Top 10 Styles Romanian Designers at Berlin Fashion Week A/W11

Romanian Designers at Berlin Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2011 to showcase fashion, interior, graphic and web designers’ talent.  Irina Schrotter, Lucian Broscatean, Andreea Musat and Alina Botea all showed their autumn/winter collections on the Berlin catwalk.  Check out our top ten looks below…

Alina Botea

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Alina Botea's collection was fabulously delicate and feminine

For more information visit www.romaniandesigners.com

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Turkey Sails Ahead in 2011

Turkey

TurkeyAs the third highest producer of luxury yachts in the world, boasting an unspoilt coastline of 8000km of spectacular beauty, and with 311 Blue Flag Beaches, Turkey ranks among the top sailing spots in the world.  Sailing enthusiasts can enjoy a tradition of regular international boat races and festivals throughout the year; while the more leisurely can discover the serene ‘Blue Cruise’ on a traditional wooden boat and a breathtaking coastline accessible only by boat.  The best bit?  A multitude of anchoring points offer fantastic settings for snorkelling, swimming and diving, as well as the opportunity to explore secret bays, local fishing villages and vibrant resort towns.

New marinas are opening all the time… the latest is planned for Dalaman on the Mediterranean coast, Turkey’s most popular spot for British visitors, with a capacity of 650 berths and sports (tennis, basketball, football), eating and shopping facilities.  This is an addition to Turkey’s wealth of world-class marinas, 29 of which are international standard, and 12 municipality operated marinas with a total capacity of 10,450 floating berths and 5,400 hard standing.  All are located between Istanbul in the north and Antalya in the south. In Istanbul both Atakoy Marina on the European side and Setur Kalamis-Fenerbahce (Amiral Fahri Koruturk) Marina on the Asian side offer 24-hour service.  Larger cruise-liners most often dock in the larger ports of Istanbul or Kusadasi, both of which are perfectly situated for access to some of Turkey’s most interesting historic sites.  Turkish Marina Management has an excellent reputation amongst international sailing crews for taking care of the yachts and their crew.

New marinas planned include: Marinturk Pendik Marina, Istanbul: 752-berth capacity and 100 hard standing; Marinturk Gocek & Poruklu Marinas, Gocek: 200-berth capacity and 150 hard standing; Alanya Marina on the east side of Antalya Gulf: 300-berth capacity and 150 hard standing; C&N Cesme Marina: 400-berths and 100 hard standing capacity; and Kas Marina: 450-berths and 100 hard standing capacity.

So what are you sailing enthusiasts waiting for?  Organise your sailing tour now!

For more information about sailing opportunities in Turkey visit www.gototurkey.co.uk

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Take a Short Break in Medieval Slovenia this New Year

Obviously, Slovenia is one of my favourite countries in which to holiday so I was excited to hear that for 2011, specialist tour operator, Just Slovenia, is offering short breaks over New Year to the pretty, medieval town of Radovljica, where the fourth generation of the Štiherle family welcomes guests to the charming Kunstelj inn for traditional celebrations and gourmet dining.

With its classic architecture, pavement cafes, healthy sub-alpine climate, several interesting museums, plus numerous footpaths, Radovljica has much to offer visitors, including spectacular views of the majestic Julian Alps, Mount Triglav and the River Sava running through the valley below. It is also just 10 minutes’ drive from picturesque Bled, where pletna boat rides across the stunning lake, kremsnita cream cakes and the 17th century castle are among the attractions.

On New Year’s Eve, visitors to the historic Kunstelj inn, where guests have been welcomed since 1873, will enjoy a delicious five-course gourmet dinner. Then it’s off for a drink or two and some live music and singing in the local bars, or maybe a short drive to Bled where food stalls, music and a firework display will help to see in 2011 in style.

Based on two people departing on 30 December for three nights, the price of £488 per person includes return flights from Stansted to Ljubljana, car hire, bed & breakfast, a welcome drink, three gourmet meals including dinner on New Year’s Eve and a traditional Slovene meal on New Year’s Day.

