Christine Korte has lived in Berlin for two years as a fashion and lifestyle writer for Bild.de and Grazia magazine. She lived in Munich, Milan and Paris, writing for major fashion glossies.
Which are your favourite shops in Berlin?
I like Quartier 206's 'Department Store'. It stocks labels you don’t find elsewhere here, like Charlotte Olympia. I also love Schwarzhogerzeil in Mulackstraße, as it sells my favourite French boho label Isabel Marant, and cute vintage store Soeur in Marienburger Straße 24, which sells Marni and Vanessa Bruno.
What three things should every woman have in her wardrobe?
The ‘little black dress’, because it’s the sexiest and most elegant fashion invention of all time.
Do you have a signature item you always wear or style you adhere to?
A blue and white striped shirt can make you can look so Coco Chanel without spending a lot of money! My favourite is a slightly oversized one from Armor Lux. I wear it with jeans for a casual look, dress it up with a black pencil skirt or wear it under a nude blazer for a formal look.
What is your most recent purchase?
A floral maxi dress from Cacharel Liberty – so hippie!
What style do you admire on other people?
As my style is more laid back, I admire women with diva attitude who dress sexily in mini dresses, pencils skirts and high heels. Dramatic makeup like smokey eyes or red lips is great. As for male style, it has to be Italian: a classic chemise without a shirt underneath, jeans and suede slippers with no socks.
Is there a trend you can’t wait to see the back of?
Leggings! This trend doesn’t even look good on a supermodel! Even worse: the ripped version. Only backup dancers in a 1980s Cyndi Lauper video – or Cyndi Lauper – could get away with it.
What is your top fashion tip for spring?
Broad stripes in different colours as seen in the Spring/Summer Prada collection. It’s a very sporty trend, and the cool thing about it is you can find it at high street labels like H&M, Zara or Topshop.
What, if anything, defines the style in Berlin?
Style anarchy! You can wear a long evening gown to a grunge party in some rundown bar in Kreuzberg, and you can go with ripped baggy pants and sneakers to a fashion show at Bebelplatz!