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It wasn’t just Boston Fashion Week’s “Emerging Trends” show we arrived to late last week, but a mecca of creative visuals and global talent as as seven of the industry’s brightest emerging international designers all gathered under one roof. The traveling Emerging Trends show has been presented all over the world from New York City to London–and made it’s 8th annual stop in Boston this past Friday. Held at Artists for Humanity Epicenter at 100 W 2nd Street, and featuring designers from style hubs like France and China, it was a night of decadent wedding gowns, exotic prints, and innovative futuristic design.

Mallika Hetrakul’s take on old Hollywood glamour, merged with modern sensibilities, was a relic of Art Deco designs from the twenties and thirties. With wispy flapper-esque silhouettes and pearl headpieces plundered from the Jazz Age, glowing duchess satin, lace, bead embellishments, and soft crepe viscose all came together in loose-fitting, yet still body consciousness wedding gowns. The Australian-based designer’s tulle-lined and delicate drop-waist gowns were made to be timeless—”You can take it out in ten years and wear it out again,” she said.

Luscious and flowing silk, inspired by butterflies, fish, and flowers for springtime, dominated Kanjana Amato’s Ready-to-Wear “Ocean’s Tale” collection. Rich silk gowns replete with flowing hemlines were offset with pleated crepe, Grecian one-shoulder designs, loose mesh, and beaded embellishments. Our favorite? A bright orange velvet gown with a plunging neckline, an open back, and a draped silhouette, paired with hi-top sneakers to balance off the sultry look.

California College of Arts graduate Hao Dong wanted to use fashion “as a stage for art.” Her “Hao R U” collection features pop art designs crafted from neoprene and fur paired with oversized, chunky silhouettes, bright neon shades of orange, blue, and yellow, and hand-painted graphics of the designer’s face in a grand statement about mass label appeal and individualism. Layering a blue fur vest over billowing satin pants, Dong certainly has an eye for the unconventional. “Most people design feminine pieces that show off your curves and I wanted to show the other side,” she said.

Mangoshee’s machine-molded galoshes, crafted from PVC and silicone, were meticulously hand-decorated with leather and wood embellishments. Inspired by natural elements of the forest, Bulgarian designer Mariela Skenderova utilized warm, earth tones to craft shoes that were traditionally worn by Bulgarian women while working in the fields into a fashion statement for the open-minded individual.

Anyone looking for exotic prints and bold pops of color should look no further than Modern Vintage Gate 26’s collection. Designer Andy Jacques was inspired by his recent trip to Qatar and Mumbai, incorporating Middle Eastern-inspired prints into his collection of ruched dresses, high-neck blouses, and applique skirts. Soft silhouettes, rich colors, animal print, and metallic sequins gave the designs a diverse flair, tailored specifically for the woman who is a “jetsetter on a whim.”

Hungarian designer Eszter Bodi’s “BodiEs” collection was inspired by the Barbie dolls and scrunchies of her youth, designing practical use, waterproof scarves that could be transformed into a hood one minute and a vest the next. Bodi played on the theme of Barbie dolls as models donned blue and pink silk scarves before changing into skirts and shawls halfway through the show, demonstrating the accessory’s range of multifunctionality.

Avant-garde would be the understatement of the year for the student-designed NUVU Studio Group. Focusing on the limits of human experience and future realities, designers engineered a LED light-up laser acrylic “emotion mask” with hand controls hooked up through manual wiring, allowing the mask to change color depending on the model’s hand movements. A dress replete with red spikes represented the extension of the body and a mobility tool for the visually impaired. Designed as a companion to the “emotion mask,” a dress with slats made from wood and mylar evoked the sense of “fight or flight” response, symbolizing the body’s physical reaction to an emotional stimulant.

Source: bostonmagazine.com


By Mayeesha Galiba, news correspondent

The SYNERGY Events held its eighth annual Emerging Trends Fashion show on Friday to end Boston Fashion Week. The show was split into two parts, featuring up-and-coming designers from all around the world, and was hosted by Miss Massachusetts USA 2015, Polikseni Manxhari.

Designers came from Thailand, Bulgaria, Hungary, Australia, China and the US. For many of them, it was their first big showcase, and it gave them an opportunity to enter into the fashion market, according to Reaz Hoque, SYNERGY C.E.O.  and lead organizer of the event. At the entrance of the space was a red carpet photo-op area. Interns bustled around before the show began, wiping down every spot on the runway, putting out sparkling water for the guests and making sure everything was perfectly in place.

