Prague seeks a spot on fashion map
Locals stand next to world names in Mercedes Benz Prague Fashion Weekend
Posted: October 16, 2013
Mercedes Benz Prague Fashion Weekend took place at the end of September and was intended to put Prague on the same map as Berlin, New York and Madrid. The event put Czech designers next to some of the world's noted names, including Jimmy Choo.
Prague designers have been talking for years about becoming the Milan of Central Europe, but previous attempts at fashion shows, such as a runway in public in the midst of confused tourists, have had a circus-like quality. The Mercedes Benz Prague Fashion Weekend, a first for Prague, rose to the dignity that other events have in international fashion capitals. Overall, there were 45 shows with 1260 outfits from 54 designers. Some 17,000 visitors attended the events held in a tent on Prague's trendy Pařížská Street and other venues.
Olivia Spousta of Solomon Artistry reviewed some of the collections.
Boheme's ROOTS collection was a show of simplicity. The use of traditional textiles with lace cutouts, looked crisp and modern in colors of black, white and warm to icy grays. The show transitioned into a collection with a sweet retro feel. It featured candy apple red swim briefs for men. Pink, taupe and white boxy cut jackets were worn with classic cut briefs for women. Ribbon details, kerchiefs and towels trimmed with pink were the icing to this sugary look.
Slouchy and textured sweaters shimmered and bright blues popped against bold black and white prints for the 'elegant urban' s.Olivier Casual line. This segued into the Selection line, where the black and white houndstooth trench and quilted smoking jacket were the stars. The ART COLLECTION, created in cooperation with internationally famous Shanghai-based artist Qiu Shengxian, closed the show. The use of black and crimson sequins brought the idea of a graphic tee to a fun level!
Poetry in fabric selection and lightness in style is the goal Tombolini strives for; this is achieved by keeping in line with the rich Italian heritage of quality suit making. Quality fabrics, classic cuts and selective color choices keep the Tombolini on the straight and narrow.
Shades of warm ochre, charcoal, rich fuchsia and plum created the pallet of choice for the top Czech brand Pietro Filipi who is well-known for precise tailoring and their use of luxurious textiles. This was highlighted in the featured coats and evening wear.
Va Va Voom
VA VA VOOM takes an interesting twist on such a sexy namesake by focusing on the power of the modern woman. This twist continued throughout the show… from red hot leather minis worn with matching thick knitted scarves to snake skin patterned bustiers paired with dreamy long-flowing skirts and repeated in delicately carved leather details.
There were fur lined coats, head to toe lace gowns, velvet blazers, jewels and more... nothing was held back for Dusni3 boutique's 1920's inspired glam collection. It's crowning glory... the Jimmy Choo shoe!
This soft and feminine line was surprisingly inspired by the architectural structures of Prague. The strapless black look and white tank drop waisted look would be a welcome addition to any woman's wardrobe.
A lipstick red jumpsuit, polk-a-dot frock, head to toe stripes, floral cape, sapphire velvet shift... It was nearly, 'everything but the kitchen sink' for La-Femme-MiMi! Mimi Lan's parade of fun vintage-inspired looks were a welcome change to the sea of monochrome-loving collections.
From nautical looks, to babydoll dresses and sweetheart gowns, this show was most successful in the moments when it was guided by an air of nostalgia and faded memories.
An anticipated showing of renowned designers, such as, Saint Laurent, Lanvin, Balenciaga, Isabel Marant, Dior Homme, Christian Louboutin, Victoria Beckam, Alexander McQueen, Rick Owens and Acne. Edgy, cool and rock 'n roll! Everything it promised to be!
This collection was not conceptual by nature, but with a real life client in mind. This no nonsense approach was seen in the symmetry of shape, use of limited color and textile choices. Yet, it was in the details that the creativity really showed through. The leather bodices were like sleek armor while the draping blouses added romance and grace.
At the beginning of the show we are taken to a sunny and lighter side of life. Preppy tailoring, button-up blouses and modest hems meet the femininity and fun of short shorts, white lace, tiny polka-dots and mini florals. Yet, ending abruptly on a heavier note, with three warm-toned gowns, one was left unsure of how they fit into this dreamy collection.
This collection was fierce and unexpected, while at the same time flattering and wearable. The futuristic English countryside look referenced fencing and riding uniforms. The color scheme was a star as much as the clothes themselves where-imperial purple, contrasting kelly green, earthy tan, stormy gray and dusty navy complimented the repeated appearance of antique-inspired floral pattern of blue, orange and mauve.
The along with the looks selected, it was the furs, the 1920s hair, sexy make up and classy styling that told us that glamour and femininity are what the LIST woman is about. The bold puffer coats, oversized cardigans and hourglass gowns showed the range of what the boutique has to offer.