CULTURE

From military airs and pirates to drag-show, gothic and old-style elegance

Innovative combinations mixing time moments in creating a new «Class Chic» was the story at Giorgos Eleftheriadis’s exceptional show. According to Deux Hommes, their collection «mixed fragments of European history and culture with modern geometry and a new romantic feeling.» The result was a stellar assortment of camel, black and ivory as well as shimmering metallic shines. At LAK, a team headed by Lakis Gavalas offered a fairy-tale fashion story of strolling in Zappeion Gardens as a kid, studying in Paris and returning to Greece dressed in broderie anglaise, jeans and crystals. Divas as diverse as Beyonce and Anna Vissi were the inspiration behind the rocky attitude of Michalis Aslanis, while Daphne Valente’s fashion comeback was nothing short of touching, with the designer’s featherlight, signature drapes and handmade costume jewelry gracing the catwalk. At Erifilli Nikolopoulou’s «Villa de Noailles,» it was all in the details and «couture touches» executed by delicate handwork, while Vasso Consola reconfirmed her reputation as a leader in knitwear. Pavlos Kyriakides threw a few powerful pieces defined by their volume and occasional military airs, while Yiannos Xenis presented an elaborate, handmade, primarily eveningwear collection featuring macrame, among other techniques. For Fanny Voutsela the story was femininity and romance, while Nikos-Takis opted for a drag-show opening. Contrasting balloon with more fitted silhouettes was one of the ideas at Christoforos Kotentos, who succeeded in taking his gothic aesthetic a step ahead. Sexy silhouettes was the story at Kathy Heyndels, while Makis Tselios presented smart looks for guys and girls. Serious embroideries, taffeta and silk was the atmosphere at Nicolas Mavropoulos, while raw silk and glamour was the story line at Thessaloniki-based Constantinos. For Victoria Kyriakides, a little bit of theatrics resulted in a bright show combining pirates with military touches, while Liana Camba was all about wearability, through combinations of jodhpurs with elegant tops. Patchworks for romantic cocktail dresses were presented by Elina Lembessi, while Thessaloniki’s Andria went for a purer linear silhouette. Mi-Ro’s fluid, high-waist silhouettes and small details were proof Greek fashion is facing a bright future, while Orsalia Parthenis’s array of Maltese puppies, though adorable, didn’t distract attention from an exciting unicolor collection based on comfort and natural fibers. A powerful opening by Loukia resulted in games of wool, satin and embroidery, among others, while Thessaloniki’s Simeoni appeared to be in a Russian mood, complete with fur hats and colorful knits. Raw sexiness reigned supreme at Veloudakis and veteran couturier Christos Mailis opted for his trademark, old-style elegance. For Marcello Niktas, it was a contrast of materials based on a dim color palette. A joint appearance by the New Comers resulted in a variety of suggestions: Katerina Alexandraki opted for short tunics and earthy tones, while Celia D. presented a series of youthful dresses with ethnic touches. Chara Lebessi went for signature, sexy drapes, while Smaragdi offered vibrant knits. Dimitris Dassios was the only designer to present – spectacular – jewelry.