Distinguished Greek fashion designers, international designers and infamous fashion brands all made their feature at the Xclusive Designers Week in Greece. The biannual event took place at the Zappeion Megaron this spring, which is an important national heritage site of Greek Civilization. Designers who made a feature ranged from Rami Kadi to Daphne Valente.
Scroll to see some of the highlights by seven iconic fashion designers.
This season, Athens Fashion Week hosted Rami Kadi as the guest of honour, featuring 43 of his dresses from his Spring/Summer 2022 collection, titled, ‘Lucid Algorithms’. His show displayed novel and unseen couture designs as exclusive custom pieces handcrafted for Athens Xclusive Designers, featuring bold colors and juxtaposing rhythms.
Vassilis Zoulias demi couture Fall/Winter 2022 collection titled ‘The Swans’ featured black and white pieces inspired by Truman Capote’s book, The Swans. The book harkens back to the 50s and 60s and speaks of the vivacious beauty of women like Marella Agnelli, Gloria Vanderbilt, Babe Paley and all members of prominent American and European families. The collection was rife with taffeta, faille, organza and satin and matched with fine lace and trimmings, all hand-made to perfection.
Paris Valtadoros presented its collection, titled ‘Anasa’, transforming the Peristylion of Zappeion into a V-shaped runway with white decorative balloons. The collection consists of colorful creations combined with an eye for design. Particularly intense colors include yellow, fuchsia, green and rouge, symbolizing optimism. Wide sleeves, a variety of shoulder designs, metallic prints and dresses embellished with stones particularly stand out in this collection.
Daphne Valente presented its ‘Summer Night Dream’ collection inspired by the famous William Shakespeare’s act Midsummer’s Night Dream which takes place in Ancient Greece. The impressive finale was the highlight of the show when the models appeared holding placards with socially-conscious messages such as “stop racism”, “say no to fast fashion” and “no bullying”. Designer Valente closed the show holding her own message with the quote, “All we need is love” and won the audience over.
Kathy Heyndels’s ‘Spectrum’ celebrated the Earth and its colors including sun yellow and sea blue. The collection featured romantic and feminine dresses as well as suits.
MK by Marios
MK by Marios presented its ‘Luna Park/ Dark’ collection rife with metallic fabrics, colorful sequins. The prints were some of the most unique features of the collection, accentuated with their theatrical style, alongside rare headpieces.
Irene Angelopoulos presented her collection ‘Road-tripping to Freedom’ SS’22 abundant with vivid colors, airy dresses, cool combinations but also unique haute couture creations that characterize the workplace of the designer.