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Lala Berlin lets Fräulein peek behind the scenes of the new collection “Imagine Dreaming” paying a tribute to the free-spirited life.

Taneshia Abt lives in Berlin and is an actress. Her next big project is called JGA, playing the leading role, a comedy about love, friendship, and the essential questions of life. The cinema release took place March 24, 2022. Leyla Pidayesh is the designer of the brand, giving us exclusive insights into her inspirations, that manifest in the collection.

Would you describe yourself as a free spirit?
TANESHIA: Being independent, living the way I want to live, and empowering others to enhance their own unique and individual characters are very essential to me. Describing myself, I’d say I‘m an uninhibited person who loves being surrounded by inspiring people. Those people are all nonconformist and special human beings who I love for their remarkable energy. They help me broaden my horizon and to evolve into the kind of person that I want to be. This process eventually will lead me to a state of mind where societal expectations won’t restrict me. To be able to live this way is a great gift and gives me at least the understanding of myself to be a free spirit

Could you feel the rock-and-roll nostalgia despite being born long after Iggy Pop & Co?
TANESHIA: Yes, I definitely could. I strongly admire those icons who fought against the old values of a former world throughout their music. Those who had to liberate themselves from the older generations. Despite the fact that I was born way after Iggy and Co, if you turn on your speakers, their music will make you understand what rock-and-roll meant to them. And the simple fact that it is been some time since those icons had been brought onto the world, doesn’t change the fact that they rebelled against numerous things. Although those things have changed, most of them are still there. And new things have come up, too, that we now can rebel against. There will always be something to rock-and-roll against.

What color pops in your head when you hear the word `dreams ́?
TANESHIA: Baby blue. I see a blue and pinkish morning sky. The dawn of the day. The first light of the day coming through. When it’s still very quiet and everything lies in front of you.

Tell me about your visual inspirations for the collection?
LEYLA: „California Dreaming“ and John Lennon‘s „Imagine“ form the title of the new collection: „Imagine Dreaming“. This is not nostalgic or retro though. It’s just that the hopeful, forward-looking feeling of the 60s and 70s perfectly captures the essence of this moment we’re living in.

Does love have a color for you?
LEYLA: In general, love is warm and transitions from a warm yellow into a bright white, that expands and covers everything you can see and feel…but in general, we see love as the color red – because love is associated with the heart.

As a lover of pattern and color, you are based in all-black Berlin. How did that influence your trajectory of success?
LEYLA: I have never really perceived Berlin as “all black” – when I first moved to Berlin, I was exposed to so many colors, in so many different ways, that it never seemed to be “only black”. Definitely not as colorful as California. I would say Berlin is rather grey in terms of the weather – between October and March the heavens above are almost always grey and foggy, more than anything else.

‘Imagine dreaming’  is an ode to the carefree. How has the pandemic and other rather worryingglobal news, influenced your design process?
LEYLA: I personally find the current crisis quite different from the pandemic we have experienced over the past few years. At the beginning of Covid, the world was at a standstill, and we understood that life was in the process of massive change. With time we got used to the whole situation – and became more carefree, letting life be as it was and taking things as they came. We wanted to overcome the sadness and frustration of our everyday lives – we needed to feel more alive and celebrate life – and to indulge once again in what made us feel good, through self-expression and dressing up beautiful things. At the moment we find ourselves speechless, but hope must prevail! And we must maintain our faith in each other and in the possibility of creating a better future for all, as different as it may feel in times like this.

What is your favorite textile to work with?
LEYLA: Silk in all its variety – shiny, slinky, light, and heavy ….chiffon, georgette, Duchesse, organza.. I love it all – especially how it moves on with the body. You can easily wear it in the summer as well as in winter… It is just one of the nicest materials to work with.

What is your example of natural sexiness?
LEYLA: Being naked.

lala Berlin is famous for a masterful pattern mix – what is your rule of thumb to venture more dynamic in the wardrobe?
LEYLA: Mixing and matching are always good to bring a certain edge and different combinations. Particularly with pieces that can add versatility to what you wear. Mostly done with the right accessories – heavy-duty boots to a mini skirt, a hint of color if you want to be subtle…a strong pink, green or yellow on your shoes, bags, or even colorful socks – a bit of fun does not harm anyone.

Where do you see your designs worn?
LEYLA: Everywhere and anytime… Even on the red carpet.

Is daydreaming a credible escape tactic for fellow creatives?
LEYLA: Imagining is part of meditation practice – once you are in a meditative state, you can open your mind to infinite possibilities, where you can imagine and manifest all your hopes and dreams. So yes, I think that imagining and dreaming are very much aligned and are both essential aspects of being creative.

`Imagine dreaming ́ brings back the sweet summer hedonism. Did you plan to attend any festivals this year?
LEYLA: Are there festivals happening? Please send me some links so I can consider going!

What are you dreaming of for lala Berlin in 2022?
LEYLA: A peaceful way of working together as a team, that is not concerned and fearful about possible challenges we may face.Picture courtesy of lala Berlin/PR

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