Out with the old, in with the new. Join Annabelle Mallia on a walk down Ku’damm to brighten up your wardrobe from head to toe.
Take a walk down Ku'damm to brighten up your wardrobe.
Considered the Champs- Élysées of Berlin, Kurfürstendamm – or Ku’damm to the locals – is the most popular and talked-about street in Germany, as well as a fine destination to procure a new outfit. Once a corduroy road leading to the Prussian king’s 16th- century hunting ground in the Grunewald forest, the Ku’damm was converted in the late 1800s into a busy boulevard with bars, restaurants, and shops, becoming the epitome of the city’s Golden Twenties and later the leading commercial district in West Berlin.
Kick off your shopping excursion with a pair of versatile ankle boots from the airy space occupied by Tommy Hilfiger (No. 217, www. tommy.com). At Chanel (No. 188, www.chanel. com), try on a glittering armband and little black jacket perfect for brisk evenings. Also befitting the season is a floral-patterned dress from Marc
Cain (No. 69, www.marc- cain.com), with cap sleeves and jungle-bold hues (pictured right).
A little further down the road, Longchamp (No. 42, www.longchamp.com) embodies French taste, with a hint of everyday luxury. Why not add their iconic Le Pliage bag – inspired by the Japanese art of origami and available in a variety of sizes and seasonal colors – to your collection?
Top it all off with a bold headpiece from the artful creations at Chapeaux Hutmode Berlin (Bleibtreustr. 51, www.chapeaux-hutmode-berlin.de), a great way to kiss goodbye to the winter woollies. Now that you’re rocking your new ensemble, step inside the gallery-like Apple Store (No. 26, www. apple. com), where all the latest must-have products are laid out on rows of large tables, ready to be discovered.
Then recoup with coffee and cake offered at Café Kranzler (No. 18, www. cafekranzler.de). With its distinctive round red-and-white awning, the venue was famous amongst artists and bohemians during the preWWI era and is now conveniently located for Ku’damm après-sprees.
Be sure to leave time to visit the temporary exhibition at the Rolls Royce Studio - BMW
Haus (No. 31, www.bmw-kurfürstendamm.de). Here you’ll find the ultimate wheels on display, including the vintage 1926 Phantom 10EX – a magnificent specimen of automobile history, but unfortunately not for sale.