Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Ljubljana

fashion performance by Gattinoni
Few weeks ago I visited the charming city of Ljubljana, the home of a rather new fashion event, the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Ljubljana.

Set at the impressive Cankar Hall, the largest Slovenian congress and culture centre designed by Edvard Ravinkar, the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Ljubljana kicked off its third edition with an awards show. Designer Kaja Julija Hrovat won the main prize that will provide her the opportunity to show her collection at the spring edition in 2017. Previous winner was the designer Sara Valenci.

Furthermore at the opening night was the fashion performance on the catwalk by Gattinoni.

For a relatively very small country Slovenia has an interesting and growing fashion scene that is mostly driven by the emerging generation of designers. This new wave of designers is supported by the fashion platform SQUAT and Young@SQUAT. One of the creative minds behind SQUAT is Nataša Peršuh, one of the most prominent designers in Slovenian fashion scene. She presented her latest collection on Sunday evening. 

room with a view from hotel Lev, overlooking the city of Ljubljana
Nataša Peršuh
Curated by the artistic director Sašo Radovič the three-day fashion week featured established names like Akultura runned by renowned Alenka Globočnik Fabjan and CLICHÉ by JelenaPikmajer. But what makes the event promising is are the emerging designers such as MÊHLÊ and Sofia Nogard.

On the programme where also several foreign designers such as the Berlin based IVANMAN, Serbian designer Vlada Savić and the Italian menswear brand D’Alpaos that stood out for many reasons.

"It was a great honor to be invited to show our SS17 collection at the mbfwlj. We found from the beginning a really beautiful atmosphere thank’s to the amazing staff able to create an international fashion event like this one was. It was very interesting to find such a different kind of brand selection, everyone with something different to tell, from the Slovenians to internationals brands, definitely the perfect fit for a great result." (Nicola D'Alpaos)

In addition to the shows the program contained the photography exhibition by Fulvio Grisoni, Sašo Hessa and Peter Giodani, titled Fashion Photography through the generations.
Although only on the international fashion calendar only since 2015, the MBFWLJ has potential to become a platform for not only Slovenian designers but function as bridge between western and eastern Europe.

http://www.mbfashionweeklj.si

If not mentioned otherwise images are by Branko Popovic

photography exhibition opening, three photographer: Fulvio Grisoni, Sašo Hessa and Peter Giodani

photography exhibition: three photographer: Fulvio Grisoni, Sašo Hessa and Peter Giodani

photography exhibition: three photographer: Fulvio Grisoni, Sašo Hessa and Peter Giodani
photography exhibition: three photographer: Fulvio Grisoni, Sašo Hessa and Peter Giodani
Gattinoni

Gattinoni

Gattinoni

fashion performance by Gattinoni

fashion performance by Gattinoni

Akultura

Akultura

D’Alpaos

D’Alpaos

Sofia Nogard

Sofia Nogard

Sofia Nogard

Sofia Nogard

D’Alpaos, photo by Jani Ugrin

D’Alpaos, photo by Jani Ugrin

MÊHLÊ, photo by Jani Ugrin

Natasa Persuh, photo by Jani Ugrin

Natasa Persuh, photo by Jani Ugrin

IVANMAN, photo by Jani Ugrin

IVANMAN, photo by Jani Ugrin

IVANMAN, photo by Jani Ugrin

IVANMAN, photo by Jani Ugrin

Sofia Nogard, photo by Jani Ugrin

Sofia Nogard, photo by Jani Ugrin

Sofia Nogard, photo by Jani Ugrin

Sofia Nogard, photo by Jani Ugrin

Sofia Nogard, photo by Jani Ugrin

D’Alpaos, photo by Jani Ugrin

D’Alpaos, photo by Jani Ugrin
D’Alpaos, photo by Jani Ugrin
MÊHLÊ, photo by Jani Ugrin

MÊHLÊ, photo by Jani Ugrin

Dajana Ljubičič, photo by Jani Ugrin

Vlada Savić, photo by Jani Ugrin

Vlada Savić, photo by Jani Ugrin

Vlada Savić, photo by Jani Ugrin

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