Zdenka Imreczeova: Where Basics Are Anything But Boring

IMG_5983

WORDS: Madeline Chesnut

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the opening for Czech designer Zdenka Imareczeova’s new collection. Within minutes of walking through the door to her showroom, I wanted to buy almost everything on the rack. Tank tops, blouses, dresses, skirts, and other items lined the walls and I didn’t know where to start. After playing dress up for about an hour, here are the looks that I can’t stop thinking about.

The basics

FullSizeRender The collection was comprised of great basics that could be worn every day, dressed up or dressed down. Each blouse had an interesting detail, like a tie in the back or ties on the side, and most were made of a jersey knit blend that felt amazingly soft to the touch (personally I loved the micro modal blend). Zdenka said that inspiration for some of the collection- the blouses in general- came from elements seen in menswear, much of which you could see in the structure of the blouses and dresses.

The dresses, oh the dresses.

black dress

The updated LBD you’ve been waiting for.

We can all agree that a black dress is a necessary component to every wardrobe, and this spin of a classic cut with buttons down the front, tailored sleeves, a tie around the waist, and paneling in the front is a chic number. Wear it with flats while grabbing an afternoon coffee, or pair it with heels to meet friends for cocktails.

The mixture of a soft color with a traditional shirt dress silhouette and full skirt is really working for these two dresses. Contrived of a light cotton blend, both of which have a draw string tie at the waist, these dresses would be comfortable and breathable for walking running around on a hot summer day.

grey dress 2grey dress

This great number in linen can be worn untied for a casual, oversized look, or synched at the waist with a matching tie. In addition to the linen dress there were multiple styles of shirts and blouses, as well as a very chic circle skirt with an elastic band an ideal situation on this inevitable “fat” days.

Tickled Pink

pink wall

Adding a burst of colour to a monochromatic collection for Spring/Summer 2016

The pink wall; the best wall. It seems very fitting that I am about to rave about the pink wall on National Pink Day. Yes, it is National Pink Day, and yes, it is a real thing.While I love a good basic, the colour pink is probably the highest on my list and this rose shade is really working for me. These garments were a soft, jersey blend and had fabulous pleated detailing. I really enjoyed discovering how Zdenka played with the idea of pleating throughout the collection. The pleats give another level of texture and interest.

I wanted to take this jersey knit cardigan home is ways that I can’t explain. The long ties in the front could be left hanging, for an elongated effect, or tied in different ways. Throwing this over a pair of jeans or slacks is sure to spruce up any outfit and make a colour statement.

designer

The verdict? After not visiting Imreczeova and her collections for quite sometime it is nice to see her use more colours and more feminine, non oversized silhouettes. Impressed is an understatement! Thank you Zdenka Imreczeova for an impressive new collection and we very much look forward to recommending your garments and your studio to all who ask.

LEM’s “Monochromatic”

rack

WORDS: Madeline Chesnut

Czech designer by the name of Lucie Erban Mares (fashion label LEM) is presenting a little something different to the fashion world with her 2016 collection called “Monochromatic”. The collection has an assortment of different garments from sleeveless silk blouses to funky polyester coats.

“Characteristic of the new collection is layering of silhouettes on a monochromatic color scale. The garments will be elegant and simple, the choice of color only underpinning the readability and contrast of the overall design.” -LEM

IMG_5923

The inspiration for her collection comes mainly from the reflections and colors that mirrors give off. The monochromatic color waves are derived from photographing the mirror’s surface and picking out shades of white, gray, and black. A mixture of different hues gives off the impression of movement, shape, and dimension. The idea of mimicking mirroring is not a new concept for LEM, as it was seen in her previous collection.

FullSizeRender (7)

Once the images of mirrors are taken, Lucia Erban Mares then prints the images onto fabric. The use of snaps was seen repeatedly, and the garments could be worn and morphed in different ways. The jackets above and below are made with a polyester exterior and a cotton blend interior for a comfortable fit.

coat.jpg

LEM’s experimentation with shape and angle was extremely interesting to explore. This jacket lays in such a different way, and the symmetry and color variation is intriguing. That snaps up the front make for an easy fit.

LEM’s silk blouses were my favorite pieces in the collection. They have great line play, a soft texture, and are beautifully tailored. LEM quotes that, “Inspiration came from a mirror interspace in which elementary designs were reflected, multiplied and deformed.”

