Berlin (dpa) – For a while they were only practical. During the pandemic, it was easy to endure in sweatpants – or pajamas with thick socks on their feet. During the month-long lockdown, some people may have gone other fashion routes as well. Or say: no way.

After a long break, a fashion week is taking place for the first time in front of an audience in Berlin. The question also arises as to how the crisis is changing our style. Or if she does that at all. Maybe some priorities will change as well.

Designer Florentina Leitner thinks people might feel more interested in experimenting again. The large footbridge of the power station was inaugurated with their creations on Monday evening. “Sometimes I also wear sweatpants,” Leitner said. But she did not include any in this collection because she hoped that “the days of jogging pants” would be a bit over.

They believe that with fashion, people wanted to leave their sad everyday life. And she has some suggestions for that. Bodycon jumpsuits, for example, printed and shiny. Floral headdress and feathers. Or a body with a swan. Some cuts are reminiscent of a sailor’s uniform. There is also a comfy hoodie and oversized shirts.

Leitner’s designs are inspired by the question of what a trip to the moon might look like – and by Mondsee in Austria. She was often by the lake in her childhood, says the designer, originally from Austria. She wanted to be inspired by the country, traditional costumes and flowers. And she liked the combination of the opposing elements – the space and the lake region.

Even before the crisis, hardly anyone would have been to space. Many have had to skip their vacations because of the pandemic – or could only work from home. Others had to continue driving to work, but could no longer get to the football stadium, pub or cinema. All the things that can influence fashion.

Journalist Christiane Arp thinks it’s a cliché to believe people would sink into sweatpants. “I think it worked well for all of us for a while. Because we were at home, ”said Arp, who was a long-time editor of German“ Vogue ”. But going out and decorating is fun for her and for others – “and even more today after these months”.

Arp was happy with the opening show. “This is exactly what we should see more of in Berlin,” she said. It is important that creative young people have places to play and also have the courage. Later, there are more economic constraints for the designers. Arp said that for her personally, fashion is always the place to be creative. “And when I see that, it’s great.”

Several events take place under the aegis of Berlin Fashion Week. More recently some parts of the fashion week have moved to Frankfurt, Berlin, there are still a number of shows, conferences and other formats. In addition to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, About You shows are planned later, with collections from singer Lena Meyer-Landrut and Leni Klum, daughter of Heidi Klum.

At the opening of Fashion Week Berlin Prime Minister Michael Müller was among the guests. The SPD politician said it was good that things were starting again and fashion could be celebrated. As always, there are a few things you can imagine that you can wear well. “And I am very skeptical of others.”

He believes that after the pandemic, hybrid formats will also be found in fashion and in the world of trade shows and conventions. This means events that take place both locally and on the Internet. During Fashion Week, for example, individual events have also been shown online for a long time. And what is Müller’s opinion on the sweatpants? “It’s not my thing.”