Berlin-based designer Nobieh Talaei was born in Tehran and studied fashion at Esmod in Berlin, forging her admiration for textiles with pure, archetypal form eventually founding her own company NOBI TALAI in early 2015. Her stages in merchandising, retail management and interior design enabled the development of her business which sells clothing on a journey between Occident and Orient inspirations.
Also, recently launching her own business, Odély Teboul defines her aesthetic with dark and strong feminine silhouettes reflected in sophisticated designs with attention to detail. Balancing eccentricity with sobriety, Teboul’s craftsmanship earned her several prizes within her generation of fashion designers, among them the European Woolmark Prize, the Dorchester Collection Fashion Award and the French German Prize for cultural businesses.
William Fan passed his bachelor’s program at the renowned art college Artez in Arnhem, Netherlands, followed by a position at the famed British couture house Alexander McQueen. Later, he entered a master’s program at the art college Berlin Weissensee, where upon completion, he established his self-titled label. Being of Asian descent, Fan distorts, composes, and interprets a Euro-Asian context in an elegant and calm manner with ageless, unisex styling. In fusing leather, pure new wool and silk, an interpretation of modern workwear comes to life, offering a high quality and functional wardrobe of classic tailoring and innovative materials. Referencing his Vogue Salon project, Fan commented “Swarovski certainly brings a whole new dimension to my creations and makes them very fluent in a way.”
A design duo, Rianna Nektaria Kounou and Nina Kuhn met inadvertently at a vintage furniture fair where the two realized they shared a passion for vintage fabric and vibrant prints. Each bringing their own inimitable talents to the table – Kounou’s deep understanding of fine fabrics and her creative and colorful background, and Kuhn’s business know-how having earned a master’s degree in Fashion and Design Management at the Bocconi University – the duo opened “Cabinet de Curiosites” RIANNA + NINA in Berlin-Mitte where they use exclusive vintage elements to create unique pieces. Speaking to the project’s abilities, the duo noted, “The Vogue Salon is a great platform that gave us the chance to present what we can do to a broader audience for the first time and the knowledge that we were entrusted with this opportunity gave us the self-confidence to know where we want to go with our work in the future.”
For inspiration and education, the designers visited Swarovski’s headquarters in Wattens, Austria where they could experience the brand’s rich history, culture and technological advancements firsthand, motivating the group to create truly one-of-a-kind, cutting-edge garments.
From Avant-garde to haute couture and even rock’n’roll, a wide range of design concepts came to fruition at the Vogue Salon Soirée in Schinkel Pavillon. Each designer exhibited a three to four-piece assortment of looks to the review of media, clients, buyers, and opinion leaders from the international fashion industry. Within each collection, a stimulating mix of rock n’ roll aesthetics met feminine ease through a fusion of clean lines, modernity, luxury, edginess, and elegance, eloquently demonstrating the versatility of Swarovski crystal application.