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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Magnetic Pole

How many Polish fashion designers does it take to design a drop-dead gorgeous dress? In Ania Kuczynska's case, just one. Known for her discreet chic, hand-finished details and strong modernist streak, Kuczynska has Pole-vaulted to the top of the country's designer pool in five short years. Along the way, she's won the Polish Elle Style award for Best Designer, opened a store of her own and staged standing-room-only shows in Tokyo and Warsaw (which, if you haven’t heard, is the new Berlin).

Kuczynska is part of a new generation of designers taking Polish design in a fresh, progressive direction. And part of her appeal is that her aesthetic vision encompasses more than just clothes. Working together with photographer Szymon Roginski and producer-cum-DJ Sharif Zawideh, she constructs a mini-universe that, in addition to her collections, brings together campaigns, logo, lookbooks and show soundtracks.

For fall/winter ’09, she's taken her collection on the road. First stop, Berlin's emerging showroom showcase for young designers, projektGALERIE. After that, a round of showroom appointments in Paris, then her runway show in Warsaw. Keep an eye out for her designs in coming months—if all goes according to plan, they might be coming to a city near you.

By Sameer Reddy. Photos and assemblages by Szymon Roginski and Kasia Korzeniecka...

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