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IFB Conference New York
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!
Festivals are no longer just crowded muddy field gatherings. The MQ Summer of Fashion is much classier than that, transforming itself into an open-air theatre twice weekly, screening fashion films, street-style documentaries as well as special theme nights tackling important issues of our society. Who better to open the Frame[o]ut event, merging film and fashion, than the style maven, blogger and film-maker Diane Pernet herself. As a guest star, she is giving a talk discussing her very own A Shaded View on Fashion Film Festival, and introducing some of the screenings on the Frame[o]ut schedule. We already know where we will be spending those balmy summer nights!
The Fashion Week Berlin Daily- DERZEIT, is as much a part of the Berlin Fashion Week whirlwind as any of the shows or parties. Uniting photographers, journalists, stylists and designers under the common theme that spells young, experimental and fresh fashion, DERZEIT is a street-style reflection of the newest trends, shown through original fashion-shoots, and mapping Berlin’s diverse and ever-growing art scene, reporting on the fashion week’s highlights, as well as putting fashion into a wider context. It’s the publication on everybody’s lips and a perfect addition to a great week in Berlin fashion. Available in Berlin’s hot-spots, as well as online.
The anticipation of a new fashion season to come is always exciting. Berlin Fashion Week has shows by brands such as Escada Sport or Hugo Boss on the schedule, so it’s not hard to see the high-fashion pull, but our Austrian designers are in no way less deserving of the limelight. Lena Hoschek and rebekka ruétz will both be hosting a fashion show, while ep_anoui and superated & Andy Wolf are holding studio presentations.
Within the frame of the Austrian Fashion Showcase, labels such as Andy Wolf, art point, HARTMANN NORDENHOLZ, INA KENT, KATHARINA SCHMID, LILA PIX, meshit, mija t. rosa, superated and Sonja Bischur Jewellery are set to blend right in, and more, with the vibrating atmosphere of a fashion capital.
And finally, taking something used and useless and transforming it into a thing of wearable beauty is exactly what the 1A Austrian Upcycling Showroom does, involving 10 award-winning brands and presenting upcycled fashion and accessories during the Fashion Week. STEINWIDDER, mija t. rosa, MILCH, km/a and kamaeleon, as well as the jewellery labels carin fürst, milchring, trash design manufaktur and bag designers kontiki and tag.werk. are in, and so are we!
Cannes is a city never short of glamour, hosting some of the glitziest festivals, events and parties, and the International Festival of Fashion and Beauty Photography can be considered one of them. Ten years in the running, the Cannes Photo Mode Festival celebrates a round anniversary this year, calling for even more creative input, and will feature almost 200 international fashion and beauty photographers, exhibiting all around the city. Interactive, exciting and definitely stylish, Cannes Photo Mode 2012 is the one to watch!
After its premiere at the Designmonat Graz, an exhibition by the SKIN network called Material Future is being put up at the designforum Wien. Established as a communication platform for designers of all fields, SKIN specialises in the development of new materials, believing in their importance in product innovation. The exhibit shows the progressive modern pieces, all made of pretty extraordinary materials, think wheat bran, reed or sheet metal, so expect anything but the mundane. The designer Sonja Bäumler, who we interviewed, is also included in the exhibit. Unusual but utterly remarkable!
1070, Museumsplatz 1
Paris is far from just a city of lights, it’s also a city overflowing with fashion. Some of the most important fashion trade shows take place here, among which is Première Classe, an event bringing international accessory designers under one roof, including over 600 labels each season. The designer selection is handpicked, and it shows, so finding high quality pieces is a given. Raising the creativity and innovation bar are also a selection of Austrian labels such as ANDY WOLF EYEWEAR, ANNA AICHINGER, ART POINT, GON, HARTMANN NORDENHOLZ, LILA PIX, MESHIT, MIJA T. ROSA, NATURES OF CONFLICT and ROSE BECK.
All eyes are on England this summer, but it needn’t be just for the Olympic Games. There is plenty of art and culture bubbling through the surface, and Britain Creates 2012: Fashion & Art Collusion is one of those projects that are on the radar of many. This art and fashion project includes an extensive cultural programme culminating in a fundraiser Gala, but the artist-fashion designer collaborations are what everyone is talking about. Visual artists have teamed-up with fashion designers such as Peter Pilotto, Jonathan Saunders, Mary Katranzou or Matthew Williamson, creating unique pieces showcasing the British talent. The special creations will be unveiled at the night of the Gala, and will then go on to be displayed at the V&A Museum for all to see.
Gala: 27th June
Exhibition: 6th- 29th July V&A Museum
Paris Men’s Fashion Week is back with a bang, so get set for a serious study in tailoring. Hosting the cream of the crop of men’s design, this Parisian Week is unmissable, and this year, also thanks to some Austrian exports. Petar Petrov is showing at the Tranoï tradeshow while superated takes to the independent fashion, photography and art space that is Creative Door.