“Boston really needs a properly executed fashion week show,” Hoque said. “I think with so many people’s support and months of work, we are very privileged to do what we’re doing here. With the blend of local and international designers that we brought in tonight, it really creates that diverse talent.”

The show started with videos playing on the two sides of the stage before an array of models wearing gowns made of silks and satins, particularly wedding dresses, walked across. This was the “With Love” collection by Mallika Hetrakul, a designer from Thailand. The models wore crystal headpieces and dark makeup, giving them an old-fashioned but refined look.

Next was Thai designer Kanjana Amato’s collection “Ocean’s Tale” – plenty of plunging necklines and aquatic colors.

“My collection is inspired by the ocean, and it’s involved with silk, pleat and velvet fabrics,” Amato said. “It’s my first fashion show and it has been amazing. I’m hoping that my clothing line [will] take off and share with people out there.”

The fashion show wasn’t totally limited to garments, though, as Bulgarian designer Mariela Skenderova’s collection consisted of reinvented Bulgarian shoes and purses with natural themes, featuring woodsy colors and embellishments.

The attendees were a mix of the New England fashion elite and people who wanted to break through in the industry and network. In between shows, VIPs went to the beauty bar and had their hair and makeup touched up, adding an interactive aspect to the experience. Some designers had tables set up to further market their brands.

“I’m developing my own business idea, my own company,” Katya Tsyganova, marketing director for Casa Design Boston, said. “I’m here to discover some new ideas, to meet some people and to see some beautiful designs.”

The second part of the show featured bolder styles, including the bright patterns and pastels of Modern Vintage, an online boutique of contemporary women’s apparel.

The collection from NuVu Studio, an innovation studio in Cambridge, stood apart from the design crowd, as it featured outfits that combined technology with fashion. A glowing mask rested on one model’s face, creating a futuristic look. Another model came out in a dress called “Spikey” that featured long red spikes protruding in every direction. There was also a focus on distinct lines and metals – one model’s geometric golden shawl was made from small adjacent triangles.

The goal of the Emerging Trends Fashion Show is to push lesser-known designers into the fashion world and show that they can be marketable, according to Hoque.

“It’s a catch-22 when it comes to fashion shows and fashion brands,” Hoque said. “If people don’t know you, they don’t want you. What we can hope for from a show like this is that we created a buzz, we got to show it to the right type of people.”

Source: huntnewsnu.com


Sometimes even I can’t say “No” to a women’s party. That is how we ended up at Mariela Skenderova’s atelier. Mariela designs the shoes and bags under the respective brands of Mangoshee and Kiera. So just like that, we were holding a glass of wine among shoes, bags, ribbons and other beautiful things.

What are Mangoshee and Kipra

Mangoshee and Kipra are Bulgarian brands of urban shoes and bags. Almost entirely made by hand, extremely colourful and functional. If you have seen them once, you will not forget them, I guarantee.

Life is always better with new shoes…

Especially when we are talking about unique, handmade and based on your own idea of how you want them to look shoes. A month later I received my own special Mangoshee in a beautiful box. It wasn’t easy to set my mind on a design – the yellow or the pink ones, cut out like embroidery or not; with green, purple or brown ribbon or with a button. Ended up with a ribbon and a button! I think we all changes our minds about five times just because once you see them you want them all. I tried out every single shoe in the atelier that fit my foot!


Are they comfortable? – I find them comfortable. I like flats and the rubber is really soft. There are soles that isolate and soften the touch with the ground. The Mangoshees are not giving me blisters, like some 70% of the new shoes I get. I wear them with stockings for the winter but I will also try them bare food in the spring and we will see.

What are people’s reactions? – I wore them two times and all eyes were on my feet. There was even a reaction that went like: “Oh, so these are the Mangoshee!” – I had already posted about it on social media. :)

You must be kidding! These are colourful galoshes! – No, I am super serious. At least, as serious as I can be about yellow shoes with a dotted ribbon on top! Living in a city like Sofia (dirty and muddy all the time) I can appreciate cute rubber shoes that are light on my feet and easy to clean.

Does the brand offer wellies? – No. Mangoshee is made in Bulgaria, but unfortunately, no one still makes rubber boots here.

Are they appropriate for the Winter? – as long as there isn’t deep snow and too much mud, yes they are. You can wear them with fancy socks or tights.

Can I order now to have them for Christmas? – only Mariela could answer this, but you can still make an arrangement to take a look and choose from the ready to buy shoes and bags. Check out the website and the Facebook and contact her!

Source: sabinap.com

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