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Cyprus had its first official fashion week March 30, 2008

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Joining in with other regional and national markets, Cyprus organized its first official fashion week.

The new fashion week saw no less than 23 designers and emerging fashion houses presenting their new collections for Fall Winter 2008/09. The Paris-based, Greek Cypriot Erotokritos officially opened the fashion week. He was joined by others including Kika Ioannidou, Pandelis Pandeli, Elena Strogyliotou, Marios Grigoriadis, Elena Antoniades and Adreas Georgiou. Afroditi Hera, Mi-Ro, Ramona Filip and Yannis Xenis, who recently unveiled their collections in Athens during the Hellenic Fashion Week, also presented their collections.

Cyprus Fashion Week is organized by DIAS and is held at the Cyprus State Fairs Authority premises in Nicosia. It run from March 27 to March 30.

Greek Fashion Week show March 17, 2008

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17-03-08_greek_fashion_week.jpg  A model is reflected in a mirror during the Greek fashion week that wound up at Zappeion Hall in central Athens yesterday.

For the seventh consecutive fashion season, the Hellenic Fashion Designers’ Association (HFD) organized the Athens Collections InStyle, Greek fashion week. On the international front, buyers were expected from Italy, France, the Netherlands and Turkey as well as from Harvey Nichols Hong Kong.

The 7th Greek Fashion Week March 15, 2008

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Stephanos Paschos will present “Nike”, a project inspired by the Athenian trireme, featuring actress Karyofilia Karabeti clad in Greek designer garments.

15-03-08_karabeti.jpg Greek actress Kariofilia Karabeti photographed wearing garments designed by each one of the fashion designers participating at the 7th Greek Fashion Week. On this picture, Karabeti is shown with an exact copy of an ancient Greek Athenian trireme. Photo by Demetris Grammatokogiannis.

More reading at > https://grhomeboy.wordpress.com/2008/03/10/greek-fashion-week-heads-for-seventh-round/

Greece’s Folli-Follie rising profits March 13, 2008

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Jewelry and accessories retailer Folli-Follie said yesterday profits rose 12 percent in 2007 after it gained control of Elmec Sport in October.

Net income increased to 72.7 million euros from 65.2 million in 2006, on sales growth of 46 percent to 706.2 million euros. Japan and other Asian nations accounted for 62 percent of total sales last year.

Folli-Follie owns Greek airport retailer Hellenic Duty Free Shops, which said separately net income reached 33.5 million euros last year as sales advanced 38 percent to 414 million. Elmec Sport, which is 94 percent-owned by Hellenic Duty Free, had net income of 14.2 million euros last year, according to the statement.

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Greek Fashion Week heads for seventh round March 10, 2008

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For the seventh consecutive fashion season, the Hellenic Fashion Designers Association (HFD) is organizing the Athens Collections InStyle, Greek fashion week.

10-03-08_greek_fashion.jpg  Under the auspices of the City of Athens, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Development with the InStyle fashion magazine acting as communication sponsor, the seventh edition of Greek Fashion Week showcases the collections for Fall-Winter 08/09. The runway shows will take place at the Zappeion Hall from March 12 to March 16.

French designer Chantal Thomass, a pioneer of glamorous, sensual lingerie, is the fashion week’s special guest star. Besides running her own brand, Thomass has also collaborated with Wolford and Victoria’s Secret.

The Association and its members have come a long way – creatively, of course, but also in their continuous efforts to keep the fashion week alive via state and private financial aid. While a variety of private sponsors continue their support, the event is counting on the help of the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Development and Technology and design center ELKEDE. Also taking part in Greek fashion’s development is the Hellenic Foreign Trade Board.

On the international front, buyers are expected from Italy, France, the Netherlands and Turkey as well as from Harvey Nichols Hong Kong. As for the international press coverage, participation includes fashion publications, websites and television channels from France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Egypt, Russia and the United States.

Participating at the 7th Athens Collections InStyle are the following Greek designers: Angelos Bratis, Andria, Aslanis, Chara Lebessi, Christos Costarellos, Costas Faliakos (by Christos Petridis), Daphne Valente, Dimitris Dassios, Deux Hommes, Fanny Voutsela, Filep Motwary, Frida Karadima, Katerinalexandraki, Katerina Karoussos, Kathy Heyndels, Konstantinos, Liana Camba, Loukia, Makis Tselios, Maria Mastori, Mi-Ro, Nikos-Takis, Parthenis, Simeoni, Smaragdi, Vassilios Kostetsos, Vassilis Zoulias, Vasso Consola, Victoria Kyriakides, Veloudakis, Yiannos Xenis and Yiorgos Eleftheriades.

Over the seasons, a number of foreign designers have made Zappeion a catwalk destination. Participating this season are: Georgia’s Avtandil, Greek-Cypriots Afroditi Hera and Elena Antoniades (who is based in London) as well as Ramona Filip, the Romania-born designer based in Cyprus. Besides the runway, all participating designers will present their collections in a commercial exhibition area.

