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Colombia hosts evolution-themed fashion week

Thursday, May 09, 2013 - 01:02

May 9 - An eclectic mix of fashion melding themes of light, sleep and the 70's hit the runway. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Fashionistas took a whirlwind tour through time on Tuesday (May 7) as designers from all over the world displayed their Autumn-Winter 2013/14 creations at Colombia's Fashion Week, under the theme "Evolution". Designers from the Netherlands, the United States, Colombia and Estonia took part in joint a runway show called "Plataforma B 'Evolucion'" sponsored by the Gilberto Alzate Avendano Foundation to showcase garments made with revolutionary materials and interactive designs. Dutch designer Maartje Dijkstra displayed a performance project called "Obstruction". According to Dijkstra, the dress is intended for a dancer and questions the advancements of technology by playing with illumination. When the dress is in the light, the dancer has free range of motion. But in shadow, sticks emerge from the folds, impeding the dancer's movement. And models were dressed to snooze as U.S. designer Forrest Jessee unveiled his "Sleep Suit," made to challenge the idea of personal space in relationship to the human body and its surrounding environment. It is a full body suit created from a web-like pleated structure of specially formulated foam called EVA. The design of the cut fabric wraps easily around the body of the user and adapts to whatever position they are taking a nap in. Jessee explained that the idea pushed the limits of fashion for him. "For me the project is interesting as an art project and really what it talks about the play of architecture and other disciplines in fashion. For me that is the interesting part, it is this hybrid creation," he said. The show also brought fashion mavens back to the disco era. The Pepa Pombo fashion house presented their new collection "Diva Retro" inspired by relaxed designs from the 1970s, with a focus on the elegance and style of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The cosmopolitan collection presented designs for women who travel frequently centering on the waistline using materials such as rayon, viscose and lycra in shades of black, beige, emerald green, lemon green, bronze, pale pink, red, orange and grey. Designer Dario Cardenas presented a collection inspired by the dreams of children called "Los del norte y los del sur" (Those from the north and those from the south) aged from 4 to 8 years-of-age from different social classes. The children painted what they feel would be an ideal world using crayons. These drawings were reinterpreted by Cardenas and mixed with classic art images. According to organisers, the three-day Circulo de la Moda hopes to attract 24,000 people at the Parque de la 93 to the north of Bogota.

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Colombia hosts evolution-themed fashion week

Thursday, May 09, 2013 - 01:02

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