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Thought I’d share a few impressions from the latest edition of Mode Suisse, Switzerland’s primary fashion platform for established as well as up-and-coming designers.

Looks by Zurich knitwear label IAHAI

Looks by Zurich knitwear label IAHAI

Julian Zigerli

From Julian Zigerli’s latest collection

Audience

Of course, the people watching is also fun.

The cost of living being what it is in Switzerland, designers based here have an extra business hurdle to navigate, as I explained in a previous story: “Fashion industry explores ‘made in Switzerland’ dilemmas.”

So in case you want to support local talent, the Mode Suisse 9 Pop-Up store is open in Zurich until February 13, 2016.

 

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Kazu Huggler enjoys working with bold prints. (© Susan Vogel-Misicka, swissinfo.ch)

Kazu Huggler enjoys working with bold prints.
(© Susan Vogel-Misicka, swissinfo.ch)

Asian-inspired fashions are now an international trend, but a Zurich designer has been combining Japanese aesthetics and European elegance for years.

Kazu Huggler doesn’t try to be trendy. Having studied Japanese art and aesthetics, the Japanese-Swiss designer is more interested in creating clothing that is both beautiful and practical.

“For me it’s not about long sleeves or a wrap dress; it’s about how to transform the philosophy of wearing a kimono,” Huggler says. Click here to read the whole story.

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Scanning for knowledge at the Museum of History in Lucerne

With competition from social media and other online diversions, cultural attractions like museums must find innovative ways to keep the public’s attention. Swiss institutions are experimenting with new technology and special events.

“Swiss museums are trying to become more interactive – it’s only just starting,” notes Brigitte Schaffner. The course administrator for Basel University’s art management programme explains that local cultural institutions are, in part, taking a page from the book of their United States’ counterparts.

“Some museums, especially American ones, have been doing this for quite a while – using social media to let the public become a part of what happens in the museum and even part of the process of what’s exhibited,” she explains.

Click here to read the whole article at swissinfo.ch.

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Time flies in the Hall of Dreams (© BASELWORLD)

The world’s top watch and jewelry fair – featuring 1,815 exhibitors from 41 countries – has opened its doors in Basel. Now in its 40th year, Baselworld showcases the latest technology and designs over the course of a week. Click here to read the whole story.

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All sorts of tasty treats are for sale in the IM VIADUKT Markthalle.

The viaduct across Zurich’s industrial neighbourhood has been a landmark for more than century. Today, its arches shelter a variety of small businesses, making it a gourmet temple, funky shopping strip and cultural meeting point. It is also home to the city’s first covered market hall.

Click here to read the whole story, published in the December 2010 issue of Swiss News magazine:

http://www.swissnews.ch/art-culture-travel/bridging-the-gaps-in-kreis-5.html

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A look by Greek-born designer Mary Katrantzou, winner of the 2010 Swiss Textiles Award

While other cities have fashion weeks, Zurich has been making do with a single night. That changed this year when the city hosted its first Fashion Days. The four-day event has expanded to include a business forum, award presentations and seven blocks of fashion shows at the Puls 5 cultural center.

“Switzerland is quite known for design – in particular textiles and architecture. But it’s not like Italy or France, where you’re born with fashion in your blood,” said Erhard Schwendimann, Bally Shoe Factories’ area director for southern and western Europe.

Read the whole story here: http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/culture/Zurich_hosts_its_first_fashion_days.html?cid=28693590

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For serious bag ladies

The "flat hat" collection by bombdesign -- fun!

Picking a single handbag for a trip can be hard, and cramming a second one into your suitcase means sacrificing precious wardrobe space. Not so with the “flat hat” bag line from bombdesign.

Click here to read the rest of the story: http://mylittleblackbook.ch/en/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=190&Itemid=46

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