The seventh edition of Serbia Fashion Week was held this past November in the charming city of Novi Sad, named the European Capital of Culture for 2021. One of the most established fashion weeks from the Balkan region, we had the pleasure to discover the collections of renown local designers like Bata Spasojević, Boško Jakovljević, Mladen Milivojević Baron and Vasilije Kovačev to international talents like Eymeric François (France), Carmichael Byfield (Netherlands), Mr. Triple X (USA), Sarah Jessy Jones (Argentina), Catch Michelle (Romania), and Branko Popovic (Netherlands).
The fashion week did not only consist of runway shows, attendees were also treated to a variety of other events including seminars from industry professionals, showrooms, pop-up stores, exhibitions, a Young Designer’s showcase, the EFTDC and FTDC awards as well as the second edition of Serbia Fashion Film Festival. Organized by Svetlana Horvat, the fashion week was attended by a handful of special guests including the iconic Anna Fendi and Donald Potard, concluding with the annual Serbia Fashion Awards held at the French Embassy in Belgrade. Here are some of our favorite highlights from Serbia Fashion Week below.
Hailing from The Netherlands, Branko Popovic is a designer and co-founder of FASHIONCLASH Festival held annually in Maastricht. For Serbia Fashion Week, he presented « Best of Both Worlds » in which he explored the dynamic of living between two cultures, mixing avant-garde with nostalgia to create a bold, contemporary menswear collection. Focusing on a black and white palette, we saw oversized coats and bomber jackets paired with t-shirts and trousers that were intricately constructed with individual strips of cloth.
Young designer Ana Vasiljevic showcased a minimal yet striking collection entitled « Limitless » that emphasized on structure and abstract forms. Modern yet sporty silhouettes were elevated by touches of bright yellow and cool blue. Geometric necklaces and uniform-like leather baseball caps obscured models’ faces, giving an edginess to the feminine collection.
Celebrated Serbian designer Bosko Jakovljevic presented a strong collection of menswear that was not afraid to be bold. Casual urbanwear pieces like long hoodies, asymmetric sweaters and metallic trousers were presented alongside more chic blazers and jackets. His love for florals prints on masculine silhouettes continued with pops of bright colors in scarves and modernly tailored suits.
The Fall/Winter 2016/17 collection of renown French haute couture designer Eymeric François was quite a beauty to behold. Entitled « Legends », elegance was served up in spades as models floated down the runway in delicate gowns made from a myriad of shimmering fabrics. Beautifully-tailored blazers with embellished shoulders and belted waists were also present, allowing the collection to showcase another element of classic sophistication.
With one of the biggest collections at Serbia Fashion Week, acclaimed designer Bata Spasojevic showed off a wide range of inspirations which notably includes his stylish octogenarian muse Tamara Plakici giving millennials a run for their money. His audacious designs for both men and women experimented heavily with mismatched materials, haphazard construction and a vivid range of patterns that made his collection of the most-anticipated ones of the whole week.
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Another highlight of Serbia Fashion Week was their keen focus on up-and-coming designers from the Balkan region and the rest of Europe. We discovered a handful of menswear designs at the group show « Heroes with Oscar Wilde Heart » while the following day we were introduced to the talented finalists of the EFTDC (European Fashion Talent Design Competition).
Runway photos by Svetlana Braun