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Designer Spotlight: Lala Berlin

All photos courtesy of mbfashionweek.com


This past week I had the opportunity to travel to Berlin. The city itself is warm and welcoming, the culture is thriving, the boutiques are beautiful, and the fashion is out of this world.

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Berlin was taking place during my stay, so of course I had to scope out the designers who were showing. I think I found a new favorite designer along the way.

Lala Berlin was founded in 2005 by designer Lelya Piedayesh (Lala for short). In just a few short years she developed a successful label, which is currently sold in over 150 boutiques worldwide and online. The label itself captures the German capital perfectly; it’s cool, innovative and fashion forward.

This season’s looks did not fail to encompass the spirit of Berlin. Flawless leather, lace, and heavy knits strutted the runway in a fall/winter collection worthy of any modern Berlin girl. My favorite looks were perfectly executed in styling and design (shown below). I was in awed by the lace panels seen in the floor-length black dress (lead image). My first thought was, “I could wear that walking down Elmwood Ave … right?

The next jaw-dropper was a pair of leather skinnies paired back with an oversized cream knit sweater, layered over a lace shirt long enough to peek out from underneath. The designer has a keen eye for contemporary knits and a modern approach to wearing them during these brutally cold winter months.

One of my favorite pieces was a sweater that read Werdet wild & tut was Schönes (Get wild and do what’s beautiful), which I feel sums up Lelya Piedayesh’s overall design perspective. Elements such as this couple playfulness with serious, functional fashion. It’s rare that a designer can get that formula right—especially alongside chic styling and immaculate execution.

I’m definitely going to be channeling my a Berlin-cool-girl vibe over the next few Buffalo winter months. Taking inspiration from Lala Berlin’s latest collection and her eye for style—I might even be looking forward to the cold!


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