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The sneaker convention everyone has been waiting for is finally back in town, inviting all sneaker-fans, collectors or shoppers for a day of unrivalled sports shoe lavishness. Sneakerness is the absolute destination for discovering brand-new models, innovative technologies, coolest designs and largest collections of sneakers in Europe. What’s more, you can do far more than just look around as many designs are up for sale, so you might just walk out with that one pair no one else in town will be sporting anytime soon. The hype is big and we believe it!
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To get a taste of true Austrian design with a hint of internationalism and otherworldliness, there is no one better to pay a visit to than rosa mosa. The label is having a sample sale in their new space, so come if looking for a state-of-the-art craftsmanship infused with a playful quirkiness and masterly quality. The shoes on sale will not only entice you, but also keep your finances intact. See you there!
For a week every September, it seems Vienna breathes and lives on fashion. Hosting the annual MQ Vienna Fashion Week, the city floods with press, buyers, stylists, designers, and visitors, all partaking in the action. As per usual, expect a fashion and sales area, a showroom, numerous side events and parties, not to forget the show line-up. The tickets come in a limited amount though, so the sooner you buy, the better. See you all there!
The *gschwandner space, full of heritage and historical ambience, is set to be transformed into a vintage salon, offering various vintage brands from the times gone by. Expect anything from fashion, design and furniture pieces, as well as traditional handcrafted products, all presented with the irreplaceable atmospheric space of the *gschwandner in the background. It’s a contemporary experience of a good shopping day out merged with a heritage loaded event.
As a part of this evening’s ORF’s Kulturmontag series, Nadja Bernhard is set to present a couple of fashion relevant topics, namely the Trachten (Traditional Costume) boom, and the legend that is Vivienne Westwood. Inviting prominent guests as speakers, the programme promises to be a fashion-packed edition, and we for one are looking forward to a good TV night.
We are officially back and in full power, preparing all the freshest news for you as always. We are ready to move on from the lazy summer days to the action-packed fashion weeks, store openings, parties and new exhibits. We have some exciting new features ready for you here at austrianfashion, so keep checking in, as well as following us on Twitter and Facebook. Already, you can scroll down for some of the September highlights!
Swarovski has long been pioneering artistic collaborations, and its newest venture sets the importance of the brand in promoting new unique talent in stone. London’s Design Museum has teamed up with Swarovski for a Digital Crystal exhibition, commissioning 15 extraordinary artists and designers to each create a display dedicated to exploring the future of memory. What’s more, even you could take part in the exhibition itself by tweeting #digitalcrystal, and waiting until your message pops-up on a beautiful crystal chandelier.
The MQ Summer of Fashion is nearly over, but it is far from waning when it comes to interesting events. Affirming this is the fashion show presenting Susanne Bisovsky’s haute-couture pieces under the name Everlasting Collection. Taking garments and reworking their whole essence is at the core of Bisovsky’s design process, and never has there been a time when her interviewing of the past and the present or the ethnic and the urban hasn’t been utterly relevant and beautiful to look at. Join us!
Leading up to New York Fashion Week are two days of the Independent Fashion Bloggers Conference, hosted and prepared by bloggers in order to offer advice and guidance to their peers. Discussed will be the important topics of the future of blogging, the ethical and legal rules of the job, as well as the entrepreneurial side of developing a blog. Prepared are panels, discussion sessions and Q&As, featuring names such as Derek Blasberg or Coco Rocha. If New York is too far off for you, make sure you follow the Con live on Twitter #IFBCON
The fashion and design world is always open to creative collaborations, drawing parallels between often clashing mediums or styles, but it’s all with a concept in mind, and we believe as much about the new joint store of accessory label Eva Blut and city bicycle specialist Stilrad°°. Merging the world of high-quality purses and bags of Eva Blut with the expertise and chicness of Stilrad°°’s bikes, we foresee nothing but the perfect partnering of urban elegance and trendy utility. See for yourself during the grand opening!
The new photographic exhibition called The Body as Protest takes the over-exposed subject matter of the body into its own hands and comes out with an arresting visual interpretation of it. It features an extensive array of artist John Coplans’ body photos, as strikingly architectural and fragmented as they are, hanging besides conceptual body photography with a political, social or personal message, by artists such as Bruce Nauman, Robert Mapplethorpe or Miyako Ishiuchi. The exhibit is bound to be a much talked about show, and with this amount of character, how can it not?
