Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Day 1 Budapest Essential Looks Highlights

 Kate Middleton's wedding dress wasn't the only outfit worth commenting on on Friday the 29th of April as I attended Budapest's first, seasonal Essential Looks fashion event.  

Sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional, Budapest Essential Looks brought ten of Hungary's finest fashion designers to the runway, each one showcasing their Spring/Summer 2011 womenswear collections. Fuelled by bespoke Budapest Muse Absolut cocktails (FYI - cocktails containing paprika aren't as disgusting as you would imagine) and the throbbing beats of DJ's Doppler and Jérôme Andrieux, I managed to wriggle my way to the end of the runway to report on the two day event for ARTSthread.com. Here are the highlights from Day 1:

A mixture of acid-bright, psychadelic tie-dye textiles and black tailored pieces were the basis for Moholy-Nagy University of Art & Design graduate Dóra Mojzes' spring/summer 2011 collection. Drawing inspiration from techno music and the regalia of the Roman legionaries, the collection juxtaposed strap-back suit jackets with maxi skirts, leather panelling and fringed waistlines. Accessorised with sandal heels and leather wrist bands, the collection also featured motifs created by infamous Budapest-based street artist Miss-KK Barbara, whose 'Puffgirls' were emblazened across the front of several pieces.
View my photos of the collection HERE

Drawing inspiration from their own previous collections, Je Suis Belle have recycled many fabrics taken from their own past creations. Old and new fabrics of various textures are combined by head designers Dalma Dévényi and Tibi Kiss to create a patchwork of textiles. The result is a collection of casual yet elegant pieces  - with the occasional cape thrown in for good measure. Linen whites, royal blues and reds accentuate the garments and finishing touches were added in the form of some bizarre looking shoes and headpieces by accessory designers Larisza Pasztircsák and Orsolya Poppre.
View my photos of the collection HERE

Nubu's collection is decidedly 'urban'. Muted and metalic colours coincide in their contemporary yet classic garments. Amongst their pieces in the collection were waterproof jackets, one shoulder dresses, sleeveless jumpsuits, metallic leggings and harem pants. Although the garments were all highly functional, the cuts had just enough fantasy in them to keep the clothes looking imaginative and fresh.
View my photos of the collection HERE

Use Unused's latest offering was a surprising departure from their previous collections. The three designers behind the label- Eszter Füzes, Attila Godena-Juhász and András Tóth - have taken inspiration from 1970's fashion, resulting in an array of loose fitting shirts, maxi skirts and denim pieces. The colour palette centred on natural, sandy shades of brown alongside varying tones of blue, interjected by the occasional splash of orange. The denim textiles were complemented perfectly by tasseled mini dresses and skirts which added movement to the garments.
View my photos of the collection HERE

Closing the show was London College of Fashion graduate Sandra Sandor aka Nanushka. A highly versatile designer, Nanushka showcased her ability to create a wide variety of styles and shapes. Jump suits, off-the-shoulder body-con and maxi dresses were all on display. Nanushka often sticks with demure greys and tones of black but this season she has incorporated coral pinks and pastel shades into many of the pieces. Fans of Nanushka's pervious collections will note that her signature 'rounded hem' has been used again for this collection - a small detail which makes her designs instantly recognisable.
View my photos of the collection HERE

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