Ahead of the next run of Berlin trade shows, we find out what a selection of key brands has to offer and what buyers will be looking for.
Elisa Cavaletti’s spring 16 collection is inspired by Italian cinema, in particular the films of Federico Fellini. Staple summer colours such as white, beige and pastels are broken up with flashes of neon and military-inspired shades such as olive green and khaki. Natural, light fabrics such as cotton and linen form the basis of the collection, while inserts of lace and broderie anglaise add interest to blouses and dresses. Wholesale prices range from £33 to £59 for blouses and from £45 to £75 for outerwear.
Elisa Cavaletti will exhibit at Panorama.
07876 333397 Danieladallavalle.com
Like many brands, Luisa Cerano has taken inspiration from the 1960s and 1970s, but here efforts have been made to ensure that the collection retains a clean, modern feel. The retro feel nevertheless comes through in fringed waistcoats and flared jeans. Spring outerwear is a key product area, with a trench and a 100% goat-suede boxy zippered jacket expected to prove popular. Wholesale prices start at £21 for a T-Shirt, while outerwear is priced from £171.
Luisa Cerano will exhibit at Panorama.
020 7323 6100 Luisacerano.com
Dutch label Sandwich has opted for a muted colour palette of neutrals and pastels mixed with greens and greys. A feminine floral camouflage is a key print and appears on a casual tunic dress with a tie belt, a top and a skirt. Other key pieces include a skinny trouser in ‘baby’ corduroy and a jersey blazer. Wholesale prices for dresses range from £32 to £43, while jackets range from £36 to £47.
Sandwich will exhibit at Panorama.
020 7751 9000 Sandwich.eu
From hippie bohemia to full-blown glamour, the 1970s reign supreme for autumn 15 at Manchester short order brand Glamorous. The range combines more casual elements, such as jeans and corduroy trousers, with statement pieces such as sequined dresses and jumpsuits with plunging necklines. Pussy-bow blouses, flares, polo-neck knits and maxi dresses are among the other key pieces, with fake fur detailing and vintage-inspired prints adding to the retro appeal. Wholesale prices range from £3.50 to £15 for tops, while dresses range from £5.50 to £18. Jackets range from £10 to £35.
Glamorous will exhibit at Panorama.
0161 819 2229 Glamorous.com
Camel Active’s men’s and women’s wear collections have both been heavily influenced by the sea and designed with outdoorsy lifestyles in mind. In womenswear, there has been an increased emphasis on fit, with pieces such as bomber jackets and trench coats designed to flatter. Floral prints and pastel tones add a feminine touch. For men, practical anoraks and parkas are reimagined in bright colours and camouflage prints. Denim is a key focus across both ranges: a women’s denim jacket is embellished with leather, while for men it’s all about distressed, bleached jeans. Wholesale prices are yet to be confirmed.
Camel Active will exhibit at Panorama.
0161 234 0999 Camelactive.de
Femininity is the foundation of Frank Lyman’s spring 16 collection with pink, in all its variations, dominating the colour palette. Bold floral prints on floaty chiffon blouses and dresses add to this mood. As a counterpoint, monochrome remains key, with scuba and mesh fabrics adding a modern feel to the range. Jumpsuits, tunic tops and a long duster coat with a jewelled belt are predicted to be among the brand’s bestselling pieces. Wholesale prices range from £40 for a tunic to £75 for a dress.
Frank Lyman will exhibit at Panorama.
0141 204 0699 Franklyman.com
Johnstons of Elgin
For spring 16, knitwear label Johnstons of Elgin focused on creating lightweight layers that can be easily slipped on and off as the temperature changes. Ultra-fine cashmere sweaters are among the brand’s key pieces, as is a gauzy cable-knit and a loose-fitting wrap. Watercolour floral prints and a fresh colour palette add to the summery feel. Wholesale prices start at £26 for a silk/merino/cashmere blend scarf, while at the top end a printed 100% cashmere scarf is priced at £83.
Johnstons of Elgin will exhibit at Premium.
020 7227 3131 Johnstonscashmere.com
An easy elegance lies at the heart of Joseph Ribkoff’s spring 16 collection, with an emphasis on soft, draped silhouettes, light, sheer layers and asymmetrical lines. A bold colour palette of turquoise, poppy red, pink and royal blue is offset by a number of more understated monochrome styles. Key patterns include graphic windowpane checks and stripes, which sit alongside classic summer florals on dresses, tops and jackets. Wholesale prices range from £27 for a camisole to £125 for a dress.
Joseph Ribkoff will exhibit at Panorama.
0800 294 3373 Josephribkoff.com
For spring 16, Skunkfunk has divided its collection into three lines. The first of these, Legacy, pays tribute to Skunkfunk’s heritage as an urban young fashion brand. The second, Casual, includes a new range of raincoats, as well as printed pieces designed in collaboration with French graphic artist Tina Tictone. The third, Boutique, is a more feminine line consisting of tops and dresses in lightweight, fluid fabrics. Wholesale prices start at £12 for a T-shirt, ranging to £29.50 for a dress.
Skunkfunk will exhibit at Panorama.
020 7702 0203 Skunkfunk.com
Outerwear specialists G-Lab have focused on creating trans-seasonal pieces that work equally well in the city or the countryside. Made from light, breathable materials, the range is fully windproof and waterproof. For women, key new styles include the pea coat-inspired Marais jacket and Caline, a short stylish bomber jacket. For men, the military-inspired Rambler style and Endeavour, a light summer parka, are expected to be among the bestsellers. Wholesale prices range from €115 to €189 (£83 to £136).
G-Lab will exhibit at Premium.
020 7702 0203 G-lab.com
What the buyers say
“This coming season I will be attending Scoop and Pure in the UK, as well as Premium and Show & Order in Berlin. I hope to find some new premium brands in Berlin. The pound is very strong at the moment, so I’m looking to find some exciting European brands that will drive my margin and are not yet represented in the UK. It will be my first visit to the shows in Berlin, so it will be interesting to see how they compare to Copenhagen and Paris.”
Liz Jefferson, owner of womenswear indie Doodie Stark in Lindfield, West Sussex
“We are always on the lookout for something new or something different, whatever that ‘something’ is! You generally know it when you see it. If that fails to materialise, then we also use the shows as a preview for those suppliers we already buy from. In my opinion, Panorama is now the best mainstream menswear show on the circuit. We usually attend the Berlin shows each season as there is always a lot to see.”
Matthew Rawlings, director of department store Coes, Ipswich, and treasurer of the IMC buying group
“I won’t be doing Berlin. I haven’t been for the last four seasons or so, largely because Bread & Butter failed to impress. With attending Pitti Uomo, Capsule and Man in Paris, and the Las Vegas shows, we are able to find what we need to be inspired for the following season.”
Ravi Grewal, senior director at menswear indie Stuarts in west London
Bread & Butter – July 7-9
+49 30 400 440
Premium – July 8-10
+49 30 629 0850
Panorama – July 7-9
+49 275 956040
Show & Order – July 7-9
+49 30 577 04181
Bright – July 8-10
+49 69 669 62157
Seek – July 8-10
+49 30 208 8913400