How to Wear SS16 By Czech Designers

WORDS: Madeline Chesnut

More often than not, the looks coming down the runway, strapped onto size zero little nothings, can be extremely daunting. I often find myself thinking, “who the hell would actually wear that,” or “how would this look transition from the runway to real-life?” Designer’s experimentation can be out there and hard to imagine, but you have to think of these looks as art and self expression- though most of them probably wouldn’t sell in a store. After weeding out the “interesting” designs, I have pulled a handful of my favourite looks from the SS16 Mercedes-Benz Prague Fashion Week shows in the determination to show you that some looks are a lot more achievable than one may think. With a few accessories, one’s imagination can start to rationalise Czech designers and gain the confidence to add a runway look to their wardrobe. Set aside your plain white T and jeans and try something new!

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The first look that grabbed my attention was this rose coloured Odivi maxi dress. I was inspired by the ease that this look has- the “I’m not trying too hard” look, which in reality, took a few hours of readjusting and getting the hair and the makeup just right. Beside that fact, this look could be easily accomplished and would be perfect for a day running around the city, shopping or grabbing coffee. An Olivia Burton watch (one of my personal favourites) would be perfect paired with a slouchy Chloé bag and stylish Adidas trainers.

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Another casual city look that could transition well into every day life is this long cardigan by Monika Drapalova. Perfect for throwing over a basic outfit on a day where you want to hide a bit. Wear with Ancient Greek Sandals, Mui Mui shades, and a Saint Laurent bucket bag to run errands in a comfortable, yet fashionable manner.

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Jakub Polanka helps you pull off the market perusing weekender look with a funky wrap jacket full of colour,  and a striped pattern; an essence of exploration. Pair with Carvel trainers, and an Aspinal of London cuff to add colour and personality. Don’t forget a Tory Burch back pack to tote around a fresh loaf of bread from the farmer’s market or handmade jewellery from an art festival.

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How adorable is this classic, 50’s housewife dress? Finish off the look with a blush Rebecca Minkoff bag, tan brogues by Dune London and an Olivia Burton watch- I told you she is my favourite.

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Did someone say GNO? For those nights when you want to leave your worries behind and get lost in cocktails, good conversation, and bae-watching, make sure to doll yourself up in something short, something black, and something with sass. This ensemble by Michal Kovacik, along with Aquazzura stilettos,  Kendra Scott earrings, and a Valentino clutch is the recipe for a good night.

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Whether you have a hot date or a date with yourself to some extravagant event, this dress by Zuzana Kubickova is sure to be a jaw dropper. This beautifully detailed tea length dress, paired with classic Mary Jane Jimmy Choo’s, a Brunello Cucinelli statement necklace, and an Alexander McQueen clutch is an achievable run way look.

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It’s summer time in the city, so when you are ready to chill out and relax, make sure to slip into a Jakub Polanka tunic, Miu Miu shades, Funky Espadrilles by Steve Madden, and a fedora by Heidi Klein- because no one likes a burnt hair part.

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And when you are dreaming of pool days and sun tans, Katerina Geislerova gives us the look. Be playful as you lounge by the pool in a a fedora by Sara Designs, bright Linda Farrow sunnies, and a Hawaii inspired tote by Kate Spade New York- too cute to take in.

 

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Zdenka Imreczeova: Where Basics Are Anything But Boring

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

Bucking the Trend: New Comers Win CGD award show

The Winners of Czech Grand Design 2014 (Prague, Czech Republic) Photo Credit: Jiri Hermman (Hermina)

The Winners of Czech Grand Design 2014 (Prague, Czech Republic)
Photo Credit: Jiri Hermman (Hermina)

In what was a surprise for many at this year’s Czech Grand Design awards show , it was the new comers who took home the top prizes in the areas of jewellery, fashion and best store of the year for 2014.

