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If you are fascinated like me by innovative fashion you might want to check out this recently opened show at Phoenix Art Museum called Digital Print Fashion. Opened on March 2nd it runs until July 14, the exhibition explores the fascinating creative ideas in digital printing, showcasing 40 revolutionary creations signed by contemporary designers including Mary Katrantzou, late Alexander McQueen, and Issey Miyake among others.

Digital Print Fashion Exhibition at Phoenix Art Museum, ArizonaDigital Print Fashion Exhibition at Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona

The sculptural fashion of Madame Grès

If you happen to be in Antwerp, Belgium this winter be sure to check the gallery dedicated to an important fashion visionary at Mode Museum. Until February 10th, 2013, MoMu presents “Madame Grès. Sculptural Fashion”, an exhibition of the Parisian couturier’s designs.

Madame Grès gallery at MoMu, AnversMadame Grès gallery at MoMu, Anvers

Trish Summerville for H&M collection

A collection inspired by a novel and film heroine is fresh news in fashion marketing. Swedish fashion retailer H&M brought Trish Summerville on board for one of its latest fashion collaborations. Trish is the talented costume designer for “The girl with the dragon tattoo” movie by David Fincher. Certainly Versace for H&M collection is the big news now, because of the glam factor, but I am keener on the film-fashion association.

Trish Summerville for H&M collection

"The girl with the dragon tattoo collection" by Trish Summerville for H&M

A wedding with lots of titles

The wedding of Britain's Prince William and his darling Catherine (Kate) Middleton on the 29th of April was a living fairy tale watched by an entire world. Hastily called the “wedding of the century” it was though a stunning and opulent show, mostly because of its media coverage and the cheerful support of a celebrating nation. I admit being caught up by this modern tale of princes, but how can you not be charmed by this modern young couple that looked so genuine in their emotions?

Royal Wedding: Prince William and Catherine Middleton

Berlin spring/summer 2011 top collections

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Berlin spring/summer 2011 (7-10 July 2010) gathers top German fashion brands and designers to showcase their most recent collections.

Mongrels In Common is a young label founded in 2006 by designers Livia Ximénez-Carrillo and Christine Pluess who met at Esmod School of Design in Berlin. The brand's name is inspired by their both multicultural backgrounds. Mongrels In Common’s spring/summer 2011 collection displays a calm color palette of blue, beige, cream, yellow and pastel floral prints; soft fabrics cut into relaxed tailoring with pleat details; a focus on the waist that creates the ideal hourglass shape.

Mongrels In Common spring/summer 2011Mongrels In Common spring/summer 2011

H&M spring/summer 2009 collection

The Organic Cotton Spring 2009 Collection, a plea for eco-friendly design and organic materials, released by Swedish chain store H&M focuses on two key trends of the up-coming season: volume and curves, expressing a new femininity inspired by the style of 1950s and 1970s decades.

 

Sandrina Fasoli for Mango exclusive collection

Designing duo Sandrina Fasoli, winner of the first MANGO Fashon Awards  edition, created an exclusive collection for the Spanish fast-fashion chain store. This Limited Edition within Mango spring/summer 2009 collection arrived in stores on 15 January and is available for sale at Mango online shop.

Sandrina Fasoli collection for Mango spring/summer 2009

Best of Russian Fashion Week Spring 2009

Russian Fashion Week, the larger, more professional and more fashion forward of the two competing seasons in Moscow, staged more than 60 collections at the Spring/Summer 2009 edition held October 28-November 4, 2008. Best collection was undeniably Alexander Arngoldt's; also RFW's highlights included Biryukov, Lena Tsokalenko, Shumilo & Elagina and Julia Nikolaeva shows.

Spring-summer 2009 collection of Oleg Biryukov entitled "Retrofuturism" mixes 80's and 90's touches (carrot-leg trouser, voluminous blouses, minimalist, precise cut) with tomorrow's trends. The desirable result is a timeless harmony.

Biryukov spring/summer 2009

Copenhagen Fashion Week: Highlights (II)

Some of the best shows at Copenhagen Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009 included Julie Fagerholt Heartmade, Munthe Plus Simonsen, Rutzou and Vadum:

In 1998 designer Julie Fagerholt launched her pet child project Heartmade brand as an exclusive couture business but two years later the customers' demand got so heavy that she had to launch her first rtw collection which won her a "Golden Button"- the prestigious Danish Fashion Award.

Alexander Wang wins CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award

CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund announced the winner of its fifth edition, Monday, 17 November at Skylight Studios, New York. The award, consisting in a $200,000 US prize plus a year of business mentoring by a fashion industry insider went to young&hip designer Alexander Wang.

At only 24, he outbeat some of the best American design talents including Richard Chai, Jason Wu, Juan Carlos Obando, Obedient Sons & Daughters and John Patrick of Organic.

