Fashion Philosophy Fashion Week Poland A/W 2011 in Łódź: Zuo Corp

Zuo Corp stunned with a wimple-tastic collection of well cut coats and dresses... followed by a brass marching band. On Sunday 8th May at Designers' Avenue.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Zuo Corp by Rebecca Elves
Zuo Corp by Rebecca Elves.

Zuo Corp by Dagmara Rosa and Bartek Michalec opened with yet more pealing bells as the same 12 models on rotation were sent out in grey wimples and tightly tied headscarves. Poland supplies the international fashion circuit with many a gorgeous creature, but they weren’t around for Fashion Week Poland. Someone needs to go fetch them back!

Zuo Corp by Rebecca Elves
Zuo Corp by Rebecca Elves.

Double breasted coat dresses were impressively well cut and for once the fabrics worked with the tailoring (perhaps because fabric sourcing from Italy and Germany is an integral part of the Zuo Corp brand). Note to other Polish fashion designers: see how much a bit of attention to quality changes things! There were sharp elbows, low waists, silk tailoring, intarsia knit details and sheer tights worn with high black secretary heels and chunky nugget rings. The avante garde soundtrack was a mash up of drum rolls and random bits taken from adverts. I liked the styling of the head scarfs tied on the back of the heads, and the cream silk designs with a peachy pointy finger print were very clever and wearable whilst still being quirky.

Zuo Corp Łódź Fashion Week AW 2011-photography by Amelia GregoryZuo Corp Łódź Fashion Week AW 2011-photography by Amelia Gregory

Then, all of a sudden, an excitable sprite started dancing down the stage, conducting in her wake – with the national flag – a full brass band. Sometimes something completely throws me at a fashion show, and this was most definitely one of those occasions. I had spotted one of the musicians polishing his tuba backstage so I had an inkling that something was afoot but this turn of events still took me and the rest of the audience by complete surprise because it was so totally random in the context of the show. But it was certainly one way to woo the crowd: inject a bit of unexpected humour why not?

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Zuo Corp A/W 2011. All photography by Amelia Gregory.

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