MBPFW SS15 #2 - Polanka // La Formela backstage

In this post we continue with the Day #2 at the Mercedes-Benz Prague Fashion Week. Today we changed our venue and left ZIBA Prague Glass Experience Museum. The shows of the leading Czech fashion designers are hosted by The skatepark on Prague's Štvanice Island for the entire Saturday's programme.

One of the best known Czech designers Jakub Polanka can be described in several sentences: a Prague UMPRUM and Paris Institut Français de la Mode graduate. A former asset to the Philippe Starck Designs team. A Mango Fashion Awards finalist and a presenting stylist at the Festival in Hyères. The designer of the year at Czech Grand Design and Hubert de Givenchy prize laureate. The best designer according to the Elle Style Awards and one of the most promising talents of the young generation according to Vogue Italia. 

Belleville, apocalypse, an epistolary love relationship, these are the topics Jakub has been working on for the last couple of seasons. The rhythm and pace of the spring/summer 2016 collection follow a well-known tune - (You Gotta) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT (to Party)!

Our garments have an artistic basis reflecting allusions to history, culture, traditions and nature” says about their work the Czech-Slovak LaFormela trio, the Czech Grand Design Award 2014 winners. Antonín Soukup, Miroslava Kohutiarová and Katarína Ravasová reach for certain elements into the past and at the same time transform them within the intentions of contemporary aesthetics. Their style is avant-garde and slightly underground, however, still distinctly feminine. Their avant-garde and slightly underground style which still maintains a distinctly feminine character is popular among many famous Czech figures. 

The trio’s description of their new spring/summer 2016 collection is mysterious: ‘The attraction and tension between opposites is a fascinating symbiosis. Fight changes into harmony and endless surprises opening new horizons.’

MBPFW SS16 #1 - Kubickova / Geislerova backstage

Another amazing Prague fashion week for SS16 is over. Such a fabulous experience! This time I was only in the backstage, which I enjoy a bit more than catwalks. That atmosphere and vibe is frankly indescribable. I literally revel in unexpected fashion moments, finding new compositions and angles ^^

So stay tuned, photos from my first backstage are right here!

The name Zuzana Kubíčková is a byword for women’s fashion, sensitive combinations of colours and old textile techniques applied to modern garment. Lace, embroidery and pearls – all these can be found in the collections of the UMPRUM graduate and ESAA Duperré in Paris and Iceland Academy of Arts in Reykjavik intern. The collections have been launched from her own studio in Prague since 2012. The Czech author was also credited with the Fashion Designer of the Year award at Czech Grand Design in 2011. 
The successful Czech designer in the Spring/ Summer 2016 season plays with the theme of card gambling. 'The ubiquitous adrenaline and joy of the game in the collection connects with motifs of card symbols, for example in the form of embroidery. With barriers aside, you get the green light for courage, and a risky appetite. There is nothing to worry about; aces up the sleeve are not necessary. It's just a game, with a pinch of fun that leaves you balancing on thin ice, "says Zuzana.
[official text from MBPFW]

Kateřina Geislerová started to work in her field in Paris, where she studied fashion design at LISAA at first, then did internships with French fashion houses and finally, fighting strong French fashion competition, opened her own boutique. Her distinctly feminine work instantly won the hearts of the Czech audience as well as fashion connoisseurs immediately following her debut at the domestic market during Mercedes-Benz Prague Fashion Weekend 2012. 

After a short break in spring 2015, Kateřina is coming back to the September MBPFW’s catwalk with a spring/summer 2016 collection about which she says: ‘Day and night, night and day. Without past or future. Merging dualities, transformation. A different dimension, different perceptions, different love…’
[official text from MBPFW]

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