Archive for June, 2010
My dear readers, I am deeply sorry that I do not have written that much in the last time, but unfortunately my laptop went crazy and put himself to a rest, which left me ordering a new macbook and trying to save all the files that the old one wanted to swallow – forgive me.
If you want to attend a special party tonight full of fun, good music and stylish people I would advice you to go to Pratersauna – it is THE place to be tonight if you want to enjoy your life and if you want to become acquainted with another sparkling facette of Vienna – the fashion crowd.
Fashion is something that can be interpreted in various ways and above all it is something that depends on the different views of different people with different lifestyles and different opinions. So there I go with showing my opinion about two fashion shows I attended the last few days.
Tuesday June 15th, 2010: LISKA Fashion Show – Semper Depot
I like Thomas Kirchgrabner personally, well, as far as I know him, and I appreciate his talent and his work as chief designer of LISKA, but I have been quite disappointed by what I have seen on Tuesday. Being invited by him, I stood there in the first row – looking at the runway and at my photographer Leonie Soyel – and I have been slightly shocked by what was there right in front of me – one copy after another ran down the runway and from one second to another my mood swung and I’ve turned a bit angry. To copy various elements and details, is one thing, but copying complete designs is something that I just cannot tolerate. Most of the looks reminded me of Alexander McQueen, Armani Privé, Prada, Christian Dior and Balenciaga.
Besides the typical LISKA textile, which is actually fur, fur and more fur, Thomas used a lot of silk and cotton which fitted perfectly well to his fur coats, which reminded me a bit of Fendi and the coats Dior used in their ad campaign two years ago, with model Jessica Stam. Most of the audience in the front rows has been the typical LISKA clients – old ladies with money, Fendi fur and Louis Vuitton bags and every time they saw something that sparkled or a new fur coat they applauded and every single time they did so I just stood there with my white wine thinking ‘that’s Austria’.
And if you do wonder, why the models do not wear any shoes, here is an insider information: the shoes have not been delivered on time and so the girls had to tiptoe down the runway – but to be honest, they could have cleaned the feet before sending out the girls to pose.
Thursday June 17th, 2010: Angewandte Fashion Show – Orangerie Schönbrunn
Today I have attended the official closing event of Vienna’s Ten Festival for Fashion and Photography the Fashion Show of Die Angewandte [this year conducted by Bernhard Willhelm], which is one of the most renowned art schools in Austria and I have just three words left to describe this show – bad, boring and calamitous.
Why does everyone in Austrian fashion scene seem to think guys on heels is a new trend – please, believe me – it is definitely nothing more than a ridiculous sign of trying to be able to compete with international fashion scenes, but that won’t work that way. It is just ridiculous, unesthetic and so wrong!
The whole show was a fishing for attention and the actual fashion has been missing, well at least I looked for it and all I did see have been blankets and a bunch of textiles and fabrics without a cut or obvious sewing techniques thrown on models that neither could walk, nor had the right proportions to be allowed to walk and oh my God – please can someone take off K.D. from Vienna catwalks? He is so embarrassing and so is M.S. – please just hide away and let real models do your work.
Pictures of the show will come soon, but for now stay tuned and have a good night.
I have just returned from a wonderful evening with my beautiful friend Kathi. We have been at a Vernissage about British fashion in Museumsquartier which has been done by one of my most beloved friends Alexandra who looked sensational tonight. In this vernissage, which is called ‘Fish and Chips, Twice Please?!’ you can see fabulous British fashion creations by Nicholas Krikwood, who is at the moment one of the most brilliant shoe designer of all times [he was doing various collaborations with Rodarte and Chloé], Emma Bell, fashion designer and fashion writer and many, many more.
I actually had a very good time there and afterwards, when Kathi and I went out to eat some ice cream with two really nice guys called F and M where we discussed fashion and life. On the way home I have been reading in the catalogue I have taken with me from the vernissage and as I scanned through it, I have found a wonderful article from my dear friend Alexandra, which I want to type here in order to let you know of her brilliancy:
‘Every time I hear people talk about Vienna, they speak about everything except fashion. The Austrians don’t know how to ress and the Austrian fashion scene – if there is an actual fashion scene – is dead. That’s the common take. BUT time changes, and with proects such as Fish and Chips, Twice Please?! Vienna is on the best way to build a strong fashion-related reputation. With British names such as Emma Bell, Louise Gray and Nicholas Kirkwood, in combination with local contributors like Tatendrang or the Tingel, Tangel DJs, an exchange takes place that has never been there before. Vienna, London. London, Vienna – an axis of creative flow that once opened will never stop!
Fish & Chips
Schnitzel & Vogerlsalat
Design & Culture
Tradition & Moderne
[by Alexandra Bondi de Antoni]
It is almost 1 in the morning and there are only a couple of hours left until our fashion show is going to start and let me tell you one thing – I look so forward to it, because it is going to be great!
In collaboration with French Encens Magazine and our fashion design teachers Wally Salner and Johannes Schweiger, who both form the label ___fabrics interseason, three bachelor years of fashion students put together their collections in order to complete 31 looks on 31 models, which has been titled Azubi 01.
I hope to see you all there at the Wittgensteinhaus, Parkstraße 18, 1030 Vienna and wish you a wonderful good night.