Even though Poznań doesn’t have its own Fashion Week like Łódź or Warsaw, it suffices to have a look at how many events connected with fashion, design, and innovations happen here to know it has a lot to say in the field!
One of the most important annual events of this type, the already announced on our blog – Art & Fashion Forum, had its final gala on Saturday, October 18th. We attended the gala, as well as other inspiring events organized as part of the AFF. Here’s our account of the most interesting parts of the forum’s program prepared specially for you!
It’s been the eighth edition of this unusual event initiated by Grażyna Kulczyk, the art collector, lawyer, and the richest businesswoman in Poland. AFF is an open platform for education and inspiration organized annually in Stary Browar in Poznan.
Chic Geek was the theme of this year’s edition which gathered unique specialists and panelists from all over the world; young, creative participants of New School’s workshops as well as the interested audience who took part in Open University. Among the many renowned figures, it was possible to meet Bradford Shellkammer - the festival’s curator, Julie Deane - the founder of The Cambridge Sathel who delivered her inspiring story, as well as listen to Manuel Diaz’s presentation on the working of his authorial project “Karl Lagerfeld Digital Retail Experience” and talk to the first human cyborg, Neil Harbisson.
In Stary Browar’s atrium we were looking at the work of workshops’ lucky participants who had had to go through a very demanding and exhausting selection process. We were admiring the results of their creative efforts. They were merging the newest technological innovations with pattern-designing, photography, video, and fashion, under the supervision of the eminent mentors. The winners were selected during the final gala and awarded necklaces designed by Anna Orska and, most importantly, summer school scholarships at the prestigious Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design in London.
The worldwide final of the Global Fashion Battle, the international battle of start-ups, also took place that evening, and the best fashion application was selected. The last stage of the competition had been preceded by “mini battles” in different parts of the world with the propositions from New York, London, Poznan, and Paris making it to the finals. And it was the French idea of Clother that appealed to the judges the most.
However, it was not the end of the attractions! During the last weekend of the event, young designers fair New Market was held. In addition, it was possible to appear on a cover of a famous fashion magazine ELLE, have oneself photographed in 3D or find out the intricacies of 3D printing.
The works created during the workshops will be exhibited at the level zero of Stary Browar’s passage until October 31st. There’s still a chance to get there and have a look! We are going to eagerly follow the future of AFF winners….their names will surely become famous!