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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A Tourist Primer for the Ladies: Footwear in Prague

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Firstly, let’s talk footwear. Ladies, do not bring your strappy $500 shoes with you to Prague unless you really don’t mind if they get scratched and ruined. There is a reason that most women in Prague where flats – no, its not because we are all hippies or concerned about our feet – it’s specifically because the cobble stones will eat any good pair of shoes you happen to own.

 

So much pretty causes so much damage

So much pretty causes so much damage

 

Prague’s footwear dilemma can be broken down into three categories: High Class Walks , Stumble Upon Places and Nights Out. All require different footwear, all will probably leave you in a bit of pain (walking in Prague is tiresome and well, hard). One may leave your shoes eternally ruined with not even Mr-Fix- It-Cobller back home being able to repair the damage that the Prague streets have done.

 

High Class Walks

Manolo Blahnik S/S14 collection  Photo Credit: Pinterest

Manolo Blahnik S/S14 collection
Photo Credit: Pinterest

Walking around the city centre, while beautiful,  is treacherous for any nice pair of shoes.  This of course doesn’t mean that you should wear your fave camping shoes around Prague; there will be plenty of eye rolls for those that have great contempt for this- especially if you pick one of the many cafes mentioned in the article here. If the main objective for your holiday is romance and casual sight-seeing stick with a pair of comfy loafers, a wedge heel, a low court shoe or a sturdy smaller heel. Below are a few examples from some of my fave designers which should work as inspiration for packing.

 

 

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If your Prague holiday consists of  8am out-the-door adventures both in Prague and the surrounding areas like Karlstejn and Kutna Hura, my suggestions are firmly planted in the F and B words; flats and ballerinas.  Not only will you be comfortable in multiple types of terrain but you’ll also look chic as well.

Just because you leave the city doesn’t mean you can slack on your wardrobe choices…

Of course those looking to explore more of what Czech nature has to offer may want to go with the much celebrated hiking boot and/or running shoe instead of these cute little guys. True trekkers know ruining a pair of French Soles or Nicholas Kirkwood’s for the love of the countryside if just down right silly.

 

 

Nights out on the town

Nights out in Prague can range from underground beer labyrinths filled with cigarette smoke to ultra chic bars with men and women wearing bedazzled tops from Temperley or lace skirts from Valentino. Since I spend most of my life at the later and not the former, the shoes below reflect that.

It should be noted that if you decide the bad beer and smokey bars are you thing then I highly recommend wearing a pair of kicks that you either: a) don’t care about   b) have become your raving/clubbing/disco/festival shoes   c) you opt to get so drunk that you don’t care that the guy next to you has stepped on your suede Kirkwoods and the girl has split- for the 30th time mind you- her Frankovka wine on them as well.

At the ever popular gastropub and high-end pubs it’s certainly acceptable for ladies to don their fave pair of loafers or high-heeled shoes. Sure, they may be a few people that will look at you, but who doesn’t love that kind of attention anyway?

 

 

 

 

Got a question about footwear? Not sure you’ve picked the right shoes for Prague? Shoot me an email and I’ll try and help! Happy Walking!

 

An Ode To Summer Colors

Libena Rochova debuts new limited edition collection with Summer joi de vivre

After a long winter of blacks, greys, and boring beige it was nice to see that color was back in full form at the Libena Rochova show on April 23. Using summer color combinations of canary yellow, new-leaf green, dusty rose, sea-foam green, and cobalt blue, the designer began a transformation away from her normal white and black; to a wearable summer line that was classic but with a twist.

Photo Credit: Emily McDermott

Photo Credit: Emily McDermott

This twist, came in many different forms. Some of them fantastic, some not so much; but the idea was there and for once Ms. Rochova began to show us that she can take risks in the form of silhouettes and fabrics that are not always the most forgiving.

The first twist in her collection was the blue-collar staple of the mechanic’s suit. Ms. Rochova turned a rather boring work staple into something that was sexy and fun, by adding a wider-leg trouser and an open slit in the front where a leather bandeau was discreetly placed in a tonal color to match the all linen suit. To mix it up, this suit was reversed to allow not a plunging neckline,but a vast split down the back that had a sex appeal not often seen on the streets of Prague.

A new take on the mechanic's suit  Photo Credit: Emily McDermott

A new take on the mechanic’s suit
Photo Credit: Emily McDermott

As the collection moved forward, so did a 60’s color-block vibe in muted, sherbert leathers with just a hint of mid-drift for those daring enough to show it. Chunkier zippers were added to the side of the tanks and skirts to further encapsulate the 60’s feeling in the collection. When shift dresses weren’t the norm, a capri pant in white was the choice Rochova went after.

Color-Blocked leather with 60's style zippers Photo Credit: Emily McDermott

Color-Blocked leather with 60’s style zippers
Photo Credit: Emily McDermott

Showing a bit of skin with a color-block leather top and white capri style trousers Photo Credit: Emily McDermott

Showing a bit of skin with a color-block leather top and white capri style trousers
Photo Credit: Emily McDermott

Two pieces that looked hopeful, but soon fell to the side, were two canary colored dresses in silk organza and chiffon that either offered too much movement or not enough. While the idea was certainly one that was interesting, the shape of the garment wasn’t flattering to the model, let alone a woman of non-model proportions.

An idea that missed the execution- a canary  yellow dress  Photo Credit: Emily McDermott

An idea that missed the execution- a canary yellow dress
Photo Credit: Emily McDermott

The limited edition summer collection was one that was interesting and fresh. It was nice to see that Libena Rochova took a few steps away from her traditional comfort zone silhouettes and attempted to make something fresh and new- either with new materials or forms. In reality, all we need now is for the weather to actually change