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So, here’s the truth: I arrived with low expectations (because I was very disappointed of the annual fashion show of the University for artistic and industrial design Linz in cooperation with the Fashion Institute of Vienna last year) and the will to take pot luck. And I did. Honestly, I wasn’t just surprised by the high set standard of the first and second year of students who started the show… but let me get to make my point by starting at the beginning.
Okay, no. Not the right place, not the right time. This post will not be about me for a change but about the students of the University for artistic and industrial design Linz in cooperation with the Fashion Institute of Vienna.
Date: June 5th, 2012
Time: 8.30 pm
Location: Wiener Tramwaymuseum; A-1030 Vienna; Erdbergstraße 109 – Entrance Ludwig Koesslerplatz
A beautiful building. Old brick. An ancient character. As I enter the hall and take my front row seat I feel a little bit tense. Not knowing what will come but being aware of the fact that these days are crucial. The cooperation between the University of Linz and the fashion institute of Vienna has been, well let’s say broken. That’s why momentary and former students created ‘Hetzendorf brennt’ a campaign to unite all their powers to save the cooperation as well as the possibility of studying fashion design in the halls of Hetzendorf Castle. Crucial. In Austria there is not ONE opportunity to get a bachelor’s degree in fashion design that combines artistic as well as marketing skills. There is no course on any of our Universities available that unites the technical fashion education (sewing, shoe making, millinery and knitting) with knowledge of the historical backgrounds on the development of fashion, design and the arts as well as a fundamental education in Marketing, Public Relations and Languages. On top of that the training of the skills of art – drawing; drafting; using computer programs like Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign; getting to know a variety of art techniques finding the one that suits you and your character the most. Can you tell me why one would shut down such an opportunity for young creatives who long for a fundamental education in fashion?
So – the show started with moderations and introductions. And then it came – BAMM! The first and the second year of the bachelor’s course made quite an entrance. They set a very high standard and left a very clear message: ‘This is us. Come take a look! This is what we can do.’
I see a lot of inspirations apart from Designers like Coco Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Fendi and Badgley Mischka but also other images like calm seas; gold ducats; woods and freedom. After The first and second bachelor year three foreign students of the Bunka Fashion College Japan were invited to present their fabulous collections. Collections that were rich of asian influences as well as open for ethnicities and shapes and texture mixes and rich in colors!
There was a pause and I could see the people shifting in their seats. I knew, they were related to those students who would celebrate their last show that night for they would then concentrate on their bachelor theses and put all their efforts into their final presentation to get their bachelor degrees. That night truly was all about them and their hard work:
Alice Jieun Kim – Back to Basics
Alice Frey – That, which is worn
Claudia Stanek – Tracing
Daria Vdovitchenko – Makro
Elvira Greblic – giving a matter its structure
Inga Nemirovskaia – Sojourner
Isabel Helf – construction site
Katharina Perzl – Tomoko
Katharina Triltsch – De/Formation
Kathi Zanon – Camera scura
Katrin Wallner – Nebula
Laura Haberkorn – Blue Star
Natalie Ofenböck – Skizzen
Leonie-Rachel Soyel – yolculuktan izler
Louise Witt-Dörring – workwearstyles.
Lubov Liebendoerfer – From Russia with love
Maximilian Rittler – Roger
Pia Bauernberger – Stack of clothes
Simone-Kathrin Sassmann – Steady F//M
Sophie Skach – Phileas Fogg, the old vagabond.
Teresa Toth – The Room Collection
Cudos! to the students of the last year – not just for wonderful collections but also for managing all that AND finishing the year. I know how hard that is but you know what guys? Take a look into the mirror because you almost made it. Yeah, you almost made it and the world is ready for you to conquer her!
P.S.: All photos courtesy of Teresa Hammerl of Colazione a Roma || Colazione a Venezia.
Another Post on the Show by a dear colleague: Dani Magdup from royalpinkgoth- alternative fashion in vienna.
Spotted: K getting back to love, M being introduced to the fashion elite, J looking fabulous and me changing radically but always keeping an eye on fashion
it is kind of traditional for my lazy Sundays I am currently sitting in front of the Screen with an Episode of Gossip Girl, work and a lot of things going on in my mind. The last weekend wasn’t just eventful and entertaining, it was also important for making decisions, planning the future, turning the back on a few things of the past and looking into a new direction…somehow.
