Economic Recovery: Fashion: Creative Capital

Forget Paris and London. For the folks furthest out on fashion's cutting edge, Berlin is the new capital of creative inspiration. In the past few years, designers like Hedi Slimane of Christian Dior and labels like Hugo Boss have looked to the former East Berlin for inspiration, attracted by its edgy art and music scenes and fashion-forward street life. Slimane rented a studio there for three years while producing a glossy photography installation and a book about the city. Last fall Hugo Boss, which is based in Metzingen, in southern Germany, held its annual fashion show and party in an abandoned...

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