Astounding show from the international students this year, ESMOD Berlin opened the show with an eclectic mix of hardened leather and clean palettes. Strong outcomes from each university, Berlin and Milan I can safely say had the most exciting prospects.
Sonja Dissberger jump-started the proceedings with an extreme mix of leathers and texturised wool. Lashings of colour shone on loose knits wound together with leather ribbons. Wooden clogs were the choice of footwear with painted patterns complimenting the sides. Most predominantly the choice of headwear, which gave a sinister aura to Sonjas collection, entitled ‘Unusual’.
Zhu Liyuanzi opened for Instituto Marangoni Milan with a refreshing palette of purely block red and black. The infusion of snakeskin detailing and ornate mirror-like paneling highlighted upon hems. A heavy structure flowed throughout the collection with a delightful touch on simple accessories such as a metallic umbrella.
Sofia Colasante was the worthy winner. the audience was applauding throughout the show as she welcomed technology powered dresses all structured with clear plastics that flattered each models silhouette. A steam-powered skirt had everyone in gasps of delight, a thought provoking and futuristic feel ran through each segment of her garments, simply stunning.
Amsterdam Fashion Institute was awash with sheer pleats, paneling and playful hues. Ayla Van created a strong African feel to her loose fitted saris and beaded dresses. As well as a clear reference to eastern dressing, Ayla broke the usual feel for tailored jackets with an invigorating collection of tasteful fabrics. A truly inspiring array of impressive work allowing us to get a taste for other students work from across the globe.
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