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Food and Fashion of the World, Part I: Germany Looks At Its Future and Its Past

By admin | September 6, 2011

Photo: JD Lasica

As surely you are all aware, our focus for the month of September on MarcusSamuelsson.com is to bring you news not only about food but also on fashion and the arts. Fashion and style are slowly seeping into many other industries, especially the food industry. With the rise of food styling and modern cooking techniques, we see aesthetics playing a larger role in the world of food. Since both are forms of art in their own rights, one can see how the two (fashion and food) can naturally mold together.

September is an exciting month in New York City for fashion and with the onset of new fall in-season ingredients and menu changes, this is also perfect timing to combine both of these art forms to create a unique artistic experience. The opening of the Global Street Food pop-up cafe is an ideal example of how food and fashion can be combined to bring patrons a taste of both worlds. Through this short series (Food and Fashion of the World), we will feature short insights to the world of fashion through the food of select countries. We’ll compare the current movements of both industries in those countries to build a better understanding of food styles.

When you hear the word fashion you most likely think of the fashion Meccas of the world: London, Paris, New York, or Milan. You read of the most elegant creations by designers in the Fashion Capitals, you see the extravagant runway shows, and you capture the essence of all things beautiful and try to mimic those styles found in these capitals. But what you don’t know, or have yet to figure out, is that no matter where your next journey around the world takes you, you will find beautiful pieces of clothing that mimic the culture and lifestyle of that country. What is ever so unique about fashion is that it not only defines a country or city but also emulates the cuisine and lifestyle to create fashionable pieces that are in tune with the destination. Today we will look at the current fashion and food styles of Germany.

Germany is not often thought of an epicenter for fashion, but new styles in Germany are helping to bring it to the fashion world’s attention. On your next trip to Berlin you will certainly look at fashion in a new light. As noted on The Wall Street Journal’s piece by Mary M. Lane, “The Quiet Rise of Berlin Fashion” Berlin is swaying like-minded fashion-goers into understanding how the fashion of Berlin is based on the lifestyle and culture of this extravagant city. “German Fashion Design: 1946-2012″ a book that defines Germany’s fashion is set to hit stands this week in the U.S. and is something all should pick up. The editor of the book, Nadine Barth believes “German fashion isn’t sexy. It’s more futuristic, intellectual, orderly and practical.” The likes of German fashion showcase a more athletic look that transcends into vibrant pieces that go against the destruction Germany has faced in the past.

The food of Berlin can be matched to the likes of its fashion industry. While Germany’s fashion is looking forward, so is its food by reinterpreting traditional dishes that Germans still hold dear to. The new trend of German cuisine takes on traditional dishes and spices them up. On “Visit Berlin’s blog” you will find a plethora of restaurants that focus on new interpretations of traditional German foods. In the Volt at Paul-Lincke-Ufer in Kreuzberg dishes are rejuvenated to focus on the modern renditions of German fashion. Chef Matthais Gleib prepares a traditional dish of Beelitz rabbit (German rabbit stew) and adds his modern twist to the dish by serving it with mouth-watering marinated scallops and a touch of cinnamon butter. The trends of fashion and food in Germany intermingle new life and modernity to traditional German cuisine, hence taking steps forward in its cuisine while still looking back at its heritage.

Stay tuned to this series as we continue to examine the relationship between food and fashion while featuring other countries throughout the world, like Mexico, Japan, and India.

Photo: jdlasica

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