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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Jewellery Art Fair SIERAAD in Amsterdam

All lovers of unusual jewellery, fashionistas, design aficionados and connoisseurs of art should keep the dates of 5 through 8 November open in their organizers, for on those days SIERAAD Art Fair will be held in the Gasholder on the Westergasterrein in Amsterdam.

The fair is claiming that this year's selection is simply spectacular so start saving now.
The fair is getting more international every year and as a result, according to insiders, more interesting and important.
In the course of 4 days SIERAAD Art Fair offers a prominent cross section of worldwide contemporary jewellery design. Once again, SIERAAD Art Fair will be a launching platform for young up-and-coming talent.
In this edition of the Fair students from Antwerp, Hasselt (Belgium) and the Fachhochschule of Düsseldorf (Germany) will present themselves and their special projects at the fair for the first time.

Ever since 2001 SIERAAD Art Fair has been a must for aficionados, collectors, curators, stylists, retailers and journalists. Visitors and buyers come from all over the world to do business during this not-to-be-missed four-day event. They buy directly from the makers, which is the distinguishing asset of SIERAAD: it enables artists to present and sell their work themselves to a large public. The dialogue between artist and interested party is a usp hardly to be overrated.

Here a photo review of my visit in 2013.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Elite Model Look announced finalists

On the 14th of October the winners of the Elite Model Look Netherlands 2015 will be announced during a festive finale in the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam.
The winners of Elite Model Look 2015 Netherlands may present themselves in late November at the Global Elite Network at the grand international final in Milan.

It is the dream of many teenagers: to be an international top model. Thousands of boys and girls at Elite Model Look Netherlands have the chance of a coveted international modeling career. They follow in the footsteps of dutch top models like Yfke Sturm, Frederique van der Wal and Lara Stone, all three discovered during this prestigious international modelling contest.

Elite Model Look is hosting the 32nd edition of this prestigious international modeling contest. With big names like Cindy Crawford, Gisele Bündchen and the Dutch Lara Stone, is Elite Model Look  looking for new faces to conquer catwalks worldwide.
So ran winner Davey Oldenburg different shows for Gucci, Moncler, Jill Sander and Topman, winner Namikka Mugerwa different shows in the Netherlands and she worked hard at her portfolio.
Finalist Yasmin Wijnaldum signed after the national final contract at the global Elite Network and ran shows for Valentino and Jean Paul Gaultier.
Last week, during Milan Fashion Week she showed for Prada Exclusive.

Today the finalists were announced and for the week they will be prepped by a professional team of stylists, make up artists, photographers, sports nutritionists and coaches catwalk. The parents and teachers of the finalists will be heavily involved in that preparation.
In clothing of Jan Boelo, McGregor, Jaguar Mode (Versace, Blumarine, Hervé Léger, Philipp Plein), Bjorn Borg and Edwin Oudshoorn the models on the catwalk will be allowed to put their best foot forward for press and guests. The presentation of this finale is held by Lieke van Lexmond.

In addition to the finalists also a number of former Elite Model Look Netherlands participants will enter the catwalk. Among them Davey Oldenburg and Yasmin Wijnaldum.
Davey won Elite Model Look Netherlands in 2014, after which he has received many international assignments, such as Gucci and Jil Sander. Yasmin was a finalist last year and now has the catwalk shows of Prada, Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino, Lanvin, Carven and Chloé to her name.

Also, a number of other Elite models are specially flown in from New York, Paris and Milan for the final of Elite Model Look Netherlands.

From the 20 finalists, one boy and one girl will be declared the winner of Elite Model Look Netherlands 2015. The top model in the making wins a contract with Elite Model Management Amsterdam. Besides this jump start of their modeling career, the winners win a spot in the big international final in Milan.

The female finalists are:

In alphabetic order Amarins Bokma, Anne-Wietske Borsch, Anouk Schipper, Anouk Thijssen, Emma Ijkema, Floor Op ’t Holt, Juliette Nooter, Kyona van Santen, Leric Eijkenloof en Oona Budon.

And the male finalists are:

Alex Deneke, Arend-Jan Kollen, Daney Jans, Gino Geldof, Jelle Hutting, Jesse de Jong, Mattia Creamza, Raimon Vrijhoeven, Ruben Brugmans and Xando Koster.

