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Zurich in style

This year the second annual Charles Vögele Fashion Days is opening with the Biaggini Violett collection by Til Schweiger. The actor himself will be on the catwalk presenting some of the pieces, strongly influenced by his fashion sense and authentic masculine look. This is Til Scweiger’s first fashion collection and his look is casual in earthy and washed-out shades. The dominating autumn colors of blue and grey are warmed by the presence of cranberry red or curry yellow. The tailoring is natural, casual and very uncomplicated.
On the opening night another star couple, the Cruz sisters, will also present their women’s spring 2012 collection for Biaggini Violett. Penelope and Monika Cruz started their collaboration with Charles Vögele under the Biaggini Violett label one year ago in 2010.
Another star of this year’s Charles Vögele Fashion Days will be Roberto Cavalli. The designer will give the Swiss women’s magazine Annabelle award to a newly spotted talent. Cavalli will also show his vision for spring 2012. What we already saw in Milan a few months ago were soft and romantic floral dresses, sweeping frocks in pretty chiffon and black lace, and opulent beads and sequins. Avoiding too much romance in his ready-to-wear collection, the Italian designer had gorgeous evening scalpel-sharp jackets in solid black or white with gold trim. The hit was the gold gladiator minis, combined with chiffon and lace.
Another exciting fashion show I can’t wait to see is the Swiss fashion night. Among the young Swiss designers are the bold and irresistible LBDand the chick and covetable pieces by AZIZ zina. Read more about the two brands’ new collections and interviews with the designers in our portrait section.
On Friday night the Mercedes-Benz Fashion show will present five young German brands and emerging designers, who’ve become famous only in the past two to three years. A special guest that evening will be the German Vogue editor-in-chief Christiane Arp.

Here are some of the German designers that evening

Vladimir Karaleev is a Bulgarian designer, whomoved to Berlin at the age of 19 to study fashion at the University ofApplied Sciences (HTW). In 2005 he founded his own fashion label and launched his conceptual debut collection “CUT 21”.Contemporary art has a strong influence on Vladimir Karaleev, who goes against the traditional shapes and cuts and creates instead innovative silhouettes that are strongly influenced by geometric structures.
René Storck is considered to be one of Germany’s most gifted talents, who presented his first collection ever in March of last year. Storck pieces are known for his clean look, simple cuts, unusual lengths and muted colours. The designer says he is always inspired by Frankfurt Germany’s bank capital. His Spring/Summer 2012 pieces, 120 in total, were first presented in a mandarin pagoda built as a gallery space for Oriental antiques. Rene Stork approaches his spring summer 2012 collection with the same purist mentality from last fall. The looks are minimalist and subdued with an almost monastic feeling, the volumes are carefully controlled and the clean tailoring grounds the clothes with an urban sensibility.
Michael Sonntag is a Bavarian-born fashion designer, known for creating his pieces without sketching, but draping them on a mannequin.  Sontag’s clothes are classic pieces in poetic shapes with a complex design. The color combinations are touching in their tender shades: baby rose with sandy white and neutral beige; deep golden yellow with dove grey; moss green and berry nuances.
Augustin Teboul is the contrasting German-French duo of Annelie Augustin and Odély Teboul, who design mostly “paint it black” avant-garde sophisticated pieces that re-discover the femininity in a post-romantic, but luxurious echo. 
Both designers graduated with honours at ESMOD Paris in 2006. Subsequently Annelie worked for Yohji Yamamoto for Adidas and Odély for Jean Paul Gaultier.

Tulbot Runhof collections are synonymous with an edgy and sophisticated glamour. The two designers Johnny Talbot & Adrian Runhofmet for the first time in Munich in 1991 and since 2006 they have presented their collections in Paris twice a year and are known for their subtle elegance and the attention to detail. The two designers combine exquisite couture techniques and simplicity of cut and form. The pieces are produced exclusively in Germany in their own workshops.
Charles Vögele Fashion Days will close this year with Fashion Rocks Showcase,where the British star designer Julien Macdonald from London will be presenting his current collection for Autumn/Winter 2011. Globus will be presenting BOSS Black and HUGO and also exclusive styles by Scotch & Soda/Maison Scotch and the denim pioneer Levi‘s®.
The Fashion Rocks Showcase will also include the new Autumn/Winter 2012 Oakley collection. LBD will also be presenting their newest creations on this eventful evening. The defilée will be accompanied by a performance of the Euro Vision Star Contest Singer Anna Rossinelli.
Tsitaliya Mircheva

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