Marina Hoermanseder's autumn-winter collection is a feminist outcry in a world damaged by Weinstein! Women in power!
In an event location with industrial charm right in Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg, countless young women in military looks and with combative expressions marched down the catwalk for the Austrian designer Marina Hoermanseder on Thursday afternoon.
In graceful military constructions in muted camouflage colors and with elaborate leather details, they walked past the audience like resolute fighters and showed that women can be strong and powerful. The looks are reminiscent of women's rights activists and demonstrators from the 1970s and 1980s. The tufted hair, the pink and blue eye makeup and the muted quilted jackets are like a journey into the past, when it was not a matter of course for women to be able to decide about their own body. But it wasn't that long ago, because last March the worldwide “Women’s March” took place as a protest against Trump's misogynistic presidency.
But women are not only fighters, they are also tender, empathetic and sensitive. The designer shows the versatility of feminine nature by incorporating glitter and glamor elements into her collection and thus strongly reminiscent of the Golden Twenties.
Marina's staging at this year's Berlin Fashion Week comes at exactly the right time and - whether intended or not - sends a clear political signal. After the Weinstein scandal, #metoo, Nina Pröll and the Golden Globes, Marina and her army are also showing that women should stand up for themselves and their rights, that fashion can very well make a difference and this time it's in the direction of feminism!