Alexander Wang F/W 2008/09

Highlights of Japan Fashion Week (II)

Not so long ago I wrote about Japan Fashion Week SS09 held in Tokyo and about my favorite collections presented there. Well, here are three more.

Matohu is a young label designed by Hiroyuki Horihata and Makiko Sekiguchi and probably "the next covetable Japanese export" as Fashion Wire Daily considers. Both Horihata and Sekiguchi studied the Apparel Design Course at Bunka Fashion College (Tokyo) and after graduation they subsequently worked for Bora Aksu in London.

 

Matohu spring 2009

 

Highlights of Japan Fashion Week (I)

September 1st to 5th, Tokyo: Japan Fashion Week hosted 37 brand (maisons) spring 2009 shows. Among them, young designer Aya Furuhashi of fur fur label who presented a youthful, bohemian collection in garden-like scenery.

Under those many layers and flowers you can notice sweet and feminine pieces such as frilled baby-doll tops and chiffon dresses; three quarter length sleeved spring coats and jackets in precious taffeta or brocade as well as flower printed leisure trousers, all in warm, sun-bleached shades.

Fashion Fringe Competition @ LFW

One of the most looked-for events at London Fashion Week, Fashion Fringe talent competition announced its winner, yesterday, September 18th, after a press show at Covent Garden.

This year, the contest, known as a true launching pad for international labels such as Basso&Brooke, Sinha-Stanic and Erdem, had Donatella Versace as honorary chairwoman and £100,000 as the money prize.

The Fashion Fringe award went to Korean designer Eun Jeong Hong from Go By a Secret Path label who presented a wonderful all-white collection that included Grecian-inspired draped tunics, cropped slim trousers, sleeveless blazers and outstanding pieces made from several tiers of cotton lace petals.

Karstadt New Generation Award: Berlin spring 2009

Berlin Fashion Week also hosted the third edition of the Karstadt New Generation Award competition, honoring the best of the up-and-coming German designers.

For the spring-summer 2009 edition, the first of the nominees is design duo Boessert/Schorn, who presented a collection of layered, intricate, oversized women's clothing that mixes sportswear with handcrafting techniques.

Copenhagen Fashion Week: Highlights (I)

Forget Paris, London and Milan! Stockholm, Berlin and Copenhagen are now the new European fashion centers. The latter one was the home of the Copenhagen Fashion Week festival, held in August, 6th to 9th, which, gathering almost forty fashion labels, made a huge display of the well-known modern-edgy Danish style. Some of the best collections tempered the edge with a feminine appeal.

One of the CFW's highlights is Bibi Ghost, a young Danish designer presenting her second collection at Copenhagen Fashion Week. The label's design aesthetic lies in an atypical mix of playfulness and mature look with unexpected details, of loose volumes and minimalist cuts.

Bibi Ghost spring 2009

Top looks from New York Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2009

Here are some of my favorite designs, among so many, shown at the ongoing New York Fashion Week, spring-summer 2009 season.
Anna Sui spring-summer 2009 Carolina Herrera spring-summer 2009

Berlin Fashion Week (I): Minimalism and Futurism

From pure lines and simple shapes to flamboyant styles, Berlin proved to be, during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, a strong candidate for the title of 'ultimate fashion capital'.

Berlin Fashion Week started on Thursday, July 17 with a presentation of the HUGO collection for Spring/Summer 2009 that struck a minimalist note. Belgian designer Bruno Pieters presented his second collection for the well-known German brand.

Hugo spring 2009

Stockholm Fashion Week spring/summer 2009 (I)

Stockholm Fashion Week (days, to be more accurate), held from June 30th till July 2nd, has put on show fresh Northern ideas for spring 2009 season, gathering well-known brands such as Acne and Cheap Monday as well as up-and-coming designers nominated for the Mercedes-Benz Young Fashion Industry Award.

Acne sent forward tough and sophisticated looks, with strict cuts, straight lines and a minimalist color palette. Silly looking oversized ranger hats added a touch of humor to those punkish distressed denim jeans.

 

Next It Designer discovered online

The Internet has proven to be a rewarding medium for young fashion labels and independent designers. In proving that, MyItThings, online magazine of user-generated content, announced the launch of the "It" Designer Contest, the ultimate opportunity for aspiring designers.

I checked the 25 semifinalists and these three young designers got my attention with their innovative ideas. First one, I mean my favorite and hopeful the final winner, is mysterious Kimba from New York, only 23 years old.

Kimba designs

Kimba designs

Romanian Fashion Week: Ludmila Corlateanu

Ludmila Corlateanu was one of the up-and-coming designers staged at Romanian Fashion Week. Originating from Kishinev, the Moldavian Republic, she has now established her label in Bucharest making her way in the fashion business after studying clothing design in her home country and at Istituto Marangoni, Milan.

Ludmila Corlateanu fall/winter 2008/09

Ludmila Corlateanu fall/winter 2008/09