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Final report Greenshowroom & Ethical Fashion Show Berlin January 2017: Record numbers at the Postbahnhof – and eco-fashion more significant than ever

20 Jan 2017

Substantial increase in visitors as mainstream retailers recognise the potential of green fashion

Fashion shows wow buyers and VIPs alike

With every ticket sold at the Postbahnhof venue, substantially increased visitor numbers and a variety of enthralling innovations, Greenshowroom and the Ethical Fashion Show Berlin have now ended, after three highly three successful and action-packed days. “The duo of green trade fairs won over their audiences with the extremely high quality of the collections displayed within a newly expanded space. The high visitor numbers seen on all three days of the events prove to us that the great diversity of what we are offering is of genuine appeal. Particularly from mainstream retailers, we are registering even higher levels of interest,” says Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt. With 179 international labels*, the pair of trade fairs has once again earned its place both as the main platform for ecologically and fairly produced fashion during Berlin Fashion Week and as a unique hotspot within Europe for sustainable fashion.

At Greenshowroom, a total of 40 international contemporary labels were on display. There, designers wowed audiences with their skilful mixing of styles, as glamour was excitingly combined with sporting chic. For the coming autumn/winter season, more colourful and contrasting looks are on trend. These include broad silhouettes combined with tailored fits and dusky tones set against showy colours. “We’ve enjoyed three very successful days. As well as our many existing clients, the newly added ‘Active Slow’ area has made a positive impact and enabled us to hold some good conversations,” explains Florian Werner, Managing Director of Werner Schuhe. At the Ethical Fashion Show Berlin, 139 different labels successfully showcased a wide variety of looks for the next autumn/winter season. Buyers and In an expanded space, industry players were exposed to a broad spectrum of sophisticated fashion.

“We’ve been involved right from the very start and love exhibiting at the Ethical Fashion Show Berlin,” Bert van Son, Managing Director of Mud Jeans explains enthusiastically. “We are really happy about the growth in the two events and are pleased to have taken part in the new Sportswear International area in the club. Both German and international retailers have placed orders with us and were excited by our concept.”

Retailers confirm increasing demand for eco-fashion

The trend is continuing – more and more mainstream retailers are visiting Berlin as they plan to give a platform to eco-fashion. “It’s our first time here and we’ve placed orders right away. In doing this, we’re responding to the ever-increasing demand for green fashion from our customers and are expanding our range with attractive new lines,” reports Axel Haubrok of the Susanne Kissel fashion house in Speyer, south-west Germany. There was also an appreciable rise in the number of international visitors to the shows.

A high energy display opportunity for designers
At the “Salonshow”, selected Greenshowroom designers were able to showcase some of the most exciting trends in contemporary fashion for A/W 2017/18. For the first time ever, Messe Frankfurt arranged for the catwalk show to take place in Berlin’s Energieforum, a dynamic setting for the highlights of the new collections. The show included pieces from a highly varied selection of current labels, including outfits by, Biaggi, Blue Valley, Inti Ferreira, Johanna Riplinger, Lanius, LaniusXKunert, Royal Blush, Studio Elsien Gringhuis, Studio Jux and Xess+Baba. “The Salonshow was a complete success,” says Katharina Ley, Head of PR at Lanius. “It gave us a great opportunity to present our partnership with Kunert on the runway. We had goose bumps when we saw the front row nicely full of top journalists and celebrities like Eva Padberg, and the bright eyes of the sell-out audience.” Musical accompaniment was provided by Mischa Blanos.

During the “Ethical Fashion on Stage” catwalk show, international casual designers showcased a broad selection from their A/W collections. The show included new items from the following labels that were exhibiting at the Ethical Fashion Show Berlin:
B Frog, C. Pauli, Chapati, Colombo3, Elementum, Greenbomb, Jaspe, Komodo, Myssyfarmi, Naturaline, Organication, Shirts for life and Tranquillo. To finish the show, lavera Naturkosmetik presented the collection of the winner of the January 2016 lavera Green Fashion Award: Paul Iby & Johanna Winklhofer. The soundtrack was supplied by Delfonic.

“Prepeek” – opening new routes of communication
With PrePeek, the organisers of the trade fair duo for the first time arranged a blogger and influencer initiative – in cooperation with Hamburg-based fashion website and with support from Weleda. Thanks to the many bloggers and influencers who took part, the event, which received great feedback, was a resounding success. Those taking part chose items from the collections of the participating labels and included them in photo shoots to present to their online communities. In this way, new routes of communication were opened, via the bloggers and influencers, to consumer audiences.

The next editions of Greenshowroom and the Ethical Fashion Show
Berlin will be held from 4 to 6 July 2017.

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Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH
Stefan Jakob
Tel.: +49 69 757 575 5822

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*Comparison: 168 labels in June 2016

Background information on Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is one of the world’s leading trade fair organisers, generating more than €640* million in sales and employing 2,364* people. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of 30 subsidiaries and 55 international Sales Partners, allowing it to serve its customers on location in more than 175 countries. Messe Frankfurt events take place at more than 50 locations around the globe. In 2016, Messe Frankfurt headed up a total of 138* trade fairs, of which more than half took place outside Germany. Comprising an area of 592,127 square metres, Messe Frankfurt’s exhibition grounds are home to ten exhibition halls. The company also operates two congress centres. The historic Festhalle, one of the most popular venues in Germany, plays host to events of all kinds. Messe Frankfurt is publicly owned, with the City of Frankfurt holding a 60% share and the State of Hesse a 40% share. For more information, please visit
* provisional figures 2016