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It’s done, it’s gone, it’s over

In Alise Indriksone, Andre Tan, Diana Nevedomskyte, rfw, riga fashion week, Roberto Verino on November 3, 2009 at 7:26 pm
It’s done. RFW is over.
Alise Indriksone. All looks were very, very feminine and elegant. Lot of evening dresses, high-waisted skirts, ruffles and drapes. Collection reminded me the mix of looks by Valentino, Roland Mouret and Louis Vuitton aw2009 and maybe a touch of Lanvin and Stella McCartney. Victoria Beckham meets Nicole Kidman.I didn’t love it however I liked that collection was wearable and felt commercial (and I love when Latvian designers make clothes that they could really sell). I think I could definitely enjoy my “red-carpet moments” when wearing Alise Indriksone 🙂

Andre Tan. Leather jackets were super cool (aka Balmain-ish), whole collection – well… not really. I got a bit bored but you can prove me wrong…

Diana Nevedomskyte. My impression – painted silk dresses – that’s something my mum would like (not bad, just not for me) as she likes silk painting.  Collection just felt odd and a bit old-fashioned.
Roberto Verino. As much as I know everybody loved the collection. I wasn’t one of them. I blame bad lightening. Honestly, I didn’t get the story behind the collection. Evening gowns mixed with bathrobes, rocker chicks and lady-likes. Ok, whatever you say… 🙂

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Certainly, there was something Balmain-ish in the air on the 4th day. For example,  Alise Indriksone`s shiny black leggings and emphasis on shoulders, or Andre Tan`s (Ukraine) leather jackets, which was the only interesting pieces from his collection. Though, i`v enjoyed SS10 by Indriksone. It gives a hope for femininity, which is endangered by the crisis. Also i totally liked vivid and playful models, and yes Mara, you were the best 🙂

I don`t want to comment Diana Nevedomskyte haute-couture curtains. And iItotally am with Girl  about the lighting at Roberto Verino. It`s not a masquerade…but the brand has it`s own public here in Riga, Omega hall was stuffed with people, and a lot of them has a sense of style.

Big Race – 3rd day RFW

In Baba Store, Frey Wille, Jasob Davis Jeans Factory, KatjaKatja Shehurina, Kosmoss, Max Chernitsov, Paviljons, rfw, riga fashion week on November 2, 2009 at 5:11 pm
You know, fashion week is like a race – we are running all around the city trying to cover everything – presentations, shows, performances, competitions etc. It’s a lot. And yesterday wasn’t exception.
Our first fashionable stop was at BABA store & Jacob Davis Jeans Factory (Kossmoss) where guys are making custom-made jeans and other denim garments. Pretty cool, huh?
Second stop was at Frey Wille – lovely jewelry shop. As a Girl and Boy are huge fans of Frey Wille, we enjoyed glass of wine and had a small talk with Frey Wille shop manger Liene (btw stay tuned to learn her style advice). Overall atmosphere was friendly and relaxed and we just couldn’t take our eyes of those little shiny things J
Next we were running to PAVILJONS (brand represented by 10 new Latvian designers). Their spring summer 2010 collection was inspired by market and its multicultural environment. There were dresses with large tulle decorations, black, grey and neon colors; relaxed suits and funny t-shirts for guys. I liked the show; collection was fresh, happy and very wearable. I felt spring in the air.

And then came the show I was waiting the most – KatjaKatja Shehurina. Have you read the story behind the collection at RFW webpage? Haven’t? Here you go:
It all started with a European Nobel Princess who found herself shipwrecked in an African territory. With time and effort our princess begins to learn the local language and understand the cultures intense tie to nature.  After discovering that some of her dresses have survived the disaster, our princess begins to combine her new ethnic understanding of fashion with her traditional dresses and she fears nothing.  It is easy to be different from others – she is a part of another culture and world-view, and it warms up the interests of aborigines. A shining sun intensifies her colors. Silks shrouding the body remind her of a luxurious life. Now she is so free! It is possible to be that she desires set and go beyond the stereotypes of modern society. And to remember: in Africa everything only begins…
The collection was colorful and ethnic with a modern twist, patterned jumpsuits, matching jewelry and head scarves by Frey Wille, beautiful floaty mini and maxi dresses, ruffled skirts, chic and elegant Aladin-ish pants (gosh, I totally forgot what was the name of those pants. Somebody remind me, please). And I totally fall in love with the huge necklace from the first look, African patterns, white top with aligator decoration and the WEDDING DRESS.  Note to myself – if I ever get married – I want dress like that. 🙂

 
 

