riga fashion week: zanete auzina

(images via victoria-passion)

zanete auzina attended design school in riga and founded her company in october 2000.  she has shown her work in japan, germany, and france with some success, and is one of the better-known latvian designers.

because the universe is punishing us for some unknown reason today, there aren’t a lot of images from her most recent show available, so we’ll have to comfort ourselves with these for now. and you know based on those pants in the above right picture there’s more awesomeness coming down the pipeline.

moscow fashion week: serebrova

(images via from russia with fashion)

serebrova is designed by alyona serebrova and has possibly the worst-designed site in fashion, which takes much longer than anyone should resonably expect a guest to wait to load.  really, i don’t expect much from the fashion community with regards to technology.  i expect that they should shut up about the public viewing the clothes before they hit the stores, and try to embrace it because it’s not going away.  i expect that they should stop acting like using twitter is some indication of being a visionary.  if courtney love can figure out how to use it, it’s hardly an accomplishment to put on a cv.  and i expect that they should have decent, usable sites.  really, how difficult is that?

well, originally from and still based in ukraine, she attended design school in kiev and established her brand in 2003, with the first runway show for the f/w 2006 season.  in addition to rtw, she also works to produce costumes for ukrainian dance and theatre companies. 

once again proving that while they come up with some lovely clothes, the ukrainians aren’t particularly lighthearted when it comes to design philosophy, the website states, “Riches of ethnical and national world’s variety, heritage of ancient cultures in sculpture and architecture, inexhaustability of colorful decisions of classical masters and modern vanguard painters nourish the designer’s vital source for conceptual style creation.”  yeah, i didn’t get it, either.  basically homegirl likes to get crafty using a multitude of sources. 

regardless of all this weightiness, the clothes themselves are composed largely of soft, finely draped knits, many of which are seasonless; easy to layer together during winter months, or to use individually in warmer weather. 

of particular note were some of the distressed knit pieces, referencing that trend which balmain was integral in creating & currently many are bitching about.  however, unlike those which are maybe a little too homeless-chic literal, these were much more lightly frayed, just to give enough flavor without offending anyone’s delicate sensibilities that they might be paying high prices for something akin to garbage (never mind that the point isn’t about what materials are on offer, but rather about the actual artwork, but that’s another story). 

all told, there were pieces here for a number of women, including the feminine, with some of the lighter sweaters & dresses; the trendy, with the pieces mentioned in the preceding paragraph; and the adventurous, with some challenging draped pieces, such as the outstanding jumpsuit above.  she may not be the fun type of designer one would like to drink a beer with while conducting some flip interview, but she can produce some excellent clothes.  and really, that is what matters.