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Inside Berlin Fashion Week’s Ethical Fashion Show

On January 15th 2019, Neonyt presented its neo-new view on fashion to an international audience at Ewerk Berlin. Curated by renowned fashion stylist and co-founder of the Fashion Council Germany Claudia Hofmann, the show presented state-of-the-art sustainable fashion in a way the world has never seen before.

BERLIN, GERMANY – JANUARY 15: Coat, sweater and trousers by Lanius, shoes by Alina Schuerfeld, a hat by Spatz Hutdesign, a ring by Mies Nobis, walks the runway at the NEONYT show during the Berlin Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2019 at ewerk on January 15, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for NEONYT)

The concept behind the production addressed the idea of diversity reflected in the current zeitgeist. Not only were the models diverse, but the fashion reflected the eclectic and expansive vision for sustainable fashion at the moment.

BERLIN, GERMANY – JANUARY 15: Coat by Lanius, jacket by Mori Collective, pullover by Wunderwerk, pants by Arkitaip, shoes by Trippen and a hat by Spatz Hutdesign |NEONYT show during the Berlin Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2019 at ewerk on January 15, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for NEONYT)

Hofmann’s styling depicted current trends like modernism, old-school Trabants, bright lights, soft-tones and azure. With all-over blue looks, Azure was a reference to the topic of water and fashion, the key theme of this year’s Neonyt.

BERLIN, GERMANY – JANUARY 15: A male model (R), wearing a suit by Rhumaa, a turtleneck by Ivanman, glasses by Vintage, a ring by Mies Nobis, socks by Wolford, shoes by Velt, and a female model, wearing a suit by Rhumaa, a turtleneck by Ivanman, glasses by Vintage, a ring Mies Nobis and shoes Trippen, walk the runway at the NEONYT show during the Berlin Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2019 at ewerk on January 15, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for NEONYT)
BERLIN, GERMANY – Male model: Coat and a turtleneck by Brachmann, tights by Wolford, a hat by Spatz Hutdesign and shoes by Velt. Female model: Coat by Brachmann, body and tights by Wolford, a hat by Spatz Hutdesign and shoes by Trippen, walk the runway at the NEONYT show during the Berlin Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2019 at ewerk on January 15, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for NEONYT)

The looks were compiled from the new collections by established fair fashion brands like Ecoalf, Lanius and Philomena Zanetti in a progressive mix with high fashion by Berlin designer Vladimir Karaleev x After March and denim upcycling brand Fade Out.

BERLIN, GERMANY – JANUARY 15: A male model, wearing a coat by Jeckybeng X Sea Shepherd, a turtleneck and socks by Dedicated, trousers by Fade Out and shoes by Trippen, walks the runway at the NEONYT show during the Berlin Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2019 at ewerk on January 15, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Zacharie Scheurer/Getty Images for NEONYT)

The outfits were rounded off with shoes by labels including Trippen and Velt, accessories by Spatz Hutdesign and Norwegian Rain, as well as shiny tights by Swedish Stockings and Wolford.

BERLIN, GERMANY – JANUARY 15: A female model, wearing a coat by another view, a jacket by Hellmuth, a turtleneck, skirt and tights by Wolford, trousers by Tauko, a hat by Emerenz and shoes by Noah, walks the runway at the NEONYT show during the Berlin Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2019 at ewerk on January 15, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for NEONYT)

Also featured in the show: sustainable fashion labels Buki Akomolafe, Hellmuth, Natascha von Hirschhausen, Sepideh Ahadi and Working Title, five of the ten finalists in the mentoring programme by the Fashion Council Germany for aspiring young designers.

BERLIN, GERMANY – JANUARY 15: A female model, wearing a dress and shirt by Sophia Schneider-Esleben, a coat by We.Re, a hat by Spatz Hutdesign, gloves by Vintage, tights by Wolford and shoes by Nine To Five, walks the runway at the NEONYT show during the Berlin Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2019 at ewerk on January 15, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for NEONYT)

The Neonyt Ethical Fashion Show is a part of the larger B2B trade fair for Sustainable Fashion. With a comprehensive portfolio of 150 national and international sustainable fashion brands from 26 countries, the Neonyt Trade Fair is considered one of the largest of its kind.

The fact that the Neonyt Trade Fair was combined with conferences like Fashionsustain, FashionImpact, the Silent Forum and the Thinkathon was unique for Berlin Fashion Week. “Neonyt has created something incredible. It’s exceptionally well-organized and very thoughtfully curated with experts and industry leaders. Learning, connecting, sharing and activating change are an absolute pleasure here. Neonyt has set a new standard in sustainability events worldwide,” says Patrick Duffy, founder of the NYC-based Global Fashion Exchange.

The events are held twice a year in January and July. It’s certainly a must-visit for anyone who has a passion for sustainable fashion or would like to learn more.