Isn’t this how German women are perceived in the deep forests of middle land around the world? Well, right now, as we speak, myth turns reality once a year in the Lederhosen motherland Munich, Bavaria, Germany.
I am talking about the infamous Oktoberfest, this huge fair where people from all over the world eat enormous amounts of grilled pork or, mostly and, drink gallons of beer until they wind up half dead in a red cross tent. Though you, as an avid Tangerine Reader, are not part of ‘that’ crowd, I know. Instead you would try to sneak into one of the few very exclusive and highly secured V.I.P. tents like the Käfer one to drink champagne and not eat at all!
How will you get in, if you are not a celebrity you ask? Well, you gotta work your cleavage and what better way, if not the only way to feature bossom than in a Dirndl. Some cliche images to cater to your mainstream dark side before we enter the glamorous world of Dirndls.
Dames do dirndls differently and it goes something like this:
The Grande Dame of Dirndl Design undoubtedly is Lola Paltinger. From Barbie to Paris Hilton, everybody who is anybody, wears her creations. She has different lines like Happy Heidi or Lollipop & Alpenrock.
She even pimps top strollers like Bugaboo or Kult bottles from Sigg.
Dirndlherz is another label that mixes modern elements an colors with classic cuts. I love the generous use of black! It comes as no surprise that the Hot Dog Dress on the right was sold out in seconds (though the shoes are wrong).
I very much adore the creations of Dirndl-Africaine. I thinks it’s fantastic how these two sisters, who grew up in Kamerun, mix original African patterns with traditional Dirndl design; just one great crossover.
Daniel Hiller ‘ s jewelry pairs craftsmanship with childlike, fun sujets! The gold Brezel is his signature piece; the Brezel is a traditional Bavarian snack equally famous in New York. The grilled chicken (called Hendl in Bavaria) rocks!
And there are more Dirndls; fresh and short in your typical country color schemes like these affordable ones from Wenger and Country Line
or long and elegant evening ones from Sportalm which -as you can see- has a modern and sexy touch to their Dirndls as well….
More accessories… these cute felt bags from Ähre & Korn have great names, like gunslinger, amore nero or bonded whiskey (€ 40).
Ophelia Blaimer does gorgeous bridal wear, Schmitt und Schäfer serves Couture and Silk and Pearls is also known for their beautiful work. There is a Dirndl for almost all walks of live, from common to couture.
Before I go I want to show you something of which I am uncertain whether or not i should think of it as cool? Bare with me: Initially it is about the hats, lost innocence and dirndl gypsy, made by dirndlpunk (love the name), but what about the ‘choker’? Judging from her facial expression on the right, she seems slightly tortured. Overall though, I guess it’s o.k. in a Lady Gaga kinda way (there’s a rhyme right there) but remember, you do need a long neck in order to wear two rows of braids…
Last, the ultimate accessory: a man. This one is decked out in Boss Black from head to toe.
You know there is so much more in terms of complete get ups; stockings, hair dos (braids mainly), lingerie, entire looks can fill pages over pages but I didn’t want to go overboard. So consider this a sneak peak into the unique world of Dirndls.
Servus (bye), your Dirndl queen of hearts