Poland's Fashion Week just ended in Lodz (it's where I was born, by the way).
The shows were divided into two sets of presentations: Off Shows and Designers' Alley.
The Off Shows included Maldoror: - an up-and-coming design shop presenting their Asphyxiation line (F/W 2010). Vaguely reminiscent of Mr. McQueen's prowess, this design house includes the following statement in their manifesto:
(translated by me): "Real beauty lies in the unattainable".
Definitely raw and visceral, these creations betray a spirit of rebellion and non-conformism. They are not what I would chose to wear but I do appreciate them, and very much so, for their depth of vision, their form and play on texture.
The Asphyxiation line was presented in an old factory, further emphasising the organic, raw quality of its components.
Just a tiny sample of Poland's vibrant and talented design pool.