Not being in the mood to go out and party a little bit seems kind of passé to me since my last Friday was full of wine, gossip, party and labels – K, M and I started out having an actual Horro Movie Dvd Evening – which ended up in drinking wine, ignoring the movie, talking about bf’s, bff’s and the big X, dressing up in the hottest fashion, running through racks of Louboutin and Valentino shoes, stroking a beautiful Hermès muff, falling in love with an amazing Chloé silk-dress and preventing K from giving away her newly purchased Fendi Tweed Stilettos with a beautiful leather bow. Truth be told – she could not give away those perfect shoes without the sense of indebtedness. After gossiping and talking and hating everyone who was not us we welcomed J – a beautiful, funny girl who had the clear advantage of bringing more alcohol and for being welcome in our hearts by wearing a marvelous cocktail dress with silver shoulder epaulettes. We drank, we put on the final makeup and gave ourselves the final touch (me draping my new XXL Burberry scarf which was a gift from my wonderful K – and it fitted totally perfect to my Burberry tie and my Croco Bag) to go to Club Kinsky – a funny, exclusive and nice furnitured spot in the 4th district.
Pictures show – no one did look as good as we did and as we danced on the floor with people staring at us I have realized that I have changed withing the last weeks of getting my life right and caring about the major and most important things right now – THE JOB, THE FRIENDS, THE LABELS and not so much the love that obviously have to wait until I am ready to get all dressed up in it again. M and I took off at about three deciding to go to Bratislava the next day – well as we woke up in the morning we decided not to go to B but leaving the day to be shopping event by dropping by SCS – big mistake, but huge save for my crashed Gucci Shades, which got easily repaired there…dinner was a catastrophe (well not for me for you can’t simply do anything wrong with a salad and a glass of sparkling water, but M got quite disappointed by his Penne Calamari and decided to go for Pizza after telling the waiter that the dish as a complete disaster) and the people all around us…I just can’t find words for the way they dressed but I simply have to put it in the ‘been there, done that, no need to go back there’ box and and keep it safe forever.
Baby Bash, Baby Boom, Babies everywhere – and you simply can’t get away from them. If we have to co-exist with those little brags why can’t parents just keep them safe at home or in kindergarden to save all out freaking nerves from crying and breast feeding in public spots – hello?! If I would have ever wanted to see a breast – I would have either been straight or studying medicine to become a plastic surgeon facing fake, hard breasts every single day. Well – as the whole day was about facing babies I got the lovely task to attend a baby part in the evening…lucky me.
The only thing, besides not enjoying the disgustingly happy and satisfied people who use to be my oldest friends, I found out something about me, that I did always tried to ignored being true…well at least since the last two years. Love and friendship is all about sharing something – whether its secrets or devotion, fun and laughter, hobbies and time spent and even if you do not get to see each other often (even though you are the best of friends) there still is a connection existing and yesterday I realized…this connection is gone. I have faced myself in the middle of the crowd (fashionably wrapped up in Burberry, of course) and then all by myself in the baby’s room and I have realized that is not what I want yet. All of my friends always smile on me trying everything to become successful in the fashion industry and every time I talk to them about my life and not sleeping but working 24/7 they don’t get me – and the really bad thing is they never try to. As I stood there in the room looking at all the stuff, thinking about people changing and drifting apart I have come to realize that not just I have changed but they to. They are not in the place they saw themselves in four and a half years ago before we all left school to study…now I am the only one finished, having a bachelor, no relationship and a career I am working on while Ml has a baby coming up in a pretty neat house, Js moved in with her guy and becoming a teacher and Ma building a house with her bf not knowing what the future will hold or when her studies will end.
So I stood there and I realized…this is not who I am and that was definitely not what I wanted…not at the age 23…so I turned out the light in the pink baby room…got downstairs said goodbye and went off.
Lives change…people change…careers change…future plans change…even the matter of the heart have to face some changes and while we all develop and grow up we sometimes have to make decisions that are best for us…or sometimes the worst. But even then, we have made the decision to look forward and to seperate from those things and people that keep us down, that do not support us and that never take us seriously.
Chapter III: the saying Goodbye. Closed and done.
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.