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Fashion Week Poland
April 29, 2009 By Elżbieta Wrzecionkowska   
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Each of the world’s largest fashion capitals, such as Paris, Milan and New York, has its own Fashion Week. This year, the central Polish city of ŁódĽ, which rose to international prominence thanks to its well-developed textile industry, will host an event called Fashion Week Poland.

The event, the largest of its kind in this country, will take place from May 28 to June 5, featuring collections by more than 100 designers.

“The goal of Fashion Week Poland is to promote Polish designers, on the one hand, and enable foreign designers to show their collections in Poland, on the other,” said Irmina Kubiak, the organizer of Fashion Week Poland. “The event also aims to spot young talent. Alongside collections from fashion houses, young designers will get to show their designs at competitions such as Fashion Designer Awards, Złota Nitka 2009, RE-ACT Fashion Show, and the Fine Arts Academy Graduation Gala.”

Foreign and Polish stars
The unquestionable star of the ŁódĽ Fashion Week will be Gregor Clemens, chief designer at the Lac et Mel fashion house. Clemens is well known for his work with international organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and UNESCO, and his collections are famous in the world’s largest fashion capitals, including Milan, New York, London and Paris. The British Vogue magazine has described Clemens as a contemporary fashion visionary.

Other international designers whose work will be on show at the Fashion Week will include Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Gaspard Yurkievich, Eymeric Francis, Georges Chakra, and Eric Zaionts. Polish designers will include Viola ¦piechowicz, Beata Jarmołowska, Agata Wojtkiewicz, Sylwester Krupiński and Izabela Łapińska.

This last designer had her first fashion show four years ago when she unveiled a collection called “Frywolitka.” Recently, one of the most elegant hotels in Paris, the historic Le Meurice on rue de Rivoli, hosted a show of Łapińska’s latest collection for 2009/2010 called “Mój mały ¶limaczek” (My Little Snail). The collection generated a lot of interest in Paris. Clothes designed by Łapińska are very feminine, and those made at her studio are always hand-decorated.

In turn, Jarmołowska is fascinated by handicraft and passionate about adapting old and new craft techniques, which lends her collections a unique, personal feel.

Recycled collections
Fashion Week Poland also comprises an event known as RE-ACT aiming to promote environmentally-friendly designs and social responsibility in fashion.

Environmentally-friendly lifestyles will reign in ŁódĽ between June 1 and 7. The Galeria Łódzka shopping mall will put on display ecological design and technology, and at the andel’s hotel, young designers will show collections with a green theme during the main event of the RE-ACT Fashion Show.

At RE-ACT, the art of designing clothes will meet that of filmmaking. June 5, 85 countries around the world will simultaneously premiere S.O.S. Earth!, a touching documentary by famous director Luc Besson (Léon, The Big Blue) and photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand, the creator of the famous exhibition Earth from the Air. All premiere showings will be accompanied by other events with many celebrities in attendance.

Throughout the week, visitors to the RE-ACT Fashion Show will get to see the latest technological innovations designed to protect the environment, such as hybrid cars as well as creative ideas from designers of objects of everyday use who give new and unexpected uses to familiar materials.
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