Dominika Naziebly A/W 2010 by Joanne Oatts.
On Thursday night Andels Hotel hosted the Gala Graduate show of the Academy of Fine Arts, otherwise known as the Gala Dyplomowa, featuring top graduate fashion talent. We were ushered to the top floor of the hotel where the warehouse has retained its original huge proportions, big enough for a catwalk and plenty of seating. An utterly fabulous venue, and very convenient too…
Here, in alphabetical order (cos that’s the way it rolls) are the designers that showed:
Adrianna Grudzinska showed Polacz Kropki (Slow Up) – swing dresses and pleated separates in shades of camel, mushroom and peach.
Kobieta Symetryczna featured sharp tailoring in white, black and beige with highlights in red slashes by Aleksandra Kmiecik, who also shows on the main schedule. I saw parts of this collection last season and you can read my review here.
Gala graduate designer Alicja Antoszczyk showed as part of the Golden Thread Awards last season, so I instantly recognised her sleek rubberised garments, layered in sophisticated shades. The collection is called Zawsze Jest Jakie’s Ale: intriguing!
Eco designer Dominika Naziebly also showed at the Golden Thread Awards: my favourite was wheeled out once again, a stunning red puffball dress. This season she also showed on the Off Out Of Schedule catwalk, review to come shortly.
Zip details and drop crotches were the order of the day at Elzbieta Kapczynska-KC, with a collection titled Zbroja Miejska.
Magdalena Zajaczkowska by Geiko Louve.
Magdalena Zajaczkowska‘s collection was called Sploty I Przeploty, meaning Pleats and Intertwines. She showed oversized and bulbous knitwear in slate and dark jewel colours.
Martyna Idzikowska showed a reprise of her innovative collection shown at the Golden Thread Awards - incredible layers of white fabrics created egg-like silhouettes, emphasised with blood red underlayers.
Olga Mieloszyk by Novemto Komo.
Not speaking a word of Polish, I can’t be entirely sure, but I think that Olga Mieloszyk won the main award. Her Oranzeria collection was amongst my favourites: beautiful and wearable womens and menswear with intricate frills, panelling and pleated details in shades of orange and browns.
All photography by Amelia Gregory.
The show ended with a beautiful selection of sculpted evening dresses in sweetie shades by Karolina Glegula, except I am not sure I wrote down her name correctly: I did my best by squinting at the screen behind the catwalk since there was no information in written form to take away.
Find out more about the Golden Thread Awards in my previous blog post: it was certainly a night to remember: two solid hours of catwalk show!
A/W 2011, Academy of Fine Arts, Adrianna Grudzinska, Aleksandra Kmiecik, Alicja Antoszczyk, Andels, Coats, Dominika Naziebly, Eco fashion, Elzbieta Kapczynska, Evening Wear, Fashion Philosophy Fashion Week Poland, Gala Dyplomowa, Gala Show, Geiko Louve, Golden Thread Awards, Joanne Oatts, Karolina Glegula, knitwear, Kobieta Symetryczna, Lodz, Magdalena Zajaczkowska, Martyna Idzikowska, Novemto Komo, Off Out Of Schedule, Olga Mieloszyk, Oranzeria, Pleats and Intertwines, Polacz Kropki (Slow Up), Sploty i Przeploty, Zawsze Jest Jakie's Ale, Zbroja Miejska
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