The Most Awaited Show, the Tastiest Martini and More - Fashion Week Top List Part 2

Maria Vanyovszki

The four different venues of BCEFW fashion week allowed each designer to take advantage of the opportunities in a slightly different way.

And fashion is always ready for diversity.

Starting Saturday, Pelso decorated the staircase of the National Dance Theatre with their softly undulating prints, giving the fashion week a light-hearted start with luxurious home and leisure wear.
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Nomen est omen, Pintime Clothing took us from the flat waterfront to the forested, snowy mountains. Adding another layer of cool technical clothing, we could daydream about our friends who were skiing or snowboarding abroad instead of attending fashion week.
Photo: Joon Kim, @joon_filmlab
I would give the award for the most expressive installation to the BORBALA brand. Bori Ferencz, one of Hungary's greatest masters of upcycling, drew our attention to the amount of waste we produce with our thoughtless purchases by displaying discarded, used clothes. What is waste to others is treasure to her, and to make this treasure visible to all, she upcycles other people's discarded clothes with creative designs.
Photo: Joon Kim, @joon_filmlab
DAIGE's fashion week debut last autumn so captured my heart that I was eagerly awaiting this year's staircase action. With the space prepared with art installations, it also entered my best backgrounds category. When dancer Bea Egyed appeared at the top of the stairs in a nude body suit with curly hair, I thought I was seeing myself, because I was wearing a similar body suit under my knitted dress. She definitely takes the top prize for dressing to the music, as the brand's lovely clothes brought us in the mood for autumn, even if it is still so far away.
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The traditional, time-travelling style of Katti Zoób was also reflected in the choreography of the presentation. The models arrived with numbered cards on the stage of the Hungarian National Museum's ceremonial hall, while the actress presenting the programmes told us in a pleasant voice which beauty we could see on which model. The most original evocation of the fashion history prize goes to this presentation.
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We were looking forward to all the shows, but if we look deep inside ourselves, we were most excited about the Kerényi Virág show. I have friends who always want to go to this show, if nothing else. The spectacle, the representation of reality created by Virág Kerényi, is the thrill of a multidimensional film.
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The first surprise of the presentation was the live music. This time, instead of the usual DJ music, the models walked to the music of a brass band, evoking fictional characters of monarchs and heroines.
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High-volume dresses alternated with bold styles and futuristic lines.
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Accessorised with spectacular headpieces and Virág's trademark ultra cool bags, the models appeared not as contrasts to the books, but as if they had just stepped off the pages of a historical or fictional novel.
The prize for the most striking fantasy ensemble goes to the outfit worn by Rea Milla.
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Guests from across the border are always refreshing among Hungarian designers. This time, two Slovak and two Polish brands have been added to the palette.
On Saturday morning, Petra Kubiková showed off her elegantly tailored outfits on the steps of the National Dance Theatre.
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On Sunday evening, Petra Kovacs told her colourful story written with clothes in the space of the ELTE University Library and Archives.
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In this year's line-up, I was completely won over by the Polish guests.

First, SZCZYGIEL with their Sunday morning show. Strong female characters were pervasive in the line of outfits that were presented on the sunlit space of the Museum of Etnography. No coincidence, as the THINK collection is part of a series,
which tells the story of three determined women from Poland's turbulent history.
The story of the three women dates back to 1976, as they struggle to cope with social and political changes in Sopot, Poland, while striving for independence, financial freedom and love. As the plot is set in the 1970s, it also has the disco atmosphere of the time. Furthermore, the pieces in the collection are made with zero waste technology.
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I cheered through the finale so much that I forgot to take a video.

The other one is RAD DUET

I have to admit that on Sunday evening I didn't expect that after Virág Kerényi's show anyone could surprise me. On the one hand, fatigue, on the other hand, the challenging lighting of the library didn't bode well. The RAD DUET team still managed to charm me.
The central element of the Irena collection is the motif of crystal glass from the "Irena" glassworks in Inowrocław. Heavier than others, and perfectly transparent, thanks to beautiful cuts it has an extraordinary ability to split light. In the collection, the crystals appear in the form of raised embroidery and numerous crystal castings.
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Important motifs in the collection include historical references to Poland's unprecedented fate in Europe, while also evoking sustainability, respect for diversity and the exciting era of the 1970s.
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In my previous toplist, I've already written about falling in love with one of RAD DUET'S coats. The truth is, the whole collection is a big encounter with myself, so I will definitely dedicate a separate article to it.

Dressing up is a constant opportunity to explore and experiment, to discover ourselves.

The FOUR duo have a very good sense of the subject, and their choice of fabrics gives us a glimpse into their own origin story. Anett's roots are represented by African patterns and kente weaves from Ghana; the Swabian silk damask is from Bezdan, Marci's hometown in Vojvodina. The fabric is made on 180-year-old wooden jacquard looms in a border town in the northernmost part of Serbia, which gives the garments an additional historical and traditional character.
They also presented the coolest jumpsuit at fashion week.
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The whole fashion week was marked by exclusivity, with martinis served in spectacular glasses at every venue. Coming from the middle of a course of antibiotics after dental surgery, I didn't get a sip, but my fellow fashion fans said the service and flavours were exquisite.
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Instead of drinks, my mood was lifted by  pleasant encounters: with art, with old and new acquaintances, and with myself on each of these occasions.
On this topic, I would give the award for the most artistic background to Kata Szegedi, who presented her autumn/winter collection in front of and inspired by the works of Márton Nemes, a Hungarian painter currently living in New York.
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The abstractions of the artist, who works in the American metropolis now, were perfectly suited to the space of the Museum, where the duo Kata Szegedi and Dani Benus showcased their urbane, futuristic outfits, which were as thought-provoking as the paintings.
It's been a long time since I met Márton, so I was thrilled listening to him.
Thanks to photographer, Dinara Sungatullina my conversation with Márton was captured, too.
BCEFW series will be continued with detailed reviews on some collections.
Part 1: „The bests of the bests” - Fashion Week Highlights - Part 1
Cover photo: THE FOUR
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Joon Kim, @joon_filmlab 
Dina Sungatullina

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