One of Berlin’s most iconic designers, Leyla Piedayesh’s show is always one of the most anticipated of Berlin Fashion Week. Presenting an inaugural knitwear collection in 2004, inspired by a pair of hand-knitted arm-warmers discovered at a Berlin flea market, the brand has consistently evolved. Characterised by slouchy silhouettes and loose boyfriend shapes, LaLa Berlin’s Spring Summer 2011 collection followed the expected conventions. Flowing chiffons were printed with simple geometric shapes, full length dresses avoided staid connotations with deep v-necks and floaty sleeves. Citrus summer shades were paired with cobweb knits that took inspiration from Rodarte’s iconic knitwear pieces.
A juxtaposition of prints saw navy and white candy stripe paired with paisley-like batiks, in a fusion of Eastern and Western influences, that looked contemporary, especially when styled with flat, lace-up brogues. Elsewhere a loose chiffon column dresses in a vibrant red, fastened with adjustable straps, or in a nod to the labels’ roots cropped leopard print jumpers with curled hems were paired with skinny fit denims and chiffon tops.