Max Chernitsov (Russia). Well, I’m gonna be honest, I’m not the fan of such a style, too much mix&match for guys. Yes, collection was provocative, ironic and rebellious and I think that’s the only reason why Max Chernitsov got his fame. It’s not that much about fashion, innovative design or artistic creation but more about his ironic ideas and the way of communication. For me, the funniest part was the girls who were screaming and wowing when seeing models in underwear. C’mon that’s not cool 🙂 BUT I think I would die laughing if I ever see the guy in real life wearing underwear with printed dynamite on it!  
Max Chernitsov pics by Vlad Klimov
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Yes, girl! We are racing for the fashion and there was and will be a lot to catch. I knew that KatjaKatja Shehurina`s collection has something to do with Africa and post-luxury life. THE collection was complete by all meanings – starting with a red dress (the one, which is on Agnese Zeltiņa for RFW ad), continuing with skirts and   Croco-(!)-print-tees, long dresses, leggings and harem pants, and shiny cocktail-dresses and tops, finally ending with a bride, which was like a cherry on top, delicious!. Everything was stating the fact, that Miss Shehurina is a mature designer, who can put a story into clothes. Katja, thank you very much for a great story, which i understood from the very begging!
Girl already mentioned about Frey Wille event, Jacob Davis Jeans Factory (Kossmoss) (now we know everything about jeans. wait for a separate post) and Paviljons catwalk and i have nothing to add. While Girl was embarrassed by the reaction on semi-naked models (so why they were screaming? were models good or bad, or were that drunk ladies from the 2nd row), i, Boy dashed to MOMENT. The venue was great. Just to heat it up and tease y`all a bit – the whole event was held in Europe`s tallest TV tower.  Stay tuned for more information.

SALT by Indra Salceviča (2nd day)

In Indra Salceviča, Paviljons, rfw, riga fashion week, SALT on October 31, 2009 at 12:52 pm
Ok, i have to admit that to keep up with the rhythm of RFW is challenging. While Girl was watching FIP, i had a chance to enjoy SALT SS10 collection. Indra Salceviča had her own interpretation of traditional values – a men`s shirt, but from a transparent fabric, a men`s pants, but with a sophisticated cut, drawers, yes!, but as pants. Everything was solid and i`m planing to pop in to PAVILJONS shop in Domina Shopping to get amazingly done shirt and fabulous vest, coz it`s worth supporting a designer, who brings hight waist pants and playful leggings to men`s fashion!
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In rfw, riga fashion week on October 29, 2009 at 12:06 pm
Katya Shehurina came on the opening event to watch Anna Led’s collection and shared a joyful news with us – she bought Jack Russel Terier recently! Interesting, will it has an impact on her collections. Or maybe we`ll have dogs designer clothes by KatyaKatyaShehurina?!

Dima, the hair stylist from Pastelle told us that it was quite hard to meet Hanna Korsar’s demands regarding hair style. There were 3 hair dressers who have done an amazing job just in 3 hours! Professionals, what can you add!

Dmirti Doubovik, the RWF manager was really happy about opening event and said, that there is a fan group of RFW on Face Book. Worth checking.

Mara, the model was doing the Anna Led’s catwalk, which she`ll enjoyed very much. Also she`s glad about her new violet hair. Oh, we love you Mara!!! (One we, Girl and Boy had a great photo session with Mara on a roof). Also Mara said that Boy look like Chuck from Gossip Girls…

Gundega Skudriņa, the Stils bez Tabu (style without taboo) presenter and creator was really generous to us, beginners of fashion blogging, and said that she wasn`t expecting much from the opening, however she`s looking forward seeing Andre Tan`s show, the honoured guest of RFW from Ukraine, Katya Shehurina’s catwalk,  Russian designer Birykov event and Alise Indriksone’s show, “interesting and worthy player in fashion field” as Gundega admitted.

Janis Logins, the RFW manager believes, that if public thinks that the fashion show has succeeded, that it really is successful! According to Janis, everything went just fine. He also mentioned, that organizing this year’s event was easier than before – “now people are more precise about their wishes and aims, what helps a lot”.

