London is home to international designers; this is obvious with the ever growing International Fashion Showcase. Today is the last day when you can still visit IFS at Somerset House, titled Local/Global this year.

Local Global IFS17 photo by Laura Gedvilaite
Local Global IFS17 photo by Laura Gedvilaite

Designers from 26 countries presented their work at individual country installations, Next in Line collective selection and a showcase sponsored exclusively by Mercedes-Benz. Sunday night, the industry has voted and selected the winners of the International Fashion Showcase.

Local Global IFS17
Local Global IFS17

The best designer was named Korean brand The Sirius, designer Younchan Chung; technical functionality must have made an impression on the jury. While the best International Fashion Showcase Country award goes to India, for their “The Indian Pastoralist” installation.

The Sirius at Korean Showcase IFS17 Photo by Laura Gedvilaite
The Sirius at Korean Showcase IFS17 Photo by Laura Gedvilaite
The Sirius at Korean Showcase IFS17 Photo by Korean Cultural Centre UK
The Sirius at Korean Showcase IFS17 Photo by Korean Cultural Centre UK
Indian Fashion Showcase at IFS17 Photo by Anna Kravinskay
Indian Fashion Showcase at IFS17 Photo by Anna Kravinskay
Indian Fashion Showcase at IFS17 Photo by Anna Kravinskay
Indian Fashion Showcase at IFS17 Photo by Anna Kravinskay

The Czech Republic, which won the first prize last year at IFS16 was also mentioned among the outstanding countries with a great designer selection. We do agree! The installation was not artistic, but the designer selection was most impressive.

Polish installation ‘Waste NOT’ received an award for the best curation, an award presented to Wojciech Dziedzic and Agnieszka Jacobson–Cielecka. The curation was an artistic installation of recycled, reused and reimagined fashion with the emphasis on up-cycling and slow living.

Polish Exhibition at IFS17
Polish Exhibition at IFS17
Polish Exhibition at IFS17
Polish Exhibition at IFS17
Polish Exhibition at IFS17
Polish Exhibition at IFS17

Among the above-mentioned countries and designers, we spotted some other brilliant installations and creators.

Fashion Bloc special mention goes to Ukrainian Alina Zamanova – that coat was one of the most frequent mentions on Instagram for #IFS. Her coat next to the other Ukrainian designers at the ‘Europa’ bus stop installation was a desert for the eyes.

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Ukrainian Fashion Showcase at IFS2017
Ukrainian Fashion Showcase at IFS2017

We also loved the ambience of the Egyptian installation – the bags were nice, and the atmosphere was super cosy.

Egyptian Exhibition at IFS17
Egyptian Exhibition at IFS17

The facial jewellery by Guatemalan designer Alexander Ayala was something completely different and unexpected, in a good way.

Alexander Ayala at Guatemala Showcase IFS17
Alexander Ayala at Guatemala Showcase IFS17

And the first prize for the best installation goes to (drumroll) Slovakia. Their interactive exhibition ‘Memory’ was a perfect playground. Each object, fashion item, light projection and sound was interconnected. The showcase was made for and individual experience allowing to enter the creative mind of each designer.

Slovakia Showcase at IFS17 Photo by Anna Kravinskaya
Slovakia Showcase at IFS17 Photo by Anna Kravinskaya

Read more about London Fashion Week AW 2017.