BERLIN -- Berlin's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is opening its catwalk outside the city's landmark Brandenburg Gate with more than 50 shows presenting spring/summer collections for 2012.

The Berlin event, which runs Wednesday-Saturday, is seen as a show where young designers who often struggle to get noticed in New York, Milan or Paris can highlight their clothes.

New York fashion guru Marc Jacobs is hosting the Designer for Tomorrow show for promising new fashion talents.

Other designers presenting their new trends include Hugo Boss, Patrick Mohr, Strenesse Blue and Irene Luft.

Designers from Japan and Romania will have two group shows.