Winner in the category Fashion Designer of the Year:

LaFormela – Collection S / S 2015

Winner in the category of Designer Jewellery of the Year:
Janja Prokić – collection Hidden Place

Winner in the category of Business of the Year:
Kurator – selection of clothing, fashion accessories, jewellery and design objects

Winner in the category Newcomer of the Year
Tadeas Podracký and Markéta Kratochvílová – diploma thesis: Dioscuri (Tadeas Podracký), Enfant Terrible (Markéta Kratochvílová) and collection Skywalker, Pineapples, Finland Objects

Unlike years past, there were voting changes which helped -we hope-stave off  the same winners and nominees from showing up time and time again.

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Grace’n’Glamour- A Cool new Way to Shop in Prague

Grace’n’Glamour is back with a flair for great Czech Designers

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On Saturday, June 15 at the Thalia hotel, some of the best established and new labels of Czech design will appear in one space for a day of luxury shopping at Grace’n’Glamour.

The project, which started with a simple concept, has turned into a place where great fashion meets affordable prices.

Big names in the Czech design industry like Pavel Ivančic, Ivana Follová, Šárka Šišková, Kateřina Geislerová, Monika Drápalová, Zdeňka Imreczeová and Iveta Pecuchová will bring their current lines, be available for talks, and ready to help make that ‘special’ something you have always dreamed of.

Grace’n’Glamour is also promoting young, fresh talents  from Pavel Ivančic’s VŠUP atelier here in Prague giving the public a chance to see the new talent coming out of Czech universities.

But for those assuming that it’s just about the ladies this Saturday, I am afraid you would be wrong;  Men’s wear, jewellery, hats, as well as many other Czech goodies will also be available at prices that are perfect enough to buy something in every color.

Thalia Hotel
Narodní, 13, Prague 1

Entry: 120 CZK / 5 €

Mongolia is closer than you think

Monika Přikrylova’s exclusive collection, MONGOL, brings Mongolian fashion to the Czech Republic

Ever wonder what it might be like to trek down forgotten mountain paths, ride horses on breathtaking plateaus, and explore the diverse and majestic scenery of Mongolia?

For Shooting Fashion Star’s Monika Přikrylová, bringing Mongolian culture – its simplistic lifestyle, shamanism, and the love for the Mongolian horse-was an essential element to executing her debut line titled MONGOL. Both men and women’s clothing were shown during the recent event at Masarykovo Train Station with themes like: horse’s hair, fez-style caps, red and cobalt blues running intertwining throughout the show.

Mongol- Shooting Fashion Stars 2013 Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

Mongol- Shooting Fashion Stars 2013
Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

A silk skirt and horse hair go a long way in bringing Mongolian culture to life. Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

A silk skirt and horse hair go a long way in bringing Mongolian culture to life.
Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

Wrap skirt combined with fez-style cap and a white shirt make a daring ensemble for the Mongol man. Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

Wrap skirt combined with fez-style cap and a white shirt make a daring ensemble for the Mongol man.
Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

Jersey done right. Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

Jersey done right.
Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

A fashionable Prague Spring

Fashion week blends highs and lows to kick off a season of warmer weather

Denisa Nova s/s13 collectionPhoto Credit: Benjamin Vales

Denisa Nova s/s13 collection
Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

Profil Media, the organizers behind Designblok and its established autumn week, presented Prague’s first-ever Spring Fashion Week, from March 20 to 24, to bring two annual fashion weeks to the city, the way it is done in all the world’s fashion capitals. Held at the Křehký Gallery in Holešovice, it was a loosely knit blend of highs and lows.

The shows started Wednesday with the spring/summer collection of 2006 Czech Grand Designer winner Denisa Nová. The presentation took place in her tiny Prague 1 store, which allowed the street outside and its background noises to play DJ for the evening.

A self-described minimalist, Nová focused on using traditional materials in a new context. “I use very simple cuts, but combine radical tailoring and different fabrics,” the usually shy designer says.

