Just a little selection of some of my favourite looks from Fashion Week Poland. I wanted to grab entire outfits off models as they strutted their stuff down the catwalk. From nun-inspired headwear...Read More →
Just a little selection of some of my favourite looks from Fashion Week Poland. I wanted to grab entire outfits off models as they strutted their stuff down the catwalk. From nun-inspired headwear to billowing Lanvin-like fabrics that resembled poisonous jelly fish… no two designers were the same and each offered something entirely different from the one that came before. From the mixed reviews I had heard before attending, I was expecting a slew of creations of poor quality with little imagination.
While the designs were noticeably more simple than what you might see in London, with styling kept quite minimal and layers few, it was a refreshing change from the avant-garde looks that quite often take centre stage. The wearability of the collections was stark. This isn’t fashion that should be kept to the red carpet or plastered onto Lady Gaga, these are things that real women could wear. Plus, the prices of items are insanely reasonable compared to what you’d find in other cities. After seeing these collections, I’m saving my pennies to invest in some Polish designers for Autumn.
When visiting a new country for the first time everything feels fresh and vibrant in an entirely unexpected and exciting way. Poland was no exception. Despite having heard mixed reviews about Łódź and what might lie in store at Fashion Week Poland, the event and the city left nothing but a remarkably positive impact.
In a city that is bursting with creativity and enthusiasm for the future, there is an unavoidable discomfort for the uncertainty of what lies ahead for the region. Underfunded and with little recognition, both within Poland and abroad, the ambition to pursue creative outlets is under threat. The quality and sheer devotion to fashion was stark and, quite frankly, humbling. The collections were, overall, of a very high standard and were presented in a way that felt refreshingly raw yet wearable.
As the city once operated as a major textile mecca for the country, many of the buildings are deserted and feel as though they are decaying into something separate and new. Old factories are housing polished catwalks and act as a gathering ground for the cities creative kids by night. As I was told by one girl that grew up in the city, ‘in Łódź even the grey is beautiful.’ I couldn’t agree more.
As a non-Polish speaker, I’ve been walking around saying that I’m going to Polish Fashion Week in Lodz.. As it turns out, Łódź is pronounced more like Wuudge. Who would have guessed? Ah, mere rookie error.
Arriving into Poland for the first time was a bit surreal. The sky was entirely clear on the flight from Zurich and I got a bit lost in the intricate patterns of symmetrical blocks of shaded green farmland. I couldn’t help but wonder whether the entire country was comprised of a jigsaw of potatoes and cabbage…
Later in the afternoon, after a train ride spent sitting on the floor with a box of macaroons, Kit, Shini and I were checked into Andel’s Hotel Lodz. A seriously magnanimous building that used to house Poland’s largest textile mill but is now home to both a hotel and an impressive conference facility. The hotel has been kind enough to sponsor our stay while in the city and I can’t think of a better way to be welcomed to the country for the first time – it is beautiful.
After getting a little guided tour around the massive complex today, much of the time spent oogling at exposed original brick work and scouting out hidden pieces of art spray painted onto the walls, we headed out back to explore the wondrous delicacies that Lodz has in store. Strangely we wound up at a Mexican restaurant and then wandered the aisles of a grocery store looking for conditioner. Tomorrow the goals are to swim in the rooftop pool and make it over to see some shows at Polish Fashion Week.
Heading over to the airport to fly to Warsaw for Polish Fashion Week. Incredibly excited as this is my first trip to Poland. I’ll be staying in the Andel’s Hotel Lodz with Shini and Kit. Is it bad that I’m most looking forward to swimming in their roof top pool? Oh, and the fashion too of course…
I’m packing wedges and leather handbag from Paul & Joe (HPR London), boots by Balenciaga, felt crushable hat from Laid & Co Hatters at the Royal Exchange, Quiksilver flashing lights bikini, Moleskine notebooks, and TBA Mira Dress (HPR London).
Hot summer in the city is second only to hot summer on the beach… but for now, I’ll take what I can get and enjoy the warm weather inland. Easy breezy dressing is what I’m most a fan of. Why pile on multiple layers when one will do? The more straightforward the better, as far as I’m concerned, and when straightforward comes in the form of an impossibly perfect striped Missoni dress, well, I might as well be in heaven.