It seems that Berlin designers tend to draw inspiration from their own youth. Malaika Raiss's fashion journey down memory lane, however, has been the most expansive of all, packing almost her entire phase of individual discovery into a single collection, in line with her principle of “dressing the woman I always imagined I will be one day”, from Nirvana. to John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the original mothers of 2000. The result was a capsule (time) wardrobe that fit into a single suitcase.
The biggest challenge of the whole process was to combine grunge, modernity and sufficient elegance without the individual components losing any of their energy. Raw knits were paired with flowing dresses, chunky coats were toned down with vintage Levi's jeans, and classic blazers were sprinkled between off-the-shoulder dresses. The designer seemed particularly keen to be as close as possible to the real behavior of those who buy her line. “I think it really reflects my clients’ style. They mostly buy pieces from me that they combine casually,” Raiss said after the show, referring to his latest collections, which were a little more consistently elegant. “A lot of my clients are recognizable by these new looks,” she said. “It wasn’t just about my own clothing past, but also about their present.”