatively, innovatively and sustainably. For example, the numerous concepts submitted for the STUDIO2RETAIL initiative, which was launched in cooperation with the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Business, are proof that Berlin has incredible potential to take on an incredibly important positioning."
Mandie Bienek, Chairwoman of the Fashion Council Germany, also expressed her optimism: "Berlin is back. And with it our FIRESIDECHAT. We are incredibly happy that the fashion industry can come together physically again. Exchange and networking - that's the idea behind our format. This time, we have also invited people from all sectors for the first time. It was important to us to bring creatives from fashion, art, film and music together again and to provide space for reconnecting and confidence.