CULTURE


Leoni Mergen’s Karabakh Collection presented at London Fashion Week

London, February 20, AZERTAC

An event within the scope of the FASHION WEEK in London took place under the patronage and with the support of The European Azerbaijan Society Germany (TEAS).

The Berlin based young designer Leonie Mergen presented her "Karabakh Collection" which features the cultural heritage of Karabakh, an Azerbaijani region in the center of the South Caucasus.

With the rich cultural heritage of Azerbaijan as her inspiration, Leonie released her current collection, a series of pieces inspired by the traditional attire of Azerbaijan’s Karabakh region. The ensembles feature patterns reminiscent of the country’s famous tapestries, with signature necklines and sleeved capes making an appearance in both menswear and womenswear clothing. Azerbaijan’s legacy as a hub on the historical Silk Road and as a leader in horse breeding can be seen in Leonie’s designs, with equestrian-influenced leather accessories and sophisticated silk elements playing an essential role in her collection.

The collection was presented on the stage in 26 distinct looks while traditional Azerbaijani Mugam and instrumental music was playing in the background. Leonie Mergen’s unusual and intercultural as well as technically skilled approach was highly appreciated by the attendees. The audience was enthusiastic and celebrated the Karabakh Collection which represents a further milestone in the The European Azerbaijan Society’s continuous efforts to raise awareness about the ongoing occupation of Nagorno Karabakh by Armenian forces.

Within the Fashion Week Afterparty, Lionel Zetter, Director of The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) spoke of the essence of project and event.

Orkhan Ismayilov

Special correspondent

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