For further information, visit www.justslovenia.co.uk or telephone 01373 814230

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Fashion Week Focus: Style from Kiev SS11

The Orthodox Church in Ukraine may have tried to scupper Kiev’s Spring Summer 2011 Fashion Week but their efforts proved unfruitful. Check out our favourite style and looks from the catwalk below…

Day 6: Olena Molchanova

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Колекція: Fresh Fashion: Олена МОЛЧАНОВА / Olena MOLCHANOVA

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Berlin Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011 Style Round-up

Last week Berlin showcased its Spring/Summer 2011 Fashion Week, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz.  Check out our favourite looks, from chic sophistication to 1950s kitsch.

30Paarhaende

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3ph was the result of a student project at the University of Economy and Engineering. At Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week last term's collection was showcased. Think classic, casual chic.

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Russian Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2010-11 Round-up

It’s that time of year again when the elite of the fashion world head to Moscow to see what we should all be wearing next winter.  Check out all the latest trend news straight from the catwalk in Moscow here

Jana Gataullina

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Key to the Jana Gataullina collection was layering. Ensembles were easy, flowing and generally a-symmetrical with a casual vibe.

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Russian Fashion Week A/W 2010-11 Timetable

Russian Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2010-11
Russian Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2010-11

On April 1-7, 2010 Russian Fashion Week, the biggest fashion event in Eastern Europe, is celebrating its 20th season/10 years in Moscow’s Congress-Hall of World Trade Center, turning the Russian capital into the world’s hottest fashion destination for this period.

RFW FW2010/11 schedule includes over 50 shows of cutting-edge designers from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, UK, Italy and more. This season RFW will host British Day under the support of the British Council with participation of Clare Lopeman, Osman Yousefzada, Eley Kishimoto and PPQ. The international flavour will also be added by MAION by Maria Prevolsek (Croatia) and KT Brown (Sri Lanka). Both shows will be held within the frameworks of RFW international cooperation with Fashion Week Zagreb and Colombo Fashion Week respectively. Italy will be represented by a debut collection by a young Italian brand, DISMO, and by a traditional N-U-DE (New Upcoming Designers) collective fashion show of 3 young designers (N-U-DE showcase is organized in cooperation with Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana).

Russian Fashion Week’s program includes “Extending the Runway: Tatiana Sorokko Style” exhibition by famous Russian top model Tatiana Sorokko and “A Shaded View on Fashion Film” selection by famous fashion blogger and visionary Diane Pernet. Karim Rashid, the legendary industrial designer, will become a special guest of RFW Opening.

RFW attracts over 45,000 people and over 1000 accredited journalists and buyers seasonally. RFW is held under support of the Ministry of Culture of Russia, Russian Fashion Foundation and Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs. RFW is produced by Artefact Communications Agency. In past seasons, Russian Fashion Week staged shows by Vivienne Westwood, Julien Macdonald, La Perla, Catherine Malandrino, Jeremy Scott, Costume National, Francesco Smalto, JC de Castelbajac and other prominent international designers along with established and up-and-coming Russian brands, as Slava Zaitsev, Parfionova, Julia Nikolaeva, Lena Karnauhova, Chistova&Endourova, St. Bessarion, Egor Zaitsev, Masha Kravtsova, Tegin, Biryukov and others.

To check out the timetable visit the RFW site.

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PFW: Chapurin Autumn/Winter 2010-11

Russian label, Chapurin’s Autumn/Winter 2010-11 collection was shown at Paris Fashion Week on Saturday.  The inspiration behind the collection was Siberia, the Russian terror incognita, thrown in the north to the icy embrace of the permafrost, confined in the south to a vast snowy taiga.  The region serves the world as an historic metaphor of Russia, a symbol of a power of a civilisation battling the mighty force of nature. This land’s wild beauty, interwoven mixture of Slavic culture and the Siberian folk’s aged-old traditions have inspired Igor Chapurin to create his new collection.  Its character is a personified essence of the northern land combining natural energy and depth, ardor and unbending will, powerful charisma and femininity.

Chapurin

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The Autumn/Winter 2010-11 collection sees loose lines and clear-cut geometry.  Soft cocoons of coats and jackets wrap architectural forms of dresses and body-suits.  Traces of traditional Siberian garments are used in the design of the coats with fur-trimmed hoods.  Large voluminous collars resembling those worn by the Siberians in the old ages give women a strong and powerful silhouette.

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