Photo credit: amraniphoto.com & Danish Ahmed 
Source: Press Release

Get ready for ‘What if…’ @ Dutch Design Week

Dutch Design Week will take place from Saturday 17 until Sunday 25 October in Eindhoven (the Netherlands). With this year’s theme ‘What if...’ DDW honours and emphasises the powers of imagination of designers.

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In October of each year, Dutch Design Week (DDW) takes place in Eindhoven. The biggest design event in Northern Europe presents work and ideas of more than 2400 designers to more than 250,000 visitors from home and abroad.
In more than eighty locations across the city, DDW organises and facilitates exhibitions, lectures, prize ceremonies, networking events, debates and festivities.
All kind of designers are participating, from fashion & textile to home & industrial designs.

Vascobelo V Bar Eindhoven:Expo La Esperanza by Anna

DDW is different from other design events, because it concentrates on the designs of the future. Although during the event every imaginable discipline and aspect of design is on offer, the emphasis is on experiment, innovation and cross-overs. Exceptional attention each year goes to work and development of young talent.

The 14th DDW promises to be a programme packed with design, technology and innovation under the banner ‘What if…’. For nine whole days there will be presentations in 80 locations by 2400 designers. A DDW ticket offers unlimited access to a number of exceptional locations, museum ticket discounts and free entry to live concerts. All other locations are free, unless stated otherwise in the programme.

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Martijn Paulen, DDW director: "Posing the right questions is the motor for the imagination. Designers think about how we will live and live together in the future. They dare to question everything, dream of a different answer and shape it. This is how they lay the basis for the innovations of the future."

Sectie C: Coat Rack by PeLi Design

For more information visit DDW

Source: press release

Monday, October 5, 2015

All about 18th Athens Xclusive Designers Week

41 Fashion designers and brands are getting ready for the 18th Athens Xclusive Designers Week. The designers and brands from Greece and abroad will present their new fashion trends for Spring - Summer 2016 from 23 until October 26, 2015 at the Conference Center of Ethniki Asfalistiki in Athens.

AXDW for the 18th time is carving new paths in the development and promotion of Greek fashion at home and abroad by investing in partnerships with international agencies, media and buyers, even in difficult times and provides a complete dialogue platform for representatives of the fashion industry with the general public, aiming the extroversion of Greek designers.

This year AXDW managed to involve the largest fashion showroom representing international fashion brands in Asia, the Danube Fashion Office. The Danube Fashion Office, comes for first time in Greece, exclusively for the 18th AXDW, with the intention to explore the possibility of cooperation with Greek designers of clothes and fashion accessories.

Twenty three fashion shows, showrooms, exhibitions, happenings, design contests, international guests and twelve young talents who make their debut at Fashion Week in Athens, will attract the attention during the 4 days of AXDW.
Among the participants designers, new collections will present two very important designers from Serbia, guests of the event.
Participants designers in alphabetic order are:
Atelier Loukia
Boško Jakovljević
Dimitrios Ordoulidis
Eleni Kyriacou
Gio Sourgiadakis
Gogo by Stalo
Kathy Heyndels
La Vue
Loukia Kyriakou
Marcello Nyktas
Panos Apergis
Rita Pateroni
Tassos Mitropoulos
Vasilije Kovačev
Vassilis Zoulias

Finally the Athens Xclusive Designers Week, recognizing the importance of accessories and faithful to its vision to represent as closely as possible the Greek creativity in fashion, for the 2nd time will organise a section for Greek Accessory Designers, the Xclusive Elements.

More than 20,000 guests will have the opportunity to have a closer look at Greek Fashion Accessories Designers, but also have the possibility to make purchases, taking advantage of tailored prices. At Xclusive Elements 18 labels are participating: Archtrend, E.T. Collection Creations by Elsa Toli, Eireen Scarves, Lamprini, Maesa Morado, Miaou-Niaou, My Scarf, Rubee Handmade, 7PM, Sophia Koutsoukou.

The third day of 18th AXDW is dedicated to a well-established institution: the New Designers Awards, which for nine years highlights and rewards new talents. 12 young designers will present their S / S 2016 collections and will claim three distinctions: Best Designer, Best Trendsetter and Best Catwalk. The Young Designers who will compete are: Blondie.e, Chris & Tonia, Demis Araniadis, JK by Joy Koumentakou, Mal-le by Aggeliki Maleviti, Maria Vytinidou, Maro Martzh, Nella Ioannou, Parle Moi, Penelope Demetriou, Persephone and Tryfonas Modestou

Also on that day fashion colleges AKTO Art & Design College and Athens Fashion Club Fashion School present the creations of their students in on the catwalk.

