Berlin 01/30/09. Photos by Axel Schmidt/Getty Images & Anita Bugge/WireImage.
Yesterday officially marked the start of Berlin Fashion Week and with the Fall 2009 menswear and Spring 2009 haute couture shows behind us, and two weeks to go until New York Fashion Week, we welcome the opportunity to check out some hip emerging designers. To start things off, check out the Fall 2009 look book of Swedish menswear brand Odeur, sent to us thanks to Berlin's Temporary Showroom. Right now, Odeur can only be found in Sweden, Japan and Germany but hopefully Fall 09 will change all that.
Although it isn't Monifa (who's currently a close second in our cutest zoo baby of '08 poll), this equally adoro hippo is having some watery fun with mama, Kati, at the Berlin Zoo! Born less than a month ago on Nov. 29, it makes sense that the yet-unnamed babe can already swim since many hippopotamuses are born underwater with the mom pushing the lil one to the surface to breathe, and even nursing while in there.
See more underwater shots from today's public debut when you read more
The fella I'd name the world's most famous polar bear (followed by Flocke) celebrates his second birthday today at Zoo Berlin! That means Knut got even more visitors than usual . . . and a special dessert. 'Cause, really, what's a birthday without cake and ice cream? Of course, bears can't eat chocolate buttercream (my fave), so his "cake" was made of vegetable in ice – well, I bet he enjoyed it anyway.
This bear's faced some tough times from dealing with fame to the death of his BFF and original caretaker, Thomas Doerflein earlier this year but he's doing a-OK now.
Check out more piccys of Knut's birthday celebration and read more
These llama-like creatures are actually the smallest members of the camel family, rarely weighing over 130 pounds full-grown. Lil Antonio was born on Oct. 14 in the Zoologischer Garten in Berlin – the first of his species born at the zoo in 10 years.
Native to the Central Andes Mountains in South America, the rare Vicuñas have been heavily exploited for their coat, which is said to make the best wool in the world.
You remember Knut the cute, right? Sadly this Polar Bear will have to celebrate his next birthday (come December) without his famous caretaker, Thomas Doerflein. The selfless German zookeeper that cared for one of the world's most recognizable creatures passed away this week – I've taken the time to honor his life with the bear in this slideshow.
It's one small step for tigers as lil Antares takes a tentative stumble at his enclosure at the Tierpark Berlin in Germany yesterday. The 121st tiger cub was born at this zoo on June 23 and just had a public debut. As you can see, he's all ready for his closeup . . . and already knows how to tilt his fuzzy head just so. Arrgh, I'm such a sucker for baby animals.
Melting. And. Can. Not. Help. It. See more Siberian Tiger cuteness when you read more
Barack Obama spoke to tens of thousands of Berliners gathered at the foot of the Victory Column, chanting "Yes We Can" or "O-bam-a." Using the image of a wall in the city formerly home to the most infamous one, Barack Obama highlighted the common challenges facing America and its allies, especially Europe.
That is why the greatest danger of all is to allow new walls to divide us from one another. The walls between old allies on either side of the Atlantic cannot stand. The walls between the countries with the most and those with the least cannot stand. The walls between races and tribes; natives and immigrants; Christian and Muslim and Jew cannot stand. These now are the walls we must tear down.
While sharing pride for his country, Obama also discussed concerns shared with Europe, including: working for a successful NATO mission in Afghanistan, securing loose nuclear material, working with Russia, getting Iran to abandon its nuclear plan, securing a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine, bringing the Iraq war to a close, and addressing climate change (which got some of the loudest applause).
For more from the speech, and to find out how the Bush Administration and John McCain handled the event, read more