Parallel events at Zappeion include photographic exhibitions by Mara Desypri and Stefanos Paschos. Greek fashion icon and photographer Desypri will showcase photographs from her recently published book “Self Portrait”, while Paschos will present “Nike”, a project inspired by the Athenian trireme, featuring actress Karyofilia Karabeti clad in Greek designer garments.

In collaboration with the Goethe Institute and the Hellenic Foundation for Culture in Berlin, the Hellenic Fashion Designers Association is also organizing the Greek leg of a European young designers competition: “Create Europe: The Fashion Academy Award” will be bestowed in Berlin in October, in collaboration with EUNIC Berlin, an umbrella Association uniting European institutes for culture. Twenty young designers are participating in the final phase of the Greek competition on Sunday, during which a judges panel will select three winners.

In collaboration with the French Institute in Athens, the Athenian fashion marathon will end on high fashion note on Sunday night, with a screening of Rodolphe Marconi’s documentary “Karl Lagerfeld: Confidential”.

Boy George, Berlin fashion in Athens November 10, 2007

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Berlinerklamotten is an online platform promoting fashion, music and media. While still recovering from an intense five-day Greek fashion week marathon at Zappeion Hall two weeks ago, Athens is hosting two distinct fashion events this weekend.

The second round of the Athens Xclusive Designers Week opened last night at the Ethniki Insurance Megaron and runs to Saturday, while Berlinerklamotten, a new Internet platform for Berlin brands and designers presents an alternative catwalk tonight.

Last night’s Athens Xclusive Designers Week kicked off with a series of collections by Greek and foreign designers, culminating in Boy George’s B-Rude fashion line. “I can express my perversity or humanity through fashion,” said the British 1980s pop star at a press conference earlier this week, in his bright red Philip Treacy fedora. “Expensive fashion is to show that you are rich,” he added. “For me, it is a dialect to say I don’t belong.”

Besides the street-savvy, predominantly nightclubbing genre to which Boy George’s collections belong, the Athens Xclusive Designers Week brings together more local and foreign styles. The event also features a charity angle, in collaboration with the Make A Wish Association. During the three-day event, a number of designers are participating in a bazaar, putting up pieces for sale at reduced prices, while organizers will present the association with a cheque during a gala evening on Saturday.

Besides good deeds, Ioanna Daraklis and Tonia Fousseki, the duo behind the organization of the second Athens Xclusive Designers Week, have brought together a varied program of fashion shows for spring-summer 2008. On the international front, designers include Spain’s imaginative and playful Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, also showing her children’s line, Romanian Catalin Botezatu who showed during the first edition, Turkey’s Ozlem Suer, Russian Violetta Litvinova, Britain’s Ziad Ghanem and Fani from Cyprus.

On the Greek side, designers include Marcello Niktas, Melina Pispa, Alexios Romanos, Irini Eleftheriadou, Andreas Georgiou, Alexandros Talianis, Elena Vorrea, Paris Masouraki, Evangelia, Ioli Michalopoulou, Katerina Dapi, Miltos, Yiannis Karitsiotis, London-based Ioannis Dimitrousis and Christoforos Kotentos, the latter recently showed a collection in the British capital during London Fashion Week sponsored by Garrard jewelers.

Part of Berlin Vision, a series of cultural events organized by the German Embassy and the Goethe Institute at Zappeion Hall, Berlinerklamotten spans the gamut of fashion creation, from haute couture to casual. Tomorrow’s catwalk show is billed as a happening, an innovative presentation of 25 Berlin designer houses showing items from the current season. Jeans, evening numbers as well as more eccentric pieces will be complemented by live music and visual art. Berlinerklamotten is a vast online network promoting fashion, music and media.

Athens Xclusive Designers Week at the Ethniki Insurance Megaron, 103-105 Syngrou Avenue, Athens, tel 210 9092988. Berlinerklamotten at Zappeion Hall, fashion show today at 8 p.m. Showroom opening Saturday to November 18.

A jewelry collection > “The Greek Sun” November 5, 2007

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A jewelry collection > “The Greek Sun” > Some of Depy Chandris’s latest creations, link the past to the present.

In an exhibition organized by The New York Times, at their offices on Eighth Avenue in New York, along with the National Tourism Organization of Greece, Depy Chandris is to display her latest collection, titled “The Greek Sun” on November 26.

Unlike the rest of us Greeks, Chandris’s creations don’t need a visa to enter the United States. Depy, the youngest daughter of a Greek shipowner, has just arrived in New York wearing the jewelery she herself has made. She was discovered by Alexandros Iolas and Andy Warhol, who was an admirer of hers and used to pin notes on her creations with drawings and messages of love.

This is yet another chapter in the legend of Depy Chandris and her jewelry, that link past and future with the brilliance of the present.