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Fashion Rocks

The four days of Charles Vögele fashion shows closed this Saturday with the showcase event Fashion Rocks.  The idea behind the event is to raise money for building a maternity clinic in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. The project has already been supported by the Swiss women’s magazine Annabelle.
The highlight of the show on Saturday turned out to be the British star designer Julien Macdonald, who presented his exceptional haute couture dresses in the style of hot English glamour. His collection was in strong contrast with the unexciting pieces presented by Globus, Levi’s and Hugo Boss.
However, the Little Black Dress scored high with the unusual creations from their White collection of all colors and for the idea for the models to wear headdress such as small breads, salt shakers and teacups.
The day before, the German Vogue Editor, Christian Arp, presented the “Vogue” Salon with five emerging German fashion designers. Zurich might not be Milan, Paris and New York, but that evening we all saw beautifully designed pieces in precious fabrics and refreshing independence. Most of the collections were detached from time, trends and season and the most inspiring thing about them was that they took us outside of traditional shapes, colors and fabrics.
Vladimir Karaleev’s 8th collection was poetic and natural, a new silhouette, strongly influenced by geometric structures. The jury complimented him by saying “Vladimir Karaleev designs the classic couture anew”.
Michael Sonntag’s work once again showed a collection determined by purity and emphasis on the creational process directly at the dress form. The natural flow and movement of the material is maintained through little or no stitching, the refreshing color palette wraps the clothes pale and gentle light.
An impressive part of Sonntag’s collection was his choice of combining powdery fabrics and glamorous fabrics, a contrast reminiscent of dust pieces reflecting sunlight: papery cotton, washed and enlightened silk fabrics in light chalky blue, white and brown tones, accompanied by lively rose, yellow and golden colors.
Before starting to create their new collection “Dreams are my reality”, the designer duo Annelie Augustin and Odély Teboul wrote down their dreams for several months. Afterwards they unified these in a music piece that takes the audience through six different dream scenarios. As a result they designed deep-black creations for a crochet body that reveals sensuality and grace. “It is poetic and absurd, elegant and rock’n’roll”, say the two designers about their latest collection. “It is on the verge of couture and ready-to-wear”.
The Vogue Salon and the Swiss designers’ shows made it clear Fashion Days in Zurich are here to stay and they have a clear message for the rest of the world: we have a new vision and independent ideas that will shape the future trends in its own way.
Congratulations Zurich, Switzerland has already found its fashion capital. 

Tsitaliya Mircheva

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