by the Editorial Staff

Kateřina Geislerová has a certain feminine charm that comes through her work.  That could be a product of her Parisian education or an affinity to adhere to silhouettes that border on the classic in a world full of streetwear and deconstruction. What is also visible in the current collection is the steady growth of Katerina's work. It is a mature and polished to the point you know that you are looking at a designer comfortable in her own skin and her own abilities. 

Petra Balvínová's TIQE is one of the brands that seems to have existed forever. While it is not as old as the fashion houses in Milan or Paris, it is still known for its longevity and its ability to reinvent itself. A steady introduction of diversity in looks and movements has lead this brand to remain consistently fresh and above all, relevant in an evolving industry where static is death. TIQUE was one of the more prominent shows to grace the catwalks of Prague fashion week. With the incorporation of a steady stream of colorful dresses and short and long silhouettes, TIQE provided a balance in terms of aesthetics. Sure the occasional deconstruction was evident but they were layered with fine tailoring and attention to details.

As Mercedes-Benz Prague Fashion Week comes to a close it is worth nothing that the immense potential for some these newer, smaller brand need to translate into actual success and some of the newer brands can find solace and good strategy by studying these older but relevant brands.


MBPFW AW17 : The Standouts on Day 3

by the Editorial Staff

Mercedes-Benz Prague fashion week has produced some quality designer who overwhelmingly focused on streetwear. Of the 10 odd shows so far, about 8 had elements that are deeply rooted in the expression of avant-garde streetwear. So when Imreczeova, the brainchild of Zdenka Imreczeova strutted down the runway with pastel blue, navy blue and solid oak black, it stood out. It stood out because of the lines; it stood out because of the fusion of light colors as a layer to dark colors; it stood out because there was something so very minimalist, so very neatly Japanese about the collection that despite rather arduous musical arrangement the clothes spoke and sang a hymn of simplicity. Imreczeova made the third day stood out. 

If Imreczeova was a love song for simplicity, then the Situationist founded by designer Irakli Rusadze brought his own take on 80s shoulder pads and long silhouettes. The contrasting style of the two standout designers was a good indication of where Prague as a market and as a fashion city is moving. It is not moving east, it is surely moving west. Situationists' influences were deeply rooted in American sense of aesthetics with a hint of his Georgian heritage. 

An honorable mention must go to Micheal Kovacik who used to be a stylist before fully committing to designing clothes. High-end silk and excellent craftsmanship were fully complemented by the movement of the dresses and paid homage to a sense of minimalism despite having elaborate stylings. While the collection itself did not come across as a fully comprehensive dissection of a specific idea, it did have a strong expression of creative will. In many ways, Kovacik's work is a testament to his ability to think outside a narrative but in a business where you need time to develop single ideas over a period of time, this see-sawing may be counter-productive in the long run. That being said, it was a joy to watch variety of ideas, from minimalist black to elaborate multicolored dresses, strutting down the runaway.