LJFW, Ljubljana Fashion Week is often about the pomp and circumstance of the runway. However, in the midst of model euphoria there was an amazing intimate exhibit, titled NE[S]KONČNO_NEIZBRISLJIV (trans. INFINITELY_INDELIBLE), dedicated to the late Slovenia based fashion designer – Zoran Garevski. It took place in the atrium of the city hall of Ljubljana, 20 – 24 September 2016.
Early evening I attended there were various close friends, people in fashion, young designers and admirers wandering its rooms almost absent minded whilst photographers were silently snapping moments from above. The mysterious dark ambiance with diagonal lines cutting through the room, dusky raw light bulbs hanging from the ceiling, and clothes raised higher from the ground brought the whole experience to a unique visual treat. Designs were simultaneously conservative, bold, the colour palette taken down to the perfect minimal, a strong vision showing through the form of creativity; a lot to take in but all came together beautifully.
Photo: Klemen Razinger / LJFW
A mixture of red long structured dresses, a simple camel coat, a grey pleated dress from his final collection, and the black coat with a unique tailored collar were just some of the pieces that stood out. But what do these designs tell us? They represent the universe of Zoran Garevski and everything that surrounded him. His sensitivity towards design translates in his clothes. A synergy between a straightened slim silhouette and a clean cut. While I believed it lacked a bio part of his early life, the essence of his work remained.
In the second room, equipped with the legendary Slovenian chairs Rex Kralj, there was a video projection of his runway shows clearly showing his dedication to minimalism. Zoran Garevski left us with an immense artistic legacy that will surely persist long after his death. His lifelong passion for clothes seized him and never let him go. The exhibition video came to an end with a glimpse of Garevski proud and bowing to the public. The end.