If there ever was firm proof that the bloggers have officially established themselves as bona fide fashion business professionals, FashionCamp could just be it. Blogger organised to perfection, the two day event is already in its third year, once again uniting the fashion crowd with numerous panel discussions, debates and Q&As on topics from anything about the future of the fashion blog to the sustainability of the mass market society. A DIY workshop schedule is also happening for the first time, involving names such as Mark&Julia or Gebrüder Stitch, and we predict the highest turn-up and success yet!
Kicking off the autumn season of design is the one-day exhibit of the Wien Products collection (2006 - 2012) at the 21er Haus. Built around the concept of merging the old with the new, the exhibit features around 50 exclusive pieces from the hands of contemporary designers, all based on collaborations with traditional Viennese manufacturers such as jewellery or porcelain makers. It’s the perfect celebration of the Austrian design and handwork heritage, infused with a taste for the new and modern!
The time has come when most of us head to the seaside for a breather, enjoying a good holiday. Once again, we too are slowing down during the strongest heats of summer, although our eyes and ears are still very much open in order to bring you the occasional news. Make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook as not to miss out on any of the action. Before we say goodbye though, we have compiled a list of the best summer exhibits around Europe and beyond, hoping your travels will take you to some of them. We are back in September!
A stunning discovery has just recently been made at Lengberg Castle in East Tyrol, where a treasure trove of Middle Ages textiles has been uncovered. Containing over 2000 cloth fragments, the pit in which they were found had a surprise in store for everyone. Four wonderfully preserved bras, intricately decorated, and all dated back to the 15th Century, hold the proof of a much earlier bra existence than originally thought. An invention assigned to the 19th Century women has a much older precedent in our region, proving that Austrian fashion-forwardness is just as much a thing of the past, as it is of the present!
It’s not often we get to experience a truly unconventional collision of ideas transformed into a conceptual show, so we are really excited for the performance by Gyula Fodor entitled Madonna Now. Set on exploring religious art history, as well as turning some of it completely upside-down, the event will feature professional models and dancers, dressed head to toe in MQ’s Combinat brands Pitour and Artista. If in the mood for a spectacular work of art cracking open the very essence of religious iconography, and clashing it with the contemporary world.
Summer 2012 has great things in store for the Haslach Textile Centre which has been revamped and transformed into the ultimate destination for textile fans. Housing a number of cultural institutions under the one roof of the former factory, you will also find an extensive programme of lectures, workshops and exhibits taking place. The Weaving Museum is joined by the Museum of Mechanical Sound, finding the parallels between textiles and music, also explored by the exhibit Invisible Threads-Electric Weaving(Opening, 18th July) and a showcase of Susanne Heindl’s work (Opening, 17th July) is also prepared. The 15th of July marks a musical performance of two jazz musicians Markus Stockhausen and Tara Bouman, followed by the international weaving exhibition and market on the 21st- 22nd July.
The International Talent Support (ITS) finals in Trieste are upon us once again, having prepared priceless awards, prizes and advice for yet another selection of young fashion, jewellery and accessory designers. The distinguished jury had the hard job of reviewing thousands of applications sent in from all the corners of the world, only to pick and choose 31 individuals who will battle it out for the ultimate recognition and exposure the finals offer. Good luck to all the remaining contestants, but as we know, ITS will settle for nothing but the best when it comes to creativity and design, so we congratulate for all those who made it even this far!
The first graduates of the new Jewellery Design course at Herbstrasse are about to present a selection of their works, showing their own unique aesthetics in each piece. After the three-year study, the young jewellery artists are ready to test the design-world waters by putting on a three day long gallery exhibit called Nous Voilà. Filled with a youthful allure, innovative ideas and a fresh outlook.
Annually held by the German Fashion Industry Foundation (SDBI), the European Fashion Award (FASH) has been up and running for some time now, and has already established itself as one of the prominent fashion competitions in Europe. Designed to find and nurture young talent, as well as help with the often difficult start-up in the fashion industry, FASH brings together a distinguished international jury and offers prizes such as a photo session with a renowned photographer or invaluable tutoring and support from professionals. This year’s theme is SEXes, and looks into the images of men, how they translate into our contemporary world and how they affect the female gender. Registration deadline is the 30th September while the latest you can submit your application is 25th October. Good luck!