Greek fashion designers Deux Hommes, Loukia, Sotiris Georgiou and Eleni Kavvada took part in the fashion event ‘Hautes Grecians’, an event that aims to highlight Greek craftsmanship, know-how and couture.
The sixth edition of ‘Haute Grecians’ took place on June 1st, 2022 on the seafront at the Stone Warehouse in the Port of Piraeus, a former warehouse converted into an atypical exhibition space. In addition to the two couture brands Deux Hommes and Loukia, the two young talents Sotiris Georgiou and 240791 by Eleni Kavvada also presented their collections at the ‘Haute Couture Show’.
Grigoris Triantafyllou and Dimitris Alexakis, the designers behind Deux Hommes, expressed a relaxed Mediterranean elegance – in their collection they showed flowing long dresses that were colourful, flowery and shimmering. Set to the music of ‘Chariots of Fire’, a tribute to the recently deceased Greek composer Vangelis, Atelier Loukia, who have been in couture for 40 years, showcased their expertise in chic and glamour.
The young generation of Greek creatives, represented by Sotiris Georgiou and Eleni Kavvada in the Haute Grecian, has broken away from this summery aesthetic and presented more atypical collections. Georgiou explored the infinite potential of drapery by exploring modern versions of the ancient Greek wardrobe. Even more unusual is the designer Eleni Kavvada, who expresses an extraordinarily creative signature with her brand 240791 – she deconstructs silhouettes and creates new forms by adding expansive fabric constructions.
A tribute to designer Sophia Kokosalaki
Sophia Kokosalaki, who died in 2019, is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable faces of Greek couture. Between 2006 and 2007 she worked as director of the French fashion house Madeleine Vionnet. Haute Grecian 2022 showcased dresses from Kokosalaki’s personal collection, including older creations and bespoke one-offs.
Alongside the collections there was also an exhibition called ‘All you need is Greece’, curated by conceptual artist and designer, Caroline Rovithi, as art director for ‘Hautes Grecians 2022’. Her interactive project was inspired by the color of the sea.
This article was previously published on FashionUnited.fr. Translation and editing: Barbara Russ