Van Graaf's Emerging Talents

by Editorial Staff

The second day of the Mercedes-Benz Prague fashion week was dominated by the Van Graaf Junior Talent show which is the equivalent of the Vogue Fashion Fund in bigger markets. The top students of Czech fashion schools compete to get their designs noticed and celebrated during this customary event. This year's young designers were Adam Kost, Lukáš Krnáč, Zoltan Toth and AiM, a brand founded by Michaela Hriňová. What was evident from all the new designers was a general trend of deconstruction and incorporation of both classical and modern narratives. Adam Kost's loose poncho like coats had a lucid and elaborate quality to it. Lukas Krnac's take on the soccer field as a wearable statement was exceptionally clever and was filled with whimsy and understated charm. AiM provided a balanced and comprehensive take on the streetwear phenomenon that has taken up a giant market share in the last decade. But for all their excellent work, the work that stood out was of Zoltán Tóth. His ability to produce an ultra-feminine-functional couture-like collection was truly exceptional. What made his mini-collection stood out was the intricacy of his work and his ability to fuse separate narratives into one cohesive expression of ideas. While some aspect of that sort of interplay between silhouettes and lines were evident in Lukas's work as well, Zoltan made it look seamless (no pun intended). Ultimately all four junior designers had very distinct looks varying from experimental street wear to functional couture. And it is not hard to envision at least a few of them finding a global market as they grow in an industry that is evolving and expanding. 

                                                              ZOLTÁN TÓTH

                                                               LUKÁŠ KRNÁČ

                                                                         AiM 

                                                                  ADAM KOST 

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Postcards from Kiev : O'she and it's Delicate Charm

by Linda Bezos

Mercedes Benz Kiev Fashion Days has been a great platform for designers coming out of Ukraine. This year's stand out show from MBKFD was O'she, the brainchild of Natalia Koshely who wanted to create a lingerie collection that had elements of self-sufficiency and sexuality as part of the DNA. And looking at her first collection it is fair to say that mission is fully accomplished. The foundational colors of black and beige provided the basis for the overarching narrative of strong feminity with a touch of intrigue. The delicate materials added a sense of whimsy and playfulness while remaining true to it's foundational values.