Runway Recap: Nina Athanasiou at Nolcha Fashion Week: New York presented by RUSK SS14
Designer Name: Nina Athanasiou
Label Name: nina athanasiou
Background: The label was founded at the end of 2008. Ultimately, I found my way back to fashion in a roundabout way. After studying fashion design, I initially worked in different professions for a few years. For instance, I opened a bar after having worked as a freelance illustrator. Only after my two children were born did I return to fashion design and it became my ultimate passion.
Vision: To me, fashion is a means of communication. It gives us the possibility to express ourselves as individuals, to distinguish ourselves. Every morning, we decide how we want to be seen by others and dress ourselves accordingly. Fashion reflects our attitude, our interests, our personality and the time. It expresses desire and is a testimonial to the gift of human beings to reinvent themselves over and over again.
Signature style: The label attracts with its extremes: retro meets science fiction, straight lines give way to luxurious intricate detailing and cute surprises; silk is combined with leather. The style perfectly suits people who enjoy their identity as woman or man. It is always a fusion of old and new, evoking a mixture of an aviator feel with a slightly futuristic edge – very clean and strong silhouettes that secretly exude sex appeal.
Influence: Creative influence doesn’t just come to you and surely can’t be systematically applied or realized. It hits you rather unexpectedly, triggered by every day’s continuous and endless sources of inspiration. Whether it’s architecture, movies / theater, street life, street art or even travel or childhood memories. Quite often, materials can be an inspiring influence for a certain design – you only have to open your mind and be perceptive for everything that comes your way.
Brand philosophy: The materials used are always of high quality, mostly pure silk and calf skin or lamb’s leather, sometimes there are own motifs printed on fabric. Here, too, quality is of utmost importance, often inspired by past decades, but sometimes also by elements of the fetish scene. As far as the functionality of the pieces is concerned, it has hardly ever, or never been the main focus. My clothes should give you the possibility to express yourself as an individual, to give a nonverbal statement.
To view more of the Nina Athanasiou collection visit: http://nolchafashionweek.dphoto.com/#/album/7af2as
Nolcha Fashion Week: New York, founded by Kerry Bannigan and Arthur Mandel, is a leading award winning event held during New York Fashion Week hosting independent fashion designer runway shows.