Hard wear

Tel Aviv Fashion Week kicks off with leather and hardware

Event’s sixth year brings designer Alon Livne and his models to the runway

Tel Aviv Fashion Week 2018 opened Sunday with a show by designer Alon Livne, who regularly creates one-of-a-kind looks for Beyonce, model Naomi Campbell, Paris Hilton and others.

Livne’s models paraded down the runway in lots of leather, platform shoes, thigh-high boots and hardware, including hard-to-miss large gauge septum earrings designed by Efrat Cassuoto.

The New York-based designer, who graduated from Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, said he was inspired by the 1990s, David Bowie and the early 1980s and lots of rock and roll, fun and colors.

“The fabric was a combination of PVC, leather, lots of hardware, jewelries that we made especially for this collection,” he told the Associated Press.  “Each piece is individual, we only have one piece, we have lots of oversized jackets, some biker jackets with lots of hardware on it.”

The four-day Fashion Week is being held for the sixth time since 2011, and returned this year to the Tachana train station compound in Tel Aviv after several years at the city’s Gindi fashion mall.

The designers and brands showcasing their collections at Fashion Week Tel Aviv 2018 include Livne, the Shenkar fashion design department, veteran designer Dorin Frankfurt, Idan Laros, father-and-daughter designers Gideon Oberson and Karen Oberson, Maya Geller and other young, emerging designers.

This year the show partnered with several international brands, including Pandora, Yvel, G.R.A.S. jewelry and the Twentyfourseven clothing brand.

There is also a National Lottery competition for emerging designers that is open to the public (Monday, March 12, 6:30 p.m.) and a showroom of emerging designers open every day at the Tel Aviv train station compound.

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