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Trends Spring/Summer 2019: A yearning for wide, open spaces

12 Jun 2018

Summer is calling and awakening a longing in us for the endlessness of the sea. For the chance to authentically experience foreign cultures. For peaceful summer houses surrounded by dry fields and vast expanses. From natural materials and harmonious colour palettes that remind us of Mediterranean landscapes under a cloudless sky, to folklore details that evoke associations with exotic lifestyles.

The collections oscillate between loud and quiet, strong and delicate, subtle and striking. However, they all have one thing in common: the fact that they are an homage to the vast open spaces awaiting us outside of the cities and their invigorating energy. Whether influenced by the close cooperation with artisan communities around the world and the wish to preserve traditional craftmanship techniques or inspired by the uniqueness of nature – the SS19 collections by the exhibitors of tradeshow duo Greenshowroom and Ethical Fashion Show Berlin are very much conveying a desire for summer, faraway places and freedom.

Ombre Claire

Elegance is reflected in delicate details, exquisite shapes and the careful selection of raw materials. And that is exactly what the contemporary jewellery by Parisian label Ombre Claire prides itself on. But for designer Aude Durou, however, there is a lot more to the term elegance: such as a cooperative spirit and respect for everyone involved. Her designs are brought to life by Tuareg artisans in Niger and Mali and are inspired by encounters with the Saharan culture and the designer’s imagination. The motto of the current collection is “Eclipse”: silver coins are filled with dark ebony while rings of planets and solar systems are revolving around themselves and taking us back in time to the 1970s.


Quirky. Unique. Bold. In their designs, the two designers behind the label Komana, Livia and Nina Henne, combine their fascination for folklore with the visionary world of artists and the wonders of nature. Graphic prints are always the centrepiece of their collections. For the upcoming warm season, the Swiss sisters are putting their own spin on polka dots, for example. And digital prints meet block prints by Indian artisans who are keeping their traditions alive. Handpicked ecologically and fairly produced materials serve as a canvas for their ideas. Delicate, loose-fitting silk tops and trousers form a contrast to utility bodywarmers made of handwoven cotton.

Jungle Folk

Dry hay fields, summer houses and the simple country life – behind the SS19 collection by Swiss label Jungle Folk is the idea of a slowed-down summer. Classic beige and black are complemented by highlights in blue, cassis and egg yolk. Feminine linen dresses and jumpsuits that waft in the summer breeze meet high-cut trousers and oversized jackets made of handwoven silk-denim fabrics. And in the coming season it is once again the mix of modernity and timelessness paired with high-quality fabrics and production in small cooperatives and manufactories that is making the collection so extraordinary.

Suite 13

Timeless and original. Clean and natural. Those are the hallmarks that distinguish Spanish label Suite 13. And the brand is also continuing to stay true to these principles for this coming spring/summer season. Vibrant colours meet neutral tones that conjure memories of Mediterranean landscapes. At the focus of the SS19 collection is a print that references female beauty as artistic sketches of different women’s bodies. Natural materials such as linen, most of which are produced in Spain, are turned into elegant, purist styles in small workshops in Barcelona. 


The creation of the perfect swimsuit that effortlessly combines style, sustainability and functionality – it was with this ambition that Mareen Burk launched her Hamburg label Mymarini. The result is an ethical swimwear collection for surfers and everyone interested in water, sports, style and protecting our planet. The yarns and labels come from Germany, the fabrics from Italy and the production takes place in Croatia. And the highlight: the styles are reversible and therefore offer two designs in one. In the SS19 collection, golden edging and strong colour combinations including pink and red are providing eye-catching highlights.


“Because there is no planet B” – that’s the motto of Spanish label Ecoalf. For the upcoming spring and summer season, the brand, which is renowned for its innovative recycling, is presenting the three themes Ocean, Habana and Studio. Inspired by Cuban flair, for its Habana line Ecoalf is combining local fabrics like hemp with structured, flowing textiles and natural colour tones with new prints. As part of its “Upcycling the Oceans” project, the label is also launching a new swimwear line made of recycled PET bottles recovered from the sea in Thailand.

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