FullSizeRender (4)

The sleeveless silk tops were the highlight of the blouses. This tuxedo inspired blouse has clean lines, a cropped back, and snaps that allow the owner to choose how they want to wear it.

FullSizeRender (5)

LEM repeats the idea of mirroring with folds over the center axis and layering of fabric. This blouse is extremely versatile and would be a perfect staple item in any closet.

Alongside the blouses was an array of coats. This grey coat, made from a blend of cotton and spandex is reversible and doubles as a solid black coat (seen below). The labeling down the back is a special touch and reads “LEM”. The matching tie at the waist is the perfect finishing touch to emphasis the waist and pull the look together.

FullSizeRender (8).jpg

Overall, “Monochromatic” is a beautiful collection with the perfect balance of simplicity, elegance, and the perfect touch of edginess.

What To Wear For Wedding Season

beach boquet

WORDS: Madeline Chesnut

Tis the season for pastel colours and talks of love. As the summer days roll by, your mail boxes are probably filling with wedding invitations. Whether you are the bride, a bridesmaid, or an attending guest, wedding season proposes wardrobe challenges for all who are involved in the special day, and figuring out what to wear can sometimes be a burden. To lift some of the burden off of your sun-kissed shoulders, I have created vignettes for what to wear to a summer wedding.

The Bride

The bride is the star of the show on her wedding day and choosing the perfect wedding dress is in the running for the most important wardrobe decision that a woman will ever make.

ss15 two piece evening dress LOW RES

A traditional white dress with clean lines will always be in style as it is feminine, polished, and looks beautiful coming down the aisle. This two pieced dress by Czech designer Zuzana Veselá is a great option for practical brides because it has a detachable skirt. The silhouette looks flawless together, but can easily be transformed with a shorter skirt for a bride who wants to dance the night away at her reception.

Avant garde bride

If white isn’t your thing, this grey, silk dress by Zuzana Veselá, with a subtle stripe, is perfect for your wedding. Paired it with Belgravia stone suede pumps and an Apm Monaco cuff makes for a chic, fashion-forward look.

beach bride.jpg

Many brides choose to celebrate their day on a beautiful sandy beach with the background noise of waves crashing against the shore. This short wrap dress, paired with Pedro Garcia sandals is perfect for a sandy setting.

The Bridesmaids

Every bride needs her bridesmaids. They are the glue that holds the special day together and they accentuate the bride. The bridesmaid kit helps you put together a beautifully harmonious look that will tie everything together.

bridesmaid kit.jpg

Soft peach is all the rave in the wedding world for an accent color. Match a simple, yet flattering dress by Zuzana Veselá with Kendra Scott earrings,  a bangle by Kate Spade New York, a fun hair accessory, Dune London heels, and matching coin purses as a present for your lovely ladies.

The Flower Girl

flower girl collage final.jpg

Flower girls add the sweetest touch to a wedding ceremony with their cuteness overload. Let the little girl shine in a child’s size of Zuzana Velesá’s bridesmaid dress along with adorable flats from Selfridges and a dainty pearl bracelet from Little Girl’s Pears (the name is just as adorable as the bracelet).

The Guests

Skimming through your closet looking for what to wear to a wedding can take ages. There are so many unspoken rules and finding the appropriate get-up can be stressful. Let me help you out by showing what I think is best to wear as a guest.

bes dressed guest

Don’t be afraid to bring a pop of color to the wedding! I am in love with this vibrant cocktail dress by Zuzana Veselá. Throw it on with an Olivia Burton watch, a Micheal Kors clutch, red Aquazzura pumps, and Greener Grass Design earrings for a look that will transition flawlessly into the reception.

cake dress

This breezy layered dress screams wedding with its pastel colors and soft appeal. Pair it with fun pumps by Aspinal of London and a wrist full of bangles.

guest outfit 2

The final look is perfect for any summer wedding. This Zuzana Veselá dress is sure to keep you feeling comfortable and put together. The addition of a Dian Von Furstenburg clutch, Dune sandals, and Erickson Beamon earrings is sure to complete the look.

