There have been a few changes in Berlin Fashion Week that I am not happy about. First of all, the location changed, it moved from the charmingly central Brandenburger Gate to the further district of Wedding. And I have a saying, ‘Nothing good can come out of Wedding!!!’ Of course, this is said tongue in cheek but…
Then we have the fact that a lot of the major designers like Hugo Boss keep leaving Berlin to show in other cities. Yes, I understand the commercial and financial reasons why these designers would actually want to show in the fashion capitals of the world, but if the Berlin fashion industry is ever to grow to its full potential, it needs those designers to give the event credibility, draw in the heavy-hitting press, buyers and so on.
And onto the money aspect, I got majorly disheartened when I was talking to a model and learnt that less than a handful of designers showing were actually paying the models to walk in their collections this season.
So you see, the whole she-bang suddenly started looking rather bleak and pointless.
But I am not one to dwell in gloom, the beat was still going on, and I decided to keep up with it by not going to see the shows but to go to the evening events instead, that were close to where I live!
On the first day of Berlin fashion week (7/7/2014), there was a fashion presentation and showroom at the Club Der Polnishcen Versager, held by fashion designer, Penelope’s Sphere and RB Jewels.
As the sun was shining brightly, I decided to celebrate by wearing a turban. I havn’t worn one in about a year, as last year I had got so addicted to them. My Lord, did it feel good to tie one again!!
As you can see, I am all about ACCESSORIES! So imagine the kind of elation I felt when I stepped into the showroom and saw these jaw-dropping beauties by RB Jewels from her debut collection titled, L’Art De Bijoux.
This is just the tip of the iceberg with regards to Natia Bakhtadze’s work, it’s as if the Georgian designer read my mind when it comes to jewellery design. I love jewellery that screams- GLOBAL TRAVELLER! Jewellery that shows the artist was so inspired by their trips abroad that they could actually translate their experiences into beautiful and timeless pieces of artwork.
The aptly titled, L’Art De Bijoux is a collection made out of an array of colours, metals, textures, stones and embellishment. When looking at the collection’s product cards, descriptions jump out at you like: pink neon beads, coral beads, neon crocheted thread, silver and pearl, chain and feathers…Amazing!
And what’s more, considering the craftsmanship that went into creating this collection, her pieces are marvelously affordable with prices starting as low as 22 euros (for a pair of earrings) and going up to about 198 euros for the more complex and layered necklaces.
If I possessed her show-stopping accessories, I wouldn’t keep them in a jewellery box, I would hang them proudly in strategic places around my flat!
I also managed to interview the designer herself, but this will serve as an exclusive for the magazine I work for: OE Magazine, so I can’t dish the dirt on this platform. I can say that it felt so good when she complimented me on my necklace, that’s a hell of a stamp of approval to me! It was also great to learn that she was a fellow vintage lover, who was intent on making ‘collectible items’.
I left the event feeling very happy indeed, because I had spoken to like-minded people and felt I had discovered someone truly special and talented: this is the great thing about Fashion Week.
RB Jewels will soon be able to be purchased at her e-commerce store, www.rosebertinscloset.com
What am I wearing? Vintage dress, necklace and snake bracelet from Portobello Market (London), Earrings from Claire’s Accessories, tan sandals from Office, gold cuff was a gift, red oversized leather bag is from my Darling Sister, belt is from Just Landed Berlin and turban is made from a piece of material I bought from a Lagos market.