Denisa Nova's beautiful structured jacket was a perfect example of her dynamic tailoring, though it lost the feeling with the panel of silk on the back.Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

Denisa Nova’s beautiful structured jacket was a perfect example of her dynamic tailoring, though it lost the feeling with the panel of silk on the back.
Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

Her latest collection relied heavily on a viscose-elastane blend, a favorite of the designer’s as well as of fast fashion brands. Her gift for tailoring was shown to good advantage in a 100 percent wool men’s-style suit coat, a Poly turtleneck peplum jacket with a mesh interior, and a pair of viscose-elastane lounge pants.

However, there was some confusion in her collection. In a gesture one can only assume was intended to correlate masculine and feminine ideas, a sky-blue woolen-silk coat displayed the masculine tailoring of which the designer is so fond in the front of the garment, with a mixture of feminine touches on the back, such as a panel of white silk chiffon. But what was its aim? Did Nová want to have raw seams and an unfinished look? Did she want movement with the silk or structure with the front? Whatever the intent was, it was not successful.

The collection of Hana Zárubová, the 2012 Czech Grand Design winner for her fashion designs, fell short of expectations. Her designs relied too much on the ideas that had garnered her accolades in the past (she’s been nominated three times for a Czech Grand Design award and won it twice), using the same harem trousers, down vests with an intense bow-neck collar, and the same bland, safe-house neutral color palette, as well as an incessant use of jersey that felt feckless.

Hana Zarubova's s/s13 collection titled "Work in Progress"Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

Hana Zarubova’s s/s13 collection titled “Work in Progress”
Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

But there was much to celebrate as well, such as the collections by Klára Nademlýnská and Liběna Rochová.

“I wanted to be optimistic, and I wanted [the collection to be] full of colors and positive energy,” Nademlýnská says. That positive energy came in the form of a pistachio and gray felt-wool-blended motorcycle jacket with beige leather detailing and an olive-green military-style cape paired with lounge pants in a sumptuous pink satin. A silk-muslin blend found its way into dresses with a brushstroke pattern that was both up-to-date and chic.

Emerald green trend was covered by Klara Nademlynska's s/s13 collectionPhoto Credit: Benjamin Vales

Emerald green trend was covered by Klara Nademlynska’s s/s13 collection
Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

With her pouf hair and heart-shaped lips, Marie Antoinette could easily have found her way into Rochová’s fall/winter selection of rosettes laser-cut into 3-D foam dresses, coats and a suit. The widely acknowledged “Queen of Czech design” used the fabric in a blush pink and black combining many aesthetic elements from her spring 2012 collection. While the 3-D foam was technically stunning, the movement of these pieces was as stiff and rigid as a full-court dress from 1770s Versailles.

Libena Rochova's 3D inspired dresses Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

Libena Rochova’s 3D inspired dresses
Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

This collection would later win the Designblok Premier Fashion Week award, following a contentious round of voting during which votes needed to be recounted until a “suitable” outcome was reached by the organizers.

Libena Rochova's spring collectionPhoto Credit: Benjamin Vales

Libena Rochova’s spring collection
Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

On Saturday, PBL Prague (formerly the Pavel Brejcha Line) showed off its vivid sport-meets-sherbet-color designs. It was a little like watching the movie A League of Their Own, but sexier and with less mud. Baseball jackets adorned an Empire dress that was half-cotton and half-mesh. Other silhouettes included a combination of marigold-yellow and pink silk chiffon, crêpe de Chine, and crêpe chiffon circle skirts and dresses with a traditional button-down shirt in a jersey material.

Marigold yellow cotton and silk chiffon dress with a striking red skinny belt is the perfect Spring look

Marigold yellow cotton and silk chiffon dress with a striking red skinny belt is the perfect Spring look

After the candy colors of so many designers, Pavel Ivančic’s MUSET line presented the sober tailored cuts of the First Republic, austere silhouettes of the Communist era and, strangely enough, the Amish. The designer wanted to focus on “reduction” and ridding the garment of elements he deemed not absolutely necessary – including color. Ivančic enlisted the help of Czech textile mills to replicate period fabrics in the form of cotton twill denim, cotton shirtings and jersey.

