by Viktorija Martinenaite
The 26th Riga Fashion Week kicked off on March 28th. Local and international fashion designers presented their Autumn-Winter 2017 collections. Riga Fashion Week is organised by the Baltic Fashion Federation and takes place twice a year. Aspiring to become an international fashion event, RFW is still a very commercial gathering. Fortunately, there is a good selection of Latvian and neighbouring Baltic States designers.
For AW17 Riga Fashion Week was opened by the Georgian brands DALOOD and MARIAM GVASALIA as well as by the Estonian brand KAT. This season, a total number of 35 fashion designers participated at RFW. The schedule also included several fashion events including a presentation by the Lithuanian designer Julia Janus.
To find out what is it like at the Latvian fashion week, we spoke with a beautiful fashion model Vinita Vilcane from MOON Models. Her career as a model started at RFW in 2007, Ms Vilcane knows all ins and outs of the Latvian fashion industry and has agreed to give her insights and share her favourite Latvian designers with Fashion Bloc readers.
Fashion Bloc: Can you compare RFW to other Fashion weeks?
Vinita: I think RFW is a great place for new aspiring models to make their first steps in this industry and have some experience before stepping into the big fashion world. There is competition at RFW but in the bigger cities, it is much more fierce and stressful. Riga Fashion Week has grown a lot throughout the years and is becoming more and more renown but there is still a lot of room for improvement.
FB: What shows did you do this year?
Vinita: This year I walked for designers Katya Katya Shehurina, Anna Led, Amoralle and Nolo.
FB: Do you have a favourite Latvian designer?
Vinita: I think I like them all, I admire people who do what they love. Some of my favourites are MCouture, One Wolf, Anna Led. A stand out this year was Nolo – I love their energy, fearlessness and attitude. Participating in their show is always so exciting – you never know what to expect. Also, I always thought that if I get married I would love to be in a Katya Katya Shehurina dress.
Photo credit Riga Fashion Week – Mark Lytniakov.