Article: Christopher George
Athens is one of the most enchanting cities on the planet as well as a centre for the art, learning and philosophy. From theatre to design, architecture and literature. Athens really does have the arts running through its veins.
So it’s with little surprise that Athens fashion industry houses some of the most exciting designers during its fashion week under the name of ATHENS XCLUSIVE DESIGNERS WEEK, held in the heart of Athens at the spectacular Zappeion Hall.
55factory attended the 4 day event and obviously had front row during all the shows, to hunt down designers we believe are creating a fashion storm for the modern woman and man.
We also found some incredible couturiers designing incredible collections for 2018 as well as some beautiful models walking the shows.
Heavy wrapped fabrics seemingly simply designed, but with crafted cuts and layering. Oversized cuffs, dropped shoulders and synched waistlines create a dramatic and statues silhouette, theatrical yet easy to wear and extremely modern with a classical narrative flowing through.
One of our favourite designers this season with the Simple and easy to wear creations of new minimalism. Fine detailing in the cuts, strong lines, detailed and tailored shoulders creating geometric shapes that are casual but sophisticated. A timeless collection that can easily be brought to trend with simple styling.
This talented designer could have been showing this collection in London with its unique and creative approach. The art direction was superb, quirky, strong designs, beautifully cut fabrics and spectacular print design from this once interior architect graduate. Having studied at Glasgow School of Art, she became inspired with alternative techniques in making her own fabrics.
This collection took reference from the entertainment of freak shows during the Victorian era across Europe and America, this became the central source of research with her print design for this 2018 show. Klelia creates her own happy and colourful freak show, and what a spectacular show it was from this talented young designer. Definitely one to watch!
Strong fabrics and silhouette with oversized and boxed shoulders, synched waistline and strong colour combinations. The collection is unsophisticated and more utilitarian, yet retaining a sharp atmosphere and mood. Sure to be a huge success for Autumn.
One of the highlights during the Athens Fashion Week from the duo partners MI-RO.
The catwalk show was dramatic, simple, beautifully and feminine. MI-RO woman’s wear have brought a new aesthetic to the fashion world since the appearance of the brand in 2003. Not being afraid to take control with their fresh and timeless style, graphic designs, detailed designs and dynamic silhouettes. Know for dressing special occasion, but not dominating them.
The MI-RO woman is in control without a doubt - VAMP !!
Using black as a base with the accents of vivid electric blues and purples. Oversized items with the popular and wearable trend of synched waistlines, that seems to be a firm favourite on the catwalk and hi-trends. Inspirations come from the New Romantics Vamp theme, and geometric shapes of Japanese fashion, to the elegant romantic military uniform from the 1940. This was a stunning and strong collection from a designer not afraid to take some risks.
Asymmetric cuts, oversized fabrics, beautiful tailoring and layering. Ready to wear and extremely sophisticated, greys and blacks holding the collection together with some shocking reds and blue bringing one of the best collection of the Athens Xclusive Designe Week. The international fashion brand, one of the leading Greek fashion houses has a strong following and has shown collections in Paris, Barcelona and Milan.
Know for their continuity and eco friends fabrics, its no surprise the fashion house has been featured in VOGUE , Dazed and Confused as well as ELLE to mention a few.
The show was an indulgence in women’s luxury and femininity. With striking associations to the glamour of Hollywood during the golden era and of the hi society from the 1960s French Rivera.
Incredible outfits feeling comfortable at the most grand of occasions and events, for the sophisticated and exclusive woman.
Vassilis Zoulias offers a pret-a-porter collection and Haute Couture bridal service at his atelier.
I will be definitely be heading there for my next big day outfit, wedding number 2!!!!