Alexa, Ioana, Gloria, Lucian, Sandra, myself, Oana and Ale, proudly wearing Romanian designers from Vestige
On Sunday evening, I attended the 2oth edition of Gala UAD, an event I was really looking forward to. The gala marks the graduation of Fashion Design students, 26 of whom presented small collections in front of an impressive audience. The event took place at the National Theater, a huge venue worthy of a fashion gala, and it was really neatly organized. Along with other 9 fashion bloggers, some of which are pictured here, I got to be part of a small jury to award a “passport to social media”. We observed all the collections and graded them, keeping in mind certain criteria such as originality, adaptability or viral appeal. Of course, it’s difficult to pick a favorite when there are so many people involved, but the winning collections were Lucian Rusu’s (“Radical of Image”, MA level) and Luis Drajan’s (“Me, Luis”, BA level) – see below for some samples:
Lucian Rusu’s collection featured both male and female models, with fabrics inspired by car upholstery and accessories crafted around broken bike wheels. “The concept of my collection, Radical of Image, is represented by bodily and mental fragmentation,” Lucian says in the description. “Radical of Image uses several contrasting images intended to recompose the beauty in a personal perspective.”
Luis Dragan designed a very personal collection, inspired by his own style and his generation (the narcissistic, individualist “generation me”, as he puts it). The menswear line featured very contemporary looks which one could easily imagine transported to the streets. “The clothing items displayed reflect my own dressed body typology in an attempt to reconstruct the look of possible wearers,” the designer mentions.
This year’s gala was marked by menswear, which I’d say is rather unusual in a space where the feminine form is so highly valued. I liked how (some of) the young designers weren’t afraid to work with unconventional colors and silhouettes – because I’ve had it up to here with all the black collections. So we’ve seen reinterpretations of voivodes (Sabina Pop), folklore (Georgiana Giuroiu), Disney (Vitos Ildiko) and 1950s housewives (Nazarica Bartos), all of which I’ve enjoyed and hope to see more of in the future.
Photos: Francisc Sandor, Liviu Ratiu, Sergiu Negrean for Gala UAD