There comes a time when we need to ask our designers a couple of questions regarding a fashion show. Fashion Shows are about theatrics, about getting the audience, or in this case, the consumer’s and journalist’s attention , so that said “person” goes to your store and buys your product or writes about it for print or in an online blog. Other nagging questions should always be: Was their show innovative? Did it push boundaries? Was it fun? Was it the same as previous seasons but with a new belt or new color roll? Was it the same old, boring, tired clothes that I see EVERYWHERE in Prague? There are many great crafters in this city, but very few “designers”. Ones with an innovative spirit to make not only exceptional clothes or accessories,but, more importantly are sale-able to the majority of the population.
So, designer by designer we enter Saturday’s show. I am sure not all will be pleased with my opinion but alas, it is mine.
I am not the ideal consumer for Punktura and Laary Farry, but there are plenty in the Czech Republic that are. However, this does not deter the fact that screen-printed shirts are screen-printed shirts and should be used minimally. Punktura’s fashion show was strange and slow. The fashion for Spring 2011 was grungy 90’s in combination with “catchy” war slogans and concert verbiage that gets lost on a lot of people. It reminds me of the stuff that you saw a lot of in London, Paris, and New York with the hipster crowd in the mid-2000’s.
The Laary Faary show, which came directly after Punktura, had a bit more upbeat music (french electro-pop) with models of varying shapes and sizes. There was a mix of denim and linen, as well as, printed cotton and it at least pushed the boundaries of conventional silhouettes using different fabrics. Unfortunately, some of the shapes lost their impact on the model’s bodies. Some puffed out in all of the wrong places (tummy and hips), others were too shear, while some looked like they could make the wearer “scantily clad” given a nice strong Prague breeze. I think once the designers get their tailoring fine-tuned they will be a force to be reckoned with.
Jane Bond– the ever, whimsical designer produced a Carnival
A perfectionist and detailed driven woman at heart, Jana- of Jane Bond fame, spared no expense for her fashion show. Surface, Professional Make-up School, prepared each model individually- with big eyelashes and bold make-up being the focal point. The girls, who all came out with bubble-hemmed trash bags synched at the waist, bobbed along with the music, as they strutted down the runway. Naked barbies cut off from the waist, a cocktail umbrella head band that in fact made a hat, multi-layered butterflies, and do-dad headbands that would make Doctor Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas proud
As the music faded Brazilian Carnival Music started blaring through the speakers and out came the lovely ladies of Tingl, Tangl ( a drag show here in Prague). Wearing 5 inches heels and dancing Samba they stole the show and the evening as glitter and paper fell around them!
Love Music– 1950’s meets screen printing meets car show
At first, I was confused as to whether or not I was at a fashion show or a boxing match/car show, you know, when models strut around in bathing suits holding big signs. There were no models in bikinis; just screen-printed T’s again (seriously what is with that?). Once the music started (a Justin Timberlake remix) the Betty Page look-a-likes started walking out. My favorite Tee of the night was a shirt that had a picture of a Panel House building that had the message “Home Sweet Home” written across the top. I like the play on Czech society and thought it to be clever and well thought out. As girl after Page girl walked out we saw Paparazzi taking pictures, a girl smoking on stage and then very quickly rounding the corners of the square runway to make her escape back stage, and a culmination of throwing heavy flyers into the crowd once the show was done.
There were some real winners in part one and people who will be real winners in the future. I like the ideas behind Laary Farry and I liked some of the T-shirt ideas behind Love Music, though I am not the biggest fan of screen printed tee’s. If you want to watch the video yourself, click the link below and enjoy 12 uninterrupted minutes of part one!