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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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Oryx, January 2012

Having worked in Zurich for a few years, I was glad for the chance to write about fun things to do there for Oryx, the inflight magazine of Qatar Airways.

I wrote the piece in English and it was translated into Arabic as well. You can read the English version here: Weekend Away, Zurich.
 
If you’re curious, check out page 16 of the online magazine to see a blurb about me on the “contributors” page.

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Prime property in Zurich (© Prime Tower Zurich)

 As the grand opening of Prime Tower in Zurich nears, it seems that skyscrapers are gaining acceptance in the Swiss landscape.

At 126 metres tall, Prime Tower is the highest building in Switzerland – followed by Basel’s 105-metre Exhibition Tower in Basel, which was built from 2001-2003.

Towers are “trendy”, observes Christian Zimmermann, head of undergraduate studies at Lucerne University’s school of architecture.
 
“There was a time when people vehemently rejected them – saying they weren’t good for a city’s image or its residents – but suddenly people are thinking of making a big investment in something that really stands out,” Zimmermann told swissinfo.ch.

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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Luxury escorts often receive gifts like shoes and bags. © Susan Vogel-Misicka

The sex trade is evident in some parts of Zurich, so much so that the city may erect garage-like “sex boxes” where streetwalkers can do their business more discreetly.

Yet this won’t be necessary for the city’s other breed of prostitute – the luxury escort. Unlike hookers, who stand in the cold waiting for a car to climb into, these women often meet their clients in fancy hotels.

Read the whole story here: http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/culture/Luxury_call_girls_hook_rich_clients_in_Zurich.html?cid=28528396

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