Cultural Capitals: Berlin
Denny Lee of The New York Times calls the city akin to “New York City in the 1980s … rents are cheap, graffiti is everywhere and the air crackles with a creativity that comes only from a city in transition.” In a multimedia slideshow accompanying the Times piece “36 Hours in Berlin,” get a view of the city’s psychedelic lounges, stylish young residents, impressive architecture, like the glass-ceiling train station and the floating sauna at Badeschiff, and typically European flea markets and cozy cafes.
Berlin held its first Fashion Week in July 2007. Before the big event, some of fashion’s key players wondered just how the city’s quirky fashion sense would play out on stage. According to NPR, Melissa Drier, German Correspondent for Woman’s Wear Daily, was unsure of whether “unglamorous Berlin, with its preference for street style over designer labels can or should be the next Paris.” Said Drier, “I think we first have to let Berlin be Berlin, and let people take advantage of that.”