MUSET took inspiration from the First Republic and Communism to make a beautifully constructed line for spring/summer 2013Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

MUSET took inspiration from the First Republic and Communism to make a beautifully constructed line for spring/summer 2013
Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

This sober mood continued with “There is nothing there,” by Monika Drápalová, the title suggesting the absence of a higher being and a consequent faith in nature. Working with painter František Matoušek, Drápalová – who recently returned from a sabbatical – discussed the loss of faith in her presentation of duster coats, Just Cavalli print coveralls, rosary-etched tent dresses and free-flowing Just Cavalli print gowns.

Your own, personal, Jesus- Monika Drapalova s/s13Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

Your own, personal, Jesus- Monika Drapalova s/s13
Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

I-D magazine darling Martina Špetlová kicked Saturday evening into high gear with a texture haven of swinging ’60s London, where she is based. Špetlová used nappa and salmon fish-leather jackets, skirts, and trousers, which were given texture through the use of slits, basket weaves and arrow designs in colors ranging from sky blue and mint to electric orange and lime green. Bouclé alpaca knit dresses were worn under over-sized basket-weave coats as models danced to the beat of “Pink Cadillac” by Pat Cresswell & the Crescents.

Swinging 60's in leather at Marketa Spetlova's A/W 2013 collectionPhoto Credit: Benjamin Vales

Swinging 60’s in leather at Martina Spetlova’s A/W 2013 collection
Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

 This article first appeared in The Prague Post on March 27, 2013

Showing some skin or adding some bulk: Young Czech designers show talent at Spring Fashion Week

 

 

Oversize coats or mid-drift tops, the young Czech designers who debuted collections for the Elle Talent Card decided to play with these two themes and sometimes both at the same time. Most of these young talents come from VSUP and are under the helm of the ‘Czech Queen of Fashion’Libena Rochova– which one can immediately notice from the silhouettes.

Karolína Juříková , using elements of plaids, chiffon silks, over-sized jackets, transparent shirts and trousers, used bold patterns and textures to create her spring/summer 2013 look. Ms. Juříková’s use of materials created a fun show with very wearable pieces that seemed light years ahead of some of the more established designers. She will certainly be one to watch in the coming years.

karolína juříková's  plaid frenzy was fresh among a sea of black, grey, and beigePhoto credit: Benjamin Vales

karolína juříková’s plaid frenzy was fresh among a sea of black, grey, and beige
Photo credit: Benjamin Vales

karolína juříková's yellow plaid pants, transparent top with a head gear in silk. Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

karolína juříková’s yellow plaid pants, transparent top with a head gear in silk.
Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

karolína juříková's solid black coat with silk. Perfect for Prague's finicky weather Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

karolína juříková’s solid black coat with silk. Perfect for Prague’s finicky weather
Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales


Monika Krobová introduced both her winter semester work (which was shown at Designblok Premier Fashion Week during the fall), as well as a new spring collection. Attempting to capture the over-sized outerwear theme running throughout the fall and some of the spring shows, Monika used drop-waist jackets and coats tied at the hip. A boxier shape followed into spring with the likes of Eliska Kuchtova’s– recent nominee for Discovery of the Year at Czech Grand Design- designing strappy leather and rope sandals as the perfect shoe for spring.

Strapless dress by student Monika Krobová Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

Strapless dress by student Monika Krobová
Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

A very Libena look by young designer Monika Krobová. Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

A very Libena look by young designer Monika Krobová.
Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

Tereza Ujevičová– if you were ever wondering what you would wear to an “End of the World Party” to still look fashionable and totally cool, this would be the girl you would ultimately track down first. Ripped jeans, dresses, and trousers created an, I don’t give a shit about anything, look that under most circumstances would look insouciance, but under Ujevičová looked completely bad ass.

If there is a zombie apocalypse I want to be dressed from head to toe in Tereza Ujevičová Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

If there is a zombie apocalypse I want to be dressed from head to toe in Tereza Ujevičová
Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales