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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.

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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.

Challenging times for Greek fashion November 3, 2007

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The sixth glamorous edition of the Diners Athens Collections InStyle took place from October 24 to 28 at the Athen’s Zappeion Hall

Six fashion seasons ago, a large and representative group of Greek designers brought their enthusiasm and hopes together, joining forces for the first edition of the Athens Collections, essentially the country’s first ever fashion week. Two-and-a-half years on, the Diners Athens Collections InStyle has become a local institution and an international fringe event to watch.

Beyond catwalk shows organized by the Hellenic Fashion Designers Association at Zappeion Hall, the Athens Collections are bearing more fashion fruit: The new dynamic has driven local designers into European showrooms and trade exhibitions, Greek designer pieces being carried by stores in Paris and Hong Kong via Moscow and the creation of a professional Athens showroom, among others.

While developing local designer identity and business is still high on the Greek fashion week agenda, visible and encouraging efforts are being made. The event has now reached a critical point, however, and good fashion management is essential for its survival. Creating a viable industry is a long-term investment for all those involved.

Thousands of visitors attended the sixth edition for Spring/Summer 2008 which unfolded October 24-28, with foreign fashion professional guests noting that while some collections were European-level material, others have a long way to go.

A special guest, the American-with-Greek-roots designer John Varvatos opened the event on Wednesday, October 24, showing his Spring/Summer 2008 menswear collection previously shown in New York.

What emerged from the Athens shows? Think Greek for next summer, with a number of designers reworking their heritage in, often, amusing ways. Also, a predominance of dresses, an emphasis on the waist, big flowers, jerseys, ball shapes, volume playing, and earthy versus bold colors.

On the guest designer front, Avtandil’s summer black has become a signature trait of the Georgian designer who showed in Athens for the third time. No ethnic touches here, but an elegant strictness reflected in pajama stripes, flares and cigarette trousers. Spain’s Miriam Ponsa, who showed in exchange for Yiorgos Eleftheriades’s appearance at 080 Barcelona, featured exciting latex dipped in liquid and applied with cotton, experimental, yet ultimately wearable pieces. Cyprus’s Aphrodite Hera threw out well-thought ideas, including big ruffles, large zips and holograms on evening wear, while Cyprus-based Ramona Filip came up with youthful looks in earthy colors with full-sleeved, A-line trench coats and things to wear, including pieces for the working woman.

For Deux Hommes, it was a defining moment. Coached by fashion consultant Jean-Jacques Picart, the duo brought complicated simplicity and a refreshing fluidity. Focusing on their Greek heritage, the collection reflected hard work, featuring Minoan elements, reproduced vintage tourist 1970s silk prints, an emphasis on the human form accentuated by ideas of Greek pottery and gigantic sequins, with deep blue and burgundy.

In his quest for a modern silhouette, Yiorgos Eleftheriades was in chic mode and playing with harness, white and earthy shades. Strong menswear included individual pieces like suit-like dungarees and a one-piece trouser-shirt. At his second line, Collage Social, the designer came up with techno floral prints, multi-volumes and wrinkled fabrics, reflecting individual originality in the 1980s.

Angelos Bratis is clear on his fashion language and his execution matches his vision, clear and well-fitting. This time it was all about “curves and elegance” in a collection where “motion comes from the wind.” On the catwalk this translated into morning-through-evening pieces, a new geometry and fluidity versus non-fluidity, while black left some space for egg-yolk. Bratis makes it all look effortless, but don’t be fooled, every detail counts.

A sense of doom overtook the audience at Maria Mastori and Filep Motwary as black-faced models appeared on the catwalk. The design duo, Mastori does the accessories, Motwary the clothes, presented a collection with a deep sea spirit reflected in ropes, huge pearls and fishnets. Working with organic elements, this collection was a reminder that fashion expresses strong emotions.

Vasso Consola treats knits as fabrics and makes them look sexy, think hot beachwear with plenty of bare skin. There was knitted architecture in striped catsuits, built-in belts and stripes. Color was a dominant force in Orsalia Parthenis’s collection where lime mixed with orange, for instance. At times a more fitted silhouette, at the waist, took the brand forward while safeguarding its tradition of relaxed, comfortable living.

Loukia’s long experience allows her to have a light hand when designing ready-to-wear: A two-piece trench, held together with buttons or ribbons, is an example. She played with volumes, signature applique lace, frills, boudoir poms poms, satin, lace and cotton. With every single piece incorporating a Greek element, from chitons to knots, Erifilli worked on a strong color palette from mauve to brown through canary yellow. The collection’s centerpiece was an intriguing fabric based on a combination of chiffon and metal.

In the space of a fashion show and with a much-appreciated sense of humor, Dimitris Dassios offered his riveted audience a retrospective of Greek history from antiquity to the 1821 revolution. Gold, turquoise and mother of pearl jewelry was set against a backdrop of white paper pleated dresses.

A sparkling collection came from new kid on the Greek fashion block, Vrettos Vrettakos. Sponsored by Swarovski Hellas, the young designer showed elaborate pleated and twisted leather mixed with silk tulle as well as short, Swarovski crystal numbers for the evening.

Pavlos Kyriakides’s penchant for jersey, from silver to gray, gave high waists and pieces to wear, including something not often seen at Zappeion, suits. A good fit with a 1980s touch, it was a softer collection, without excluding occasional military references and constructed sleeves.

