The eyes of the world are on Berlin! The city on the Spree will serve as an international stage for fashion, lifestyle, film and celebrities twice in quick succession: with Berlin Fashion Week and the trends for next winter – where the Austrian designers Lena Hoschek and Marina Hoermanseder are also showcasing their collections – and then on 11th February, when the red carpet will be rolled out for the 66th Berlinale film festival. As they do every year, international film stars in their Sunday best will bring Hollywood glamour to Berlin and brave the ice cold for the sake of their fans on the steps of the Berlinale Palast. With the opening film Hail, Caesar! by the Coen Brothers starring George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Josh Brolin and Ralph Fiennes, we’re hoping that there will be quite a line-up this year – keep your fingers crossed!
In our search for Berlin’s local heroes, this month we’re hot on the heels of designer Bent Angelo Jensen. His menswear label is called Herr von Eden and his avant-garde style – a combination of dandy, glamour and elegance – also appeals to musicians Jan Delay and Udo Lindenberg. Take us to three of your favourite spots in your neighbourhood. Nail Art in Berlin-Mitte (Grosse Hamburger Strasse 15), the spa at Steigenberger Hotel am Kanzleramt (Ella-Trebe-Strasse 5) and the Float spa, also in Mitte! That’s how I like to spoil myself. Float, Hausvogteiplatz 11, 10117 Berlin When you’ve had enough of work, where and how do you clear your head in Berlin? A short walk from the Herr von Eden boutique (Alte Schönhauser Strasse 14) and around the Museum Island (Museumsinsel) is usually enough. Museum Island Berlin, www.museumsinsel-berlin.de/en/home When there’s time to have breakfast out, where do you go? To Zeit für Brot on Alte Schönhauser Strasse. Zeit für Brot, Alte Schönhauser Strasse 4, 10119 Berlin And for a quick lunch? To Yam Yam for Korean food (Alte Schönhauser Strasse 6) or – even better – to Zula Hummus Café. Zula, Husemannstrasse 10, 10435 Berlin Which restaurant in Berlin have you just discovered? Maxim on Gormannstrasse. Their moules-frites and champagne taste magnificent! Maxim, Gormannstrasse 25, 10119 Berlin You have a free evening ahead of you and you want to go out – where do you go? To Kater Blau and Berghain (Am Wriezener Bahnhof). That’s where this city always amazes me. Let’s just say: freedom and respect. Kater Blau, Holzmarktstrasse 25, 10243 Berlin Where does Bent Angelo Jensen go shopping in Berlin? On Mulackstrasse: at Vivienne Westwood (no. 26), at Sal Bazaar (no. 34) or at Das neue Schwarz. Das neue Schwarz, Mulackstrasse 38, 10119 Berlin Which label is in at the moment? Esther Perbandt. You can get her things on Almstadtstrasse in Mitte. Esther Perbandt, Almstadtstrasse 3, 10119 Berlin From fashion to art: what are your favourite exhibition spaces in Berlin? The Circle Culture Gallery and König Galerie (Alexandrinenstrasse 118–121). Circle Culture Gallery, Potsdamer Strasse 68, 10785 Berlin Friends are coming to visit and they need a hotel. Where would you book a room for your guests? At Mani on Torstrasse near Rosenthaler Platz – every single time. Mani, Torstrasse 136, 10119 Berlin What do you miss when you’re not in Berlin? Its unique inspiration and culinary diversity. Berlin, www.berlin.de Tell us one of your secrets about Berlin. It was almost two years ago at Chantals House of Shame in the Bassy Club – the first and hopefully last time that I fled from a club! Chantals House of Shame, Schönhauser Allee 176A, 10119 Berlin