Participants in the showroom due to be held within the program from 29.03 to 31.03 will exhibit their brand new fall-winter 2019/2020 collections for both a domestic audience and foreign guests at the event.
As members of the international association that is implementing the ‘United Fashion’ project, organizers of this year’s 19th edition of Fashion Weekend Skopje will welcome twenty-nine talented and promising names from the European fashion scene.
Apart from the host country, visitors to the biggest fashion event in the capital of North Macedonia, during the last three days of March have a unique opportunity to get closely acquainted with the work of designers and brands from Belgium, Germany, Portugal, France, Romania, Latvia, Estonia, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Kosovo.
The list of participants who will all together share their aesthetic vision for fall-winter 2019/2020 throughout the showroom includes: Andra Handaric (Romania), Arthropoda (N.Macedonia), Chic Utility (Romania), Concepto (Romania), Cristina Real (Portugal), Diana Arno (Estonia), Dragana Mihajlovic (Serbia), Ece Özalp (Turkey), Evgenija Zafirovska (Slovenia), Faulhaber Products (Germany), Hanfaz (France), Kokoro (Montenegro), Ksenija Kotev (N.Macedonia), Lila Style House (Bulgaria), Lommer (Greece), Marija Kulusic (Croatia), Marko Feher (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Mateyaneira (Croatia), MLS – Marie Laurence Stevigny (Belgium), n.d.c. made by hand (Belgium), Oh Suzy! (France), One Wolf (Latvia), Red Juliet (Belgium), Rosica Mrsik (N.Macedonia), Senem Unal (Turkey), Tanja Christiani (Germany), The Mannequin Collection (Greece), Toos Franken (Belgium) and Vesa Gruda (Kosovo).
The main goal of the ‘United Fashion SEE Showroom’ project in Skopje is to promote fashion designers from Southeastern Europe (SEE) to international buyers and media representatives, as well as to connect designers from the European Union with Macedonian factories. For this purpose, activities will include presentation of the SEE market by professionals in the industry, presentations from selected local manufacturers, visiting factories and meetings between participating designers and local producers.
In order to reinforce entrepreneurial creativity, innovation and to enhance business opportunities for European fashion designers and emerging brands, a two-day workshop ‘Creative concepts for the commercial demands of the industry’ is also scheduled. It will improve participants’ skills in making smart decisions for the demand of the contemporary fashion industry, plus finding the right balance between creativity and commercial aspects of the collection.
Besides Fashion Weekend Skopje, the European fashion industry support associations which take part in the ‘United Fashion’ project are: MAD Brussels Fashion and Design Platform (Belgium), Flanders DC (Belgium), ModaLisboa (Portugal), Baltic Fashion Federation (Latvia), Maison de Mode (France) and Fashion Council Germany (Germany).
‘United Fashion’ received support from the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.