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DANNY REINKE

A PIECE OF TULLE

by Berit Großwendt

Elegance meets coolness, tulle blends with tweed, Mary Poppins dances arm-in-arm with Cinderella down the runway. Flamboyant? You bet. A fantastically modern collection from the mind of Danny Reinke, an emerging German design talent. The 24-year-old Berlin resident manages to combine avant-garde streetwear with opulent haute couture; to fuse the artistic with the commercial. His Casual Couture is imbued with traditional craftsmanship, a hint of nostalgia and devotion to sophisticated details. Elaborate beadwork, lavish flounces, exuberant silhouettes and surprise layering define the pieces. Not forgetting the designer’s favoured material: tulle. “I love working with tulle,” explains Danny Reinke. “It allows me to create volume and to bring my fantasies to life.” In his latest collection for the 2017/18 Fall/ Winter season, ‘Secret Desire’, the theme is inner longing, and this is reflected in various shades of red and an incongruous mix of wearable urban looks and an almost magical elegance. Tightly fitting suits are juxtaposed with exaggerated ribbons, virgin wool with duchess satin, and delicate embroidery motifs with brash flap pockets. Danny Reinke developed his love of fashion while still at school. “I completed a course at art college, and afterwards realised that I absolutely wanted to work in fashion,” says the designer, who grew up in a small fishing village in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. After completing his studies at the FahModa academy for art and design in Hannover, he won the European Fashion Award in 2014 with his final-year collection titled ‘MÖN 10’ and with it the chance to showcase his winning pieces at the Berlin and Vancouver fashion weeks. Danny Reinke is now embarking on the challenging task of establishing his own label both nationally and internationally. Eschewing fast fashion, the focus is clearly on high-quality and perfectly crafted items designed for the modern, style-conscious woman and currently made to measure in his Berlin studio. “Fashion is my life. My goal is to be able to make a living from it.”

www.dannyreinke.de

Berlin Fashion Week Magazine #23  

Fall/Winter 2017/18

Berlin Fashion Week Magazine #23  

Fall/Winter 2017/18

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