Danny Reinke Spring/Summer 2025

During Berlin Fashion Week, Danny Reinke showcased his Spring/Summer 2025 collection at the COLLECTIVE FOUR event. Titled “Stupid Cupid”, this Prêt-à-Couture collection is a tribute to the emotional turbulence of unrequited love. It’s a sartorial rollercoaster of feelings, featuring both women’s and men’s looks that explore the paradoxes of hopeless infatuation—when what is close seems distant, when desire ignites through rejection rather than extinguishes.

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At first glance, the creations seem romantically playful, but upon closer inspection, they reveal the deeply hidden pain of unreturned love. The theme of the collection was inspired by a song from the late 1950s by singer Connie Francis. With an air of liveliness, the artist croons about that one great love, always beyond reach—a love marked more by sorrow and anger than the anticipated comfort and happiness.

The emotional centrepiece of this SS25 collection is vibrant reds in various shades. When combined with grey, black, white, and lime green, this contrasting colour palette primarily features in heavy fabrics. Another central element is the high-quality corsets symbolizing the emptiness and constraint of heartache. As indicated by the collection’s title, further references to the 1950s are integral to the overall design.

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Silk blouses with bows, pencil skirts, and voluminous tulle petticoats meet tuxedo shirts for a modern dandy look, complete with suspenders, sock garters, and Spencer jackets. Recycled leather lends a certain hardness and robustness to the collection, harmonizing with intricate drapings subtly reminiscent of Greco-Roman antiquity, with its mythology and the accompanying god of love, Cupid. Tangled, three-dimensional floral structures on a pure white jacket convey a sense of chaos, while crochet elements add a humorous touch to the interplay of appearance and reality.


KALTBLUT. appreciates this exquisite interpretation of unrequited love through fashion. Danny Reinke’s “Stupid Cupid” collection captures the essence of emotional disarray beautifully, and we love its evocative and innovative presentation.

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