With her snorkeling gear, as she appeared at the end of her show, Daphne Valente dived into the sea and came up with fish, in the form of jewelry, prints and embroidery, in white, silver and splashes of turquoise. Never forgetting her pleated past, she also fused pleats with the fish motif. Christos Costarellos presented a very pretty collection of long and short silk chiffon, silk satin, gazar, and cotton lace in lavender and quiet mint, among others. Reflecting their age compared to previous seasons, Mi-Ro duo went for fluorescent geometry, while adding menswear. There were nice details here: crocodile sling-backs with sportswear laces and Venetian straw on bags.

Complementing her hat wear, in a country where wearing them is generally perceived as eccentric, Katerina Karoussos showed ready-to-wear featuring comfortable shirt dresses and nostalgic polka-dot numbers coming up with alternative, though seen before, choices for women with a desire for old-style Cote d’Azur. Vassilis Zoulias’s foray into apparel produced a sweet collection defined by the designer’s signature nostalgia for all that was chic in the 50s and 60s. This translated into a concise show of big flowered fabrics, as well as vichy and plaid, where the designer seemed to switch his attention from hot-selling accessories to clothes.

Veteran Makis Tselios came up with funky preppy looks for boys, think stripes, bermudas and knee-high socks, and bright-colored shantung for the ladies, guys got some of these too.

Finding creative ground between pleasing good clients and moving forward with one’s vision is a challenge some local designers face. For Christos Petridis at Costas Faliakos, the first part of the show featured bermudas, trousers and tops, followed by “Bijoux” pieces and Grecian pleats for the evening. At Christos Mailis, designer Pericles Economopoulos went for wearable looks made of stretch gabardine and shantung, with an emphasis on the waist.

An Africa-inspired techno-tribal theme gave Frida Karadimas’s 1950s silhouette a new direction with a beige-to-gold color palette featuring thick linen, details such as snake skin and metal motifs, with straightforward cocktail given an edge. Away from the theatrical approach of past seasons, Katerinalexandraki took the wheel motif to carry her work forward. With a penchant for leggings, she gave her casualwear sequined details that gave the ilk a shine.

Working on volumes, Konstantinos loosened up with big flower prints, earthy colors and shiny fabrics, moving the brand forward. Also by Konstantinos, the Miss Denim young collection reminded fashion folk that all it takes to express yourself through fashion in one single T-shirt.

Adolphe William Bouguereau’s “The Birth of Venus” became a central theme at Kathy Heyndels, where the print appeared on dresses, for example. There was plenty of cocktail and evening with rich, beaded embroidery and a white goddess finale. Daywear was not high on the list of Cyprus-born Yiannos Xenis, whose bare backs and sexy prints reinforced the idea that the Yiannos Xenis woman will not go unnoticed. There was asymmetry and vibrant fuchsia, layers of silk satin, more attention to fit is necessary.

Elina Lebessi is all about the dress, from morning to night. Applique beading was a major story here, from a turquoise caftan to a jumper dress with some transparency. There were mid-thigh hemlines, while the designer seemed to go for a sexier silhouette.

Black was the opening statement at Simeoni, who went on to develop a few themes, including a brown leather florin motif, while also playing with volumes and asymmetry, twists and folds. Sexy silhouettes built on chiffon, silk and jersey continued at Veloudakis, where the designer Christos Veloudakis showed two collections. Familiar column dresses, extremely low cut at the back, opened the show at Chara Lebessi, who went on to work on the collar, while going for white, black, brown and charcoal. Andria’s opening play on black and yellow led to quieter things, black and gray, through girlishness, an emphasis on the waist and pleated dresses.

A few ideas at Fanny Voutsela remained unexplored, with a loose, comfortable silhouette for a woman who enjoys her femininity included pleated silk. A high-neck, big-sleeved, high-waisted flare jersey trousers piece was all Lena Katsanidou. While there were some fabulous pieces here, such as a transparent lace gown with high collar, the collection lacked coherency. Victoria Kyriakides was also a bit scattered with a disco mode, with graphic sequins, but also jersey, ropes and thick-lace needlepoint.

Michael Aslanis twisted things round by using celebrity, Greek and foreign, clippings on caftans, dresses and trousers. He then moved on to an endless parade of large flowers, polka-dots, embroidered jeans, eveningwear and wedding hour sprinkled with children’s wear.

There is little doubt that Vassilios Kostetsos has a vivid imagination: Taking the idea of brocard, adding baroque music, he asked his audience to believe that the collection was inspired by Romy Schneider and Alain Delon. But he seems to forget that both actors, and lovers, for a period, had their own senses of style. Nothing to do with his catwalk show of Playboy-inspired bunnies, peep-toe ankle boots, to be fair they were funky, corset ideas, and showbiz numbers, in a show for local media consumption.

Ditto for Nikos-Takis, where the fashion duo’s successors Charis and Elias kept their public “hostage” for over an hour of video-wall retrospective, followed by a Hollywood-inspired collection of old-fashioned gowns and an appearance by a girls band. Nikos and Takis ought to be respected for their 45-year fashion career and the fact that their business is still going strong. But this show is an extravaganza that this fashion week cannot afford.

How does one survive more than 40 shows? Branded Diners Athens Collections InStyle water and a constant supply of mints proved life sparing this time round, snacks ought to be next edition’s challenge.