Fashion Soda Winter 2011/2012
Sketch Into Fashion Winter 2011/2012
Fashion Soda Autumn 2011
Fashion Pairs with Art at San Diego's Best
Sketch Into Fashion Summer 2011
Fashion Soda Summer 2011
Trend Report: Stripe It Right
Sketch Into Fashion Spring 2011
Fashion Soda Spring 2011
Haute couture fitting rooms ‐ A display of art
Fashion Rendezvous with Artisans
The Turban has its Fashion Moment
Sketch Into Fashion Winter 2010/2011
Fashion Soda Winter 2010/2011
The Fashion Film, Motion of the Fashion, Inspire Fall Winter 2010
Fashion Soda Fall 2010
Sketch Into Fashion Fall 2010
Fashion Soda Summer 2010
Sketch Into Fashion Summer 2010
Susan Olmetti's puzzlement and light. An abstract artist game of life
Reality Check, a short interview gag with Linda Drabova, contributor to Inspire magazine
Alexander McQueen, Inspire Spring 2010
Space Odyssey, Sketch Into Fashion
Fashion Soda Spring 2010
Sketch Into Fashion Winter 2009-2010
Fashion Soda Winter 2009-2010
Sketch Into Fashion Fall 2009
Fashion Soda Fall 2009
Sparkling Visionary, Sketch Into the Fashion
Fashion Soda for Summer 2009
Linda Drabova, Inspire magazine - interview
Encore Performances - In Dinning and Design
Savannah Act, Sketch Into the Fashion
Fashion Soda Spring Summer 2009
Ugly Betty and my styling on the cover of their MODE magazine
(aired on February 11, 2009)
Fashion Soda March 2009
Sketch Into the Fashion Spring 2009
The Chelsea Hotel
Fashion Soda Winter 2009
Fashion Soda Fall 2008
Kylie Bax - Woman magazine, interview and editorial
Fashion Soda Summer 2008
Fashion Soda Spring 2008
Fashion Soda Spring 2008
Race For Survival, fashion benefit event for Cheetah Outreach in South Africa, May 2008
Linda Drabova - Contributor
Slovak Fashion Night
Models.com Member Spotlight - Stylist Linda Drabova
Full of impressions from fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris, I was excited in visiting the country of my origin, Slovakia, and seeing the fashion there. I actually wanted to buy something interesting; something that I did not see in New York. After a week in a capital of Slovakia and to my disappointment, I was not inspired by anything new.
Slovakia, as any other city in the world, is influenced by world fashion. The internet is a medium and a tool to look for the latest fashion trends. Fashion news is spread through the world quicker than it used to. As a result, the latest in fashion is available just about anywhere.
During my stay in Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava, I saw on a mass level a numbers of skinny jeans and short bomber jackets. I was nicely surprised when I found skeleton designed T-shirts in the stores. That is my definite must-have for this spring. Shopping with my friends, I advised them on what to buy and how to put a bit of edginess to their look. One of them bought my favorite skeleton T-shirt. New designer shops are appearing in the city as the result of growing economic buying power.
Within the fashion differences between Bratislava and New York, I noticed large contrasts in color. New York has adopted black as the “it” color much quicker than Bratislava. My friends noticed and were surprised by my black outfits and asked if somebody had died in my family. Black within fashion relates to sorrow and sadness in Slovakia. I spoke with a friend, a professional model, who did confirm that while it has taken time, black was slowing becoming more of a fashion statement.
When comparing Slovakian beauty tips to American beauty tips, I would say that Slovak women are similar to American women. Long healthy hair is a signature to many women. As a whole, I was happy to come back to my “home” in New York, to once again watch people in Soho wearing the latest fashion in their creative personal style. New York remains one of the fashion capitals in the world.
European & American touch in fashion industry
Writing about Slovakian fashion time gave me an idea to bring near the differences between American and European (actually French) touch in fashion and luxury.
As I mentioned in one of my articles before, fashion is a style popular at a given point in time. It can be expensive at the beginning of the product cycle, but cheap at the end of the cycle.
Luxury by contrast can have different interpretations depending on specific markets. As for American definition, luxury can include prestige, class distinction and brand name recognition. For the French, luxury can include quality or tradition. As a common generalization, luxury items are rare in that they give the individual a feeling of something special. Historically, luxury products were exclusive, hand made and very expensive. The new age luxury has a higher yet still affordable price.
Fashion in the US is mainly about branding and comfort. Notably, the first sportswear companies emerged in the US. Branding, more exactly, includes the promotion of philosophy, value and atmosphere. American companies and brands promote emotional desires in setting up their products prior to actual distribution (i.e. advertising for Michael Kors, see picture below). It is a part of a prestige goal to make the consumer feel belonging to an elite social group.
The symbolic place of business, the boutique, dramatises the story behind product and life style. American fashion and luxury is about vision and status rather than a tangible product.
The US Luxury market is value driven. Products are more mass targeted while being more relatively affordable (ex: Dior sunglasses, Gucci sunglasses, Armani flip - flops). Companies are “forced” to look for cheaper production and material costs and have focused overseas (mostly in China and India). For example, contemporary designer Diane Von Furstenberg produces her collection in both China and India.Paris is the capital of fashion and the place of haute couture. French fashion is more about style and sophistication. During my studies in Paris I saw much more fashion variety in Paris versus New York. Paris is a really creative place. The first and mostly all haute couture houses were founded here. Fashion in France is about the product, quality and elitism. They highlight the know-how. In comparison to American designers, French designers and boutiques sell the product first as opposed to focusing on product image and lifestyle (i.e. big LV suitcases at Avenue des Champs-Elysées, see picture below). Paris or France represents classic luxury fashion. This luxury is still not meant to be for everyone. Tradition and innovation define the core of the French luxury. French luxury includes enhancing the beauty of material, creativity and the detailed work behind it. French designers, in contrast to Americans, like to make their products in France (ex: clothing with Made in France labels). They are not necessarily looking for cheaper solutions.
The French symbolic place of business is the workroom. In addition, the boutique is more of a place to display their designs rather than selling them.LV suitcases at Avenue des Champs-Elysées, Paris. So fashionable Bees, here is my advise. When you travel to Paris, look for something new that you have not seen yet in New York. Otherwise, everything that you see in New York will be definitely more expensive in Paris.
My Favorite Spring 2007 Trends
Minidresses are the renewed item this season, continuing an adaptation of 20th century trends. Designers translate this into either a romantic reminiscence or a bold / colorful futuristic style. (images courtesy style.com & elle.com)
Shiny and metallic fabrics are our companion already through a few seasons but new shapes and cuts are tailored. (images courtesy style.com & elle.com)
With internet blogs seeing through private lives, designers also have nothing to hide. (images courtesy style.com & elle.com)
My Favorite Fall / Winter 2007 Trends
Pencil skirts are a must in any color and fabric. They look elegant and are appropriate for work as well. (images courtesy style.com & elle.com)
As an animal lover, I welcome this trend a lot. It takes you away from bold trends. Just a look at one of these sweaters makes me feel warmer. (images courtesy style.com & elle.com)
An artistic piece of accessory makes a sleek, strict look more attractive. (images courtesy style.com & elle.com)