Marc Cain’s spring/summer 2017 runway show took over Berlin’s sprawling industrial CityCube exhibition space, but the mood was downright tropical – thanks in part to the jungle’s worth of palm trees brought in for the occasion. Creative director Karin Veit looked to sunny, vibrant Cuba for inspiration for the German label, which expanded into Canada last year. Although the breezy maxidresses and brightly printed tunics hinted at a love for lush escapes, Veit is quick to point out that gritty-cool Berlin will always be a muse: “It’s a very young, trendy city. I’m constantly discovering new things when I’m out and about.”
Marc Cain’s spring 2017 show during Berlin Fashion Week
BLACK BOOK: BERLIN
A view of Berlin from the bank of the Spree. Image by: Getty
BOUTIQUE BUCKET LIST “VooStore is a shop that’s typical of the city. The way local products are mixed with international designers is very inspiring. Bikini Berlin is one of the first concept malls in the world; the terrace is based on New York’s Highline and offers spectacular views of the neighbouring Berlin zoo.”
THE BEST CAFÉ “I love the coffee at Meierei, which is in the district of Prenzlauer Berg. They have the best homemade apple strudel.”
FOOD FIX “Daluma in the Mitte district – they serve freshly squeezed juices and raw food.”
MUST-TRY “Open Sky Yoga in the city’s outdoor club Haubentaucher.”
Open Sky Yoga.
GLOBAL ADDRESS BOOK
TRAVEL STYLE “I plan my trips at the very last minute. My husband and I usually book a hotel for one night and then rent a car and drive off to enjoy new sights. When I’m in a city, I like to see everything on foot.”
VACATION SPOT “Salina, an aeolian island near Sicily. Reading, swimming and trying local food make it easy to fully relax there.”
The island of Salina.
DREAM DESTINATIONS “Bhutan, Mongolia and Iceland. I’m inspired by outstanding natural landscapes.”
NEXT TRIP “Isola del Giglio. It’s a small Italian island without any stress or hustle and bustle – just sunshine and sea.”
Isola del Giglio.
HOME BASE Ammerbuch, a small village near Tübingen, Germany.
CHECKED BAG OR CARRY-ON? “I always check a bag – leaves more room for souvenirs!”
WINDOW OR AISLE? “Aisle – I feel less trapped.”
AIRPLANE ESSENTIALS “I always have a good book, a plaid cashmere blanket and my music.”
INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT “Work, read, sleep. In exactly that order.”
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