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November 2014

TALLINN FASHION WEEK 2014 (PART 3)

And here is the final part of my Tallinn Fashion Week impressions.

The first show that day was TIINA by Tiina Talumees. After the show, a friend of mine came to me and asked what I thought about it. I hesitated and said that it is not what you would expect to see at the fashion week. “Yes, but it’s wearable!”, a friend said. I am glad that our designers make wearable things, but it doesn’t mean they should look like some foreign mass-market brand. In case someone wants to correct me, I do know that Tiina Talumees periodically exhibits haute couture collections, but that is another book.

By the way, this skirt costs €170, and the blouse is €135. Huh.

Next there was the adjacent show by Marilin Sikkal and Piret Ilves. Marilin Sikkal didn’t spend too much time on modelling, but spent quite a fortune on beatiful and expensive fabrics instead. I bet, many ladies are going to run after her with money for New Year’s outfits in their hands.

After Sikkal, Piret Ilves’s collection was on the runway. And it was goooood. Not too much, not too little, not too boring, and not too excessive. Maybe, the audience didn’t see anything cutting-edge new, but the collection was good both palette- and designwise. Clothes by Piret Ilves are also wearable (с), and I sincerely wish her brand many happy years of existence. Here you can see the entire collection.

Next, however, we saw something weird. I don’t want to offend anyone, but Taavi Turk’s collection was a failure. I was quite surprised when later I read several positive reviews about his show. Personally, I couldn’t care less about it. My friend in her new H&M leather skirt looks much more mysterious and intriguing than the models of the entire Taavi Turk’s collection altogether.

His previous collection at ERKI fashion show last spring was more interesting.

I love black. It has its own magic. This is a very complex color that is easy to mess up by unsuitable fabric or poor design. If that is the case, a person dressed in black may look terrible or just boring, at best. Estonian designers, it seems to me, abuse the usage of black in particular and graphic art in general.

I also went to the fourth day, but my photos went wrong, so I will be quick here. Collection by Oksana Tandit was not much to my taste, but it was what you expect and want to see at Fashion Week: design, color, design, fabric, style, quality and details. Then there were four more collections by the following designers: Ketlin Bachmann, Riina Põldroos and Aldo Järvsoo. Everything was fun, but again, just not for me.
Here you can see all the collections of the day.

 

TALLINN FASHION WEEK 2014 (PART 2)

So, the second day.
On the first runway show that I coud visit, I saw a collection by Maire Valdmaa. It made me remember my batic painting classes at the university.
I think, in order to present patterns on the fabric in a more interesting way, designers should have worked more carefully on modelling the dresses.
Later, the collection by Iris Janvier was shown. I liked its pretty origami-style details and garment construction in general. The colour scheme wasn’t as nice though, and it marred the effect of this collection. You can see it here, it is worthy of notice.
Next on the runway was Kaidi Kuur. I liked several things, but this collection in the whole left me untouched, even though it was rather pretty to look at and – surprise, surprise! – colourful! I emphasize this fact because the rest of collections are just a gray and black fest.
After Kaidi And then was shown there was a collection by teachers of Estonian Academy of Arts, MOOD 100 …And that’s where everything was black and gray. I’ve got nothing to say. Reviewing the photos, I realized that almost nothing has caught my eye except several items in Japanese style.
I like Japanese style myself, and it truly inspires me. But – come on! Almost every collection fashioned one or another Japanese motive. By the end of the day it just got disappointing.

Tallinn Fashion Week 2014 (part 1)

On the 23-26 of October there was a long-awaited TFW! Visiting all the runway shows turned out to be rather exhausting, but interesting, although I was less impressed than I expected. In this TFW my favourites were Triinu Pungits and Piret Ilves. Let’s start with day 1. I missed two first runway shows, but what can you do. I was busy backstage with Perit Muuga.

Later I ran to the award ceremony for Kuldnõel (The Golden Needle) and Hõbenõel (The Silver Needle).Hõbenõel was awarded to Triinu Pungits, and she was the one my friend and I cheered for.Kuldnõel was given to the UNDERPANTS! However, young men dancing in leggins and bunny ears made a deeper impression on me than the underwear collection itself.

After that, there was an afterparty where I suddenly found myself holding a glass of champagne. Except champagne, there you could also enjoy another fashion show.
It was only the first day, and I was already tired of seeing dark lipstick, catchy make-up and weird-looking hairstyles.

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