 

An Afternoon with Orsay

 

WORDS: Madeline Chesnut

I spent a lovely afternoon with Orsay at The Grand Mark Prague Hotel for the launch of their 2016 autumn/winter collection. Thumbing through racks of new merchandise for the upcoming collections started my morning in a vibrant way that no shot of espresso can achieve. All of my fellow fashion addicts can attest to the feeling.

whole view.jpg

Orsay does a great job of appealing to young to middle aged women who have an eye for fashion, but who also keep an eye on their wallets. I enjoyed seeing how they staged their outfits with a mixture of traditional and modern styles. While I must admit that they are carrying boho out a season too far, I really appreciated the idea of traditional styles paired with modern aspects.

rack 2.JPG

The dominant trend that Orsay is suggesting for the upcoming season is faux fur and neutral colors. I saw faux fur repeatedly throughout the collection on collars, vests, handbags, boots, and just about anything else that you can sew it to. I have a love-hate relationship with faux fur because it can be so good, but it can go so bad, so easily. It is a very fine line. I’ve seen the multi-colored faux fur vest come back for its third season now, and I honestly thought we were past that stage.

rack

Hidden amongst the beige sweaters and ponchos is a fresh floral tunic with a delicate pattern that is refreshing for the eyes.

blue coat

Bravo Orsay. They did fur right with this beautiful, periwinkle coat. The soft, cream fur collar adds the perfect amount of class and glamor to a simple, classic coat. This was by far my favorite coat for the upcoming collection.

yellow.jpg

Although the fur vests were not my favorite, I must admit that this black and white vest gives the outfit an extra dash of sass. Paired on top of a leather jacket, the vest adds another layer of texture while letting the yellow skirt remain as the star of the show. I really enjoyed the pop of yellow in these looks, and I wish that I saw more of it. I’m glad that they are showing black booties with their collection because black boots are a staple item for autumn and winter.

mens wear .JPG

Neutrals work really well in their men’s wear inspired collection. This rack was the highlight of my experience with its to-die-for coats in variations of black and white. If there is one thing that Orsay did well with their upcoming collection, it is their coats. You are sure to find one that suits you when the collection hits the stores.

Men’s Wear Power House Stefano Ricci Opens Prague Boutique

SpringSummer2016_1

Stefano Ricci SS16 Photo Credit: Stefano Ricci

WORDS: Ciara O’Connor

Stefano Ricci, with 49 boutiques worldwide, has landed within the confines of the Four Seasons Hotel located in the heart of Prague.

The world of Stefano Ricci’s Prague starts as soon as one walks into the bespoke store. Outfitted in beautiful mahogany panelling, which was treated and brought from Florence, the multi-room boutique is a bastion of refined culture for the man looking for alligator bags, cashmere sweaters and perfectly treated indigo jeans.

The designer himself says that, “Opening a boutique in Prague represents the culmination of a dream… I have had the opportunity to discover this city full of charm and appreciate the excellency of its residents.” This dream also includes the full Stefano Ricci, meaning if it’s in Harrod’s it’s also in the Prague store – major points for bringing the full line gentleman!

The family run business, now in operation for 40 years, has built an empire with the belief that quality will always trump quantity. Founded by  Ricci in 1972, the company lives by a set of successful rules: perfect manufacturing, top quality materials and exclusive designs.  The company owns the Antico Setificio Fiorentino, a historical factory which has been using the same methods to create clothing since 1786, when it produced silk fabrics for noble families throughout the world. Ricci is an advocate of the wholly “Made in Italy” production, and an ambassador of Italian style and quality of life.

The symbol of Stefano Ricci, which one sees throughout the store whether on mannequins, belt buckles to the detailing on wallets, is the eagle.  When asked about the symbolism of the eagles, the designer mentioned his passion for both eagles and falcons, which they are involved in bringing back to the wild in the Apennine mountains near their home.  The eagle can also symbolise power, courage and dignity.

SpringSummer2016_2

Candy coloured blazers are perfect for Spring and Summer. Photo Credit: Stefano Ricci SS16

The prices range from £160 (5500czk) for a silk tie to £25,450 (860,000czk) for a crocodile skin jacket. The  leather pieces are made from top cuts and uses the highest grade available. The selection of leather and fabrics represent the core of the brand – the pursuit of perfection -which can also be seen in their cashmere and silks.

The new store whilst expensive, and there is certainly no doubt about it there, is also a much needed breath of fresh air in the men’s wear category in Prague. Our only hope now is that there are enough locals, not just Russians and Chinese, that will keep the store running a profit – Here’s hoping.

SR Spring/Summer 2016 Preview from Stefano Ricci on Vimeo.