For all days of the event, AXDW opens again its doors to all who feel they have a talent for drawing, and invites them to participate in an open competition the Fashion Design Project, regardless of profession and education, to compete for a place in the New Designers of next tournament, "winning" the votes of the public through online voting open.
For the application form, candidates can enter www.axdw.gr, a look for the Fashion Design Project.

Wrangler Fall-Winter 2015-2016 Born Ready

Wrangler presents the winter collection with perfect lines and special fabrics, making your days most beautiful and your evenings more fun.

The women's collection includes skinny designs and series such as regular-skinny Corryn.

New entry of the season is the boyfriend jeans. The Wrangler denim channelled the experience into a renewed version of this modern trend: not low waist nor high waist, but comfortably around the waist and hips, narrowing down to create an elegant, tucked silhouette. Available in three colors to suit every taste: you will look great with any you choose.

The Wrangler adopts a new philosophy that starts this season: philosophy Born Ready. Feel ready for anything with this winter collection that the jeans goes a step further in the future. Innovations include Cold Ready and Rain Ready denim, which keep you warm in the cold and dry in a sudden rain storm.

And to keep the skinny jean more wonderful than ever, the Shape Ready jeans enriched with an incredible ability to restore. It is a kind of design which begins weaving: since cotton blended with Lycra® dualFX®, these jeans always return to their original form.

The prints of these T-shirts caught my eye

and these belts are most haves!

About Wrangler

The brand of Wrangler was born in 1947 on a platform of innovation: to create the best jeans for cowboys.
Today, Wrangler continues to create the best jeans and meets the needs of modern consumers. To show handsome, but to work hard; the element that directs Wrangler to make you feel Born Ready - full strength to face all that will bring life.
The collection is based on modern lines you can wear then topped by innovative finishes. Wrangler accelerate the development of jeans with pioneering initiatives: denim that keeps the rain away or to help you feel warm in the cold.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Stelios Koudounaris presents "Les Cavaliers Noirs"

Stelios Koudounaris presents his collection for fall-winter 2015-2016 "Les Cavaliers Noirs" - the black riders.

With this collection the fashion designer narrates a story.
A story of two heroes, a woman and a man both being fearless, decisive and strong as iron.
Life-travelers, explorers, admirers of everything new, his heroes remain undefeated in difficulties, falling and getting up again, experiencing the unknown, crying and laughing; they continue timeless in life, galloping as wild horses.
People, who always look ahead, Cavaliers Noirs become the heroes of modern times. Dynamic men and women of today, holding the reins of their lives.  

Stelios Koudounaris’ collection for ΑW 15-16 has two distinctive characteristics, masculine elements combined with athleisure chic and high end tailoring.  His trousers combine sweatpants with fine wool. Egg shaped mantaux worn over drapped asymmetric dresses.
The calm strength of self-confidence in his collection, reveal velvet, satin, wool felts, '"armor like" knits and silk crepe form blazers, culottes and bias cut dresses, worked in low tones contrasts. Personality is the main protagonist in Les Cavaliers Noirs.

Here a glimpse of the collection.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


On the occasion of World Animal Day (October 4) TOMS® participate in the two-day event 'I Care About means I Care For' (‘Νοιάζομαι σημαίνει Φροντίζω’) organized by Pedigree® and Whiskas®, under the auspices of the Municipality of Athens to inform and sensitize the public on responsible ownership of pets, contributing to action for the care of pets.
On Saturday the 3rd and Sunday, the 4th of October, TOMS is waiting for you at Kolonaki Square in the fashion quarter of Athens from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with activities for young and old to support the initiative for information and care for homeless pets, adoption opportunities and incentives offered by the Adoption Pedigree® program through which more than 2,500 dogs have found a warm shelter.

In a specially designed space, children will have the opportunity through creative painting to learn and earn lots of TOMS gifts.

On this Saturday and Sunday TOMS organises 'Style Your Sole', where everyone has the opportunity to acquire a pair of TOMS, designed uniquely for her or him, inspired by the World Animal Day.

TOMS Greece mobilizes the community by encouraging it to participate in the campaign through social media to enhance the City of Athens Adoption Program for strays.
Upload a picture with your TOMS and your beloved pet using the hashtags #Noiazomai #TomsGreece #TakeAPicHelpAPet.

With each post, a free lunch by Pedigree® Whiskas® will be dedicated to pet care needs of the homeless pets of Athens.
Starting now!