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А ten-day fashion spring in Skopje

The extended program of the fifth edition of the Fashion weekend-Skopje spring/summer 2012 (FWSK spring/summer 2012) which began on April 2 and will last ten days managed to heat the spirits of the fashion lovers. These days the the city pulsates with the rhythm of the latest fashion trends, fresh collections and different events which are held at several locations.

The string of fashion shows, cocktails, parties, exhibitions, humanitarian projects and exclusive events began on Monday with the revelation of the name of Jovana Filipovic- the winner in the open competition for new bottle design of “Pelisterka”. This was followed with the photo exhibitions “Nature and fashion” of the photographic duo Annie and Dimi-AD Photography, Biljana Kjosev and Zarko Culic which were placed in the new showroom with designs of cloths and jewelry from Macedonian designers.

Dimitar Petrovski, who along with his partner Andriana Kostova are the official photographers of the Fashion Weekend since its beginings, says:

– Since the start of the Fashion Week FWSK we are the official photographers  for the photo coverage of the event, but also for the pictures for the ads and the catalogs. I am glad that in these five editions of the Fashion weekend we managed to develop our photographic expression along with the progession of the quality of the events. The exhibition presented in this edition of the Fashion weekend is inspired by the eco theme for this spring / summer season, sp we participated with a few photos taken in nature. Some of them are older and some of them are presented for the first time.

The veteran of the the Macedonian fashion Nikola Eftimov in his well known unique style introduced us with his new fashion story from the Orient called “Hong Kong Express”, which was created in collaboration with his assistant Alexandra Jovanovska. As a continuation of his previous collection from the last Fashion weekend which was more focused on the street fashion, this time Eftimov showed his review on how to look funky, eccentric and modern for the evening nights out with an array of colorful creations in vivid colors, unusual materials and innovative cuts.

– The New Collection (Hong Kong Express) is inspired by the films of Wong Kar-Wai, especially “In the mood for love”and “2046.” I created 16 fashion appearances – 11 female and 5 male. For the preparation I used a mixture of traditional and natural materials. Most of the women dresses are stylish outlook of the qipao-dresses and the male models are stylization of the classical costume with elements of the sports clothing. Thedesigns for the „Jazz and Fashion“ show at the U.S. embassy are part of the series made specially for this occasion. I called it the “The Bebop Baroness”. The inspiration was the life of the British baroness  (Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter). She (Pannonica) is perhaps the greatest patron of bebop musicians, especially Thelonious Monk, says Eftimov.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Embassy in Macedonia opened its doors for the event “Jazz and Fashion”, and host-The US Ambassador Paul D. Wohlers once again proved that he plans to be a patron of events that will promote the Macedonian fashion industry and business.

Thirteen designers presented their unique creations that were specifically created for this occasion which was a tribute to the jazz era of the 1920s. The black elegance dominated the catwalk, but certainly the creations that had stronger colors were not excluded from the selection. Among the participants in this evening which celebrated the jazz and the elegant style of dressing was the young designer Vedrana Paneva, who said:

– „Jazz & fashion“ was а great cooperation between the U.S. Embassy and the designers. We could  see how all of us had different ideas of the same common theme. We also had a chance to meet and exchange experiences. An excellent organization and wonderful hosts. I think that such collaborations should happen more often. It will be good for such events to become a tradition and to havet thematic shows every year. I introduced 2 models inspired by the movie “Gatsby” and the music from that time diverted into a modernstyle.

On Wednesday the Museum of VMRO and the victims under the comunist regime was the venue for the gala fashion show in honour of the 5th anniversary of the work of the designer duo Tanja Kokev and Mila Kadriu and their common brand “Kokev & Kadriu.” Their new collection was actually a review of everything produced in the past years or a choice of 30 models of wedding dresses and cocktail dresses in silk.

Istanbul fashion week

Istanbul Fashion Week is a platform established to gain recognition for Turkish designers and brands in national and international tribunes. The objective of Istanbul Fashion Week is to enhance the design force in the fashion industry and to support the economical growth of the sector. Our aim with this major organisation, which allows designers and brands to present their latest collections, is to form a bridge, from which talents from Turkey and surrounding countries may expand worldwide. Istanbul Fashion Week hosted 21 fashion shows that took place between 7-10 September 2011 with the participation of 22 designers and 5 brands. Bringing Istanbul to the top of the world fashion agenda for 4 days, IFW Spring/Summer 2012 was followed by an audience of 30 thousand and  250 foreign press members.

Athens fashion week

Attracting thousands of visitors, the international press and celebrities, the Athens Fashion Week has slowly earned its place in the fashion world. Greek and international designers unite for this extravaganza held at Technopolis.  This year, for a fifteen consecutive time this traditional fashion event will take place between April 17 to 21, and besides the shows there will be numerous cultural events, concerts, exhibitions, prize competitions and workshops. Within the Athens fashion week, designers like Sophia Kokosalaki, Jean Charles De Castelbajac, Gaspard Yurkievich, Custo Barcelona.

Elena Petkovska

Photo: AD Photography