The Cracow Fashion Awards had their 16th showcasing this past month in a dramatic and spectacular fashion. Fifty-one collections were showcased within this three-hour event that highlighted some of the graduates form the local school of art and fashion design.
Winner of the biggest award of the night, Anna Walicka, seized upon the curvilinear line-work of fingerprints and wood grains to develop a range with distorted silhouettes and striking accents reminiscent of the work of Rick Owens. Walicka achieved distortion in a number of ways: coats were cut disproportionately and graphics printed upon silks were fastened upon the body obscuring lines. Striking half-sleeves and wooden hand accents embracing the heels of shoes and shoulders made striking additions to the range.
Other collections of the night explored a variety of ideas that included redefining the use of colours by using a single hue whilst maintaining strong wearability. North and South American tribal references were also remixed into a more contemporary folk style, and neon piping was an on-trend and relevant addition to the ranges on show.—Eeli Y