Friday night was a big one for the emerging designers of the Herbstrasse school of Fashion. 24 students and soon-to-be designers presented their collections to the curious eyes of the Viennese fashion crowd. Cordially invited by Faux Fox magazine, we were there to take a look.
Behind the scenes, models and designers hung out, waiting for the curtains to be raised on their hard-earned clothes. We walked among them to cast a light on their secret fashion debutante realities. Leonie Kaspar, second one in line to open the show, was nervous but confident about her pieces. “My main inspiration comes from personal experience. I wanted them to evoke control and I have been much inspired by the theme of psychological issues”, she said. Among her favorite designers, Jil Sanders, Céline and Stella McCartney, which happened to be the favorite of most designers behind the scenes.
Hava Borchashvill told us about how her collection, accordingly named archi_sculpture, has been inspired by her love for architecture and geometrical shapes. Synthetic materials have been her instrument of choice; for others, like designer and future fashion writer Neni Bachtregel, it was all about how textile feels on the skin. The daily little things of life have inspired her collection semi.privacy; but it’s not just the personal sphere to function as a muse for these newly graduated fashion designers. Ute Beiglböck, for example, mentioned icebergs and snow as her main theme. Organza and cotton have been the materials of choice.
From the first row, what we saw was a good amount of blooming talent walking down the runway. A visible mutual influence between designers was also striking; neatly cut backpacks and transparent totes were definitely a fashion within the fashion show itself. From edgy to royal, we watched them all and picked out our favorites for you to admire. Welcome the designers of tomorrow.
Laura Kubitschka — airtoearth
White and spongy, sneakers included. A collection which felt like a cloud in high-knee socks and attitude.
Leonie Kaspar — zwang.frei
Some brave backline and defined cuts are in these pieces all about control and with a strong psychological factor.
Ali Eils — Street Looxory
Goddes-like veils and sneakers combined look way better than you’d think.
Veronika Wurjack — F.A.T.E
Alexander Wang vibes and a combat look made this line shine on the catwalk.
Katherina Kolar — I scream you scream we all scream for ice cream
The name says it all in this collection mostly for men, as playful and colorful as you’d expect.
Carmen Lea Glanz — E
Furry ends and futuristic masterpieces. A favorite was definitely the wedding-like couple coming down the catwalk like two newlyweds from the future.
Julia Seemayer — beauty in destruction
Like batman girls with hoodies, the models wore the collection as a weapon.
Among my favorites of the night, Nurgül Akbas’ incredible imperial piece worn by one tough, bold model, a geometrical ice sculpture by Ute Beiglböck and Stefanie Leitner’s feminine Samurais.