November 26, 2015
By Marius Brianski
Images Courtesy of Mike Pasarella
Lodz, Poland – Winning a huge reality television show like Project Runway does not always mean the designer will produce a good collection. It simply means that you have not only the potential to make interesting contributions to fashion, but it also automatically means that people will want to hear your voice. And this brings us to the case of Vandis.
Designer Michal Zielinski won the second edition of the world-wide known TV competition franchise. For the Spring/Summer 2016 of his Vandis line, he presented a futuristic vision on women’s clothing, with some options for men too. But even with all the excitement surrounding Zielinski, that was not enough to come to the rescue of the collection.
The presentation started with options of poorly conceived shiny satin lingerie. The thing that one cannot comprehend are the pleats on the back of the garments. Their presence seems only to serve to deform the body rather than to embellish it. Another unusual element is the presence of the small straps of material hanging in some garments. Though there are some interesting touches like bondage inspired straps, there is yet not enough to draw the eye from many mistakes made due to poor basic construction. The dresses, tops, pants and jackets just do not frame the body well.
Later we have long black dresses with the same S&M touches inspired by the feeling of being tied up. These pieces and looks are a little better. Unfortunately it was still clear that the author doesn’t have a clear point of view on his work. This resulted in presenting one of the worst works during the Poland Fashion Week.