     

The Opening Show

In Anna Led, Hanna Korsar, Latte, rfw, riga fashion week, Zanete Auzina on October 29, 2009 at 11:22 am
The first day of RFW is already over. Opening show was… well… a bit weird. I didn’t get that glamorous and special-invitations-only feeling witch I was expecting to catch. I think everything ended way too early and I had a feeling that the event wasn’t that much about fashion week as for people to show off themselves. But But I don’t want to criticize.
First of all – the shows. I liked the simplicity and natural elegance of Anna Led, especially lovely were shoes (wedges) coveredwith leggings, skirts that reminded me parachutes and accentuated waistline. Something magical was there (click on image to enlarge).
Collection by Hanna Korsar was theatrical, garments were very detailed (there really was something Galiano-ish) and textiles were manipulated in some mystical way but I couldn’t fully enjoy the show only because the lighting wasn’t appropriate and the stairs made catwalk way too complicated to follow. I was soooooooo worried that models could fall down the stairs (and I saw the stress in their eyes too) that I just couldn’t stop watching their feet. 
I think that lot of people didn’t even recognize music and video performance by Žanete Auziņa and I was one of them. There were 3 or 4 LCD monitors that were showing video by Auziņa. But I understand it too late to pay appropriate attention because monitors made me think of advertisements and I didn’t even watch them.  
Performance of Latte (Backstreet boy-ish band) was, no offence, but a bit ridiculous however it made me smile (and laugh) a lot : ) I’m in love with a fairytale… 
Still I appreciate that RFW is still going on and is still alive even though it’s tough. I like that organizers are still passionate about their mission. As Janis Logins, one of the organizers of RFW,  said that it’s all about local designers – they are the reason WHY fashion week has been organized. If local designers do well, fashion week do well. So let’s wait for shows.
It’s not the right time to be super picky however critics always help to make improvements.
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For me openings are all about hobnobbing, especially when such events as fashion weeks, usually, are stuffed with different kinds of societés, celebs and other-well-know-people. However, this time it was really hard to mingle with them because of bad lighting. The idea of the opening event in semi-ready cinema was interesting, but i haven`t seen any connection between Anna Led’s and Hanna Korsar’s collections and dream factory at all.
If you don`t take in account the show’s lighting and set up, Girl is absolutely right about Anna Led and her supreme femininity and simplicity (in some ways) of the collection. More over it was a preview of her SS’10 so there will be more to see and hopefuly wear.
Regarding Hanna Korsar’s collection a have mixed feelings. True, that it was creative and spectacular, but was it really THAT creative. During the cat walk (or horror performance where models were balancing on stairs and avoiding grand falls. Too early for Halloween, i guess) i couldn`t get rid of a thought that Mr. Galiano’s has passed away and Hanna is his next reincarnation, but with a less fantasy and budget.

Girl mentioned about two performances – Latte and Žaneta Auziņa. Well, to tell the truth, instead of enjoying Latte i was looking for champagne refill and Žanete’s video and music performance stayed completely unnoticed to me.    
There are 3 more days to come… What it will be is a mystery. Just follow us, make an effort!

RFW (a)LIVE!!!

In Anna Led, Hanna Korsar, rfw, riga fashion week, Zanete Auzina on October 28, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Oh boy, i`m so flattered to be invited to RFW opening party. I hope we`ll be the first one who`ll cover this event.

Most of all, i`m exited about ANNA LED new collection (www.annaled.com).I have no idea what ANNA is going to present, but i`m 100% positive that there will be some comfort-radiant-knitwear.
Never-seen-before HANNA KORSAR’s (www.hannakorsar.com) collection is this day’s intrigue. Just few words to say, she`s  John Galiano with a etno-Baltic twist with less make up.
 
You want know and see more, then follow us! Right, Girl?!

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Sooo true, Boy! I feel excitement all around me! And actually I can’t wait to see the video & music performance by Zanete Auzina? I don’t really know what to expect but that makes everything even more intriguing. Will see!

Dear followers, stay tuned and we will let you know all the details!

Riga Fashion Week

In Anna Led, Baltic Fashion Federation, rfw, riga fashion week on October 27, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Dear followers,

We, Girl and Boy are very happy to announce, that stuff’n’style has been accredited to cover Riga Fashion Week.
“On October 28-31 the capital of Latvia will host biannual international fashion festival RIGA FASHION WEEK organized by the Baltic Fashion Federation. With its more than 5 years history RFW became a visiting card of Riga promoting the city as the fashion capital of the Baltic region. This time Riga Fashion Week will present fashion trends from the leading designers of the Baltic region and international brands for the spring/summer 2010 season. Splendid program of the event full of multifarious shows, presentations, exhibitions and parties will traditionally entertain the visitors of RFW.” this and many more you can read on http://www.rfw.lv/
Meanwhile, we are going to visit the hot spots of the RFW and post about it. Also we have invitations to Anna Led catwalk. Be prepared to meet Latvian queen of knitwear already tomorrow!
P.S. Gosh, what we are going to wear… 🙂