British brand Silken Favours comes to Prague

Our own Ciara O’Connor checks out the latest in Czech and British design at Luciela Taschen Showroom and Store
Lamb Pillow

Photo Credit: Silken Favours Instagram

 

WORDS: Ciara O’Connor

Luciela Taschen Showroom originally showcased her own line of Czech-made leather handbags, located in the heart of Prague 7. Times have however changed and now the showroom, which also doubles as a store, expanded and stocks British company Silken Favours.

Silken Favours, as the name might suggest, is a line of real silk scarves and cushions designed by Vicki Murdoch. Murdoch, who is stocked by the likes of Liberty of London, takes inspiration from the natural world, and using a traditional pen and ink style, sketches out designs and moulds them into something more contemporary.

A selection of scarves

The colourful world of Silken Favours scarves. Photo Credit: Silken Favours Instagram

Scarves are available in three measurements and are not your typical paisley print, fuddy- duddy numbers- think flying pigs, pineapples, western cacti – just to name a few. In fact, Queen Elizabeth even has her very own ‘Thank you M’am’ scarf which, as you guessed, is one covered in corgis.

In addition to the scarves, Silken Favours, also makes cushions and pillows for home. Her designs range from the more traditional to the downright absurd; do you need an opened pomegranate, maybe a silk cactus or even a strawberry?

Pomegranate Pillow

Pomegranate pillows perfect to add a little fun and flare to your home. Photo Credit: Silken Favours Instagram

Pineapple, Pomegranate and Cactus

Creative and fun – Silken Favours pillows and cushions. Photo Credit: Silken Favours Instagram

It’s nice to see that the Czech home and accessories market branching out and finally taking a few more chances and away

Favourites from MBPFW according to our intern

Ciara O’Connor, Prague Fashion Scene’s latest and greatest intern, picks her favourite shows and the ones she could have easily done without at this year’s Autumn/Winter 2016 Mercedes Benz Prague Fashion Weekend

 

Feeling Good At the Top

 

ODIVI
A completely modern, minimalist and clean show from ODIVI was another highlight. Layers on layers on layers, baggy sweaters over baggy pants, baggy sweaters over beautiful sheer skirts, baggy sweaters over EVERYTHING. The whole collection worked together, and the steampunk glasses added another element to the whole show. Definitely feeling the street vibes from this collection with fur, marbled prints and some shearling added in for good measure, all in tones of black, white and grey with a pop of colour in the last two to three looks. Amazing.

Tiqe by Petra Balvinova
TIQE was the second show on the first day of fashion week and definitely was not easily forgotten, for me at least. Nearly every look was perfect, particularly the pinafore, button down and knee high socks. There were three distinct styles from the show and I’m not sure how well they meshed together – it went from cute and vintage-y, to very modern and almost futuristic, to two beautiful full length gowns. Despite this, TIQE makes it to my top three for sheer beauty in every look.

Daniela Peskova and Filip Jakab
As the winners of the Van Graaf Junior Talent Selection I think this collection deserves a top three spot. The amount of silk and raw edges in this collection made me weak at the knees, plus the slippers?! So beautiful. The patterns and material are reminiscent of Khussa shoes worn in the countries of South Asia. Lots of texture mixing, with deep colours mixed into a more neutral palette and again, a lot of layering.

It’s lonely at the Bottom

Jan Cerny
Out of this whole 10 look menswear collection there were maximum 3 pieces which were nice, let alone wearable. Of course, I understand he was part of the Young Designers Selection and being out there and a little wacky gets you noticed in the beginning, but other than one sweater and one shirt, nothing which screamed amazing to me. Also, the glove? I know fashion is subjective but I just didn’t get it.

 Denisa Nova
I’ll be honest – again, the raw edged silk pieces in this collection made me swoon. And I guess I kind of get it, pairing these beautiful, light and silky pieces with bulky jeans; it makes for a great idea. In theory. In reality, the jeans made these lithe models look twice their size and were so ill-fitting and just overall unflattering. Some of the pairings added pounds onto the models and just did nothing for the feminine figure. The silk saved it, but the jeans just killed it beyond saving.

Zuzana Kubickova
Definitely the best of a bad bunch, it’s not that it was a bad collection as such – more that it was a little bit meh. Nothing in this collection really excited me – not to say that the materials, textures and designs didn’t look really great, there was just no spark. And some of the colour combinations just did absolutely nothing for me.