Like many Eastern European countries, Poland is turning over a new leaf. Its capital, Warsaw, is quickly becoming a dynamic cultural hub, even if strong contrasts between past and present persist. Fashion offers a prime example: While a new generation of hipsters snaps up current Western trends — capes, nerd glasses and bold colors for an underground look — many others are partial to Polish tradition, opting for outfits in shades of gray and military uniforms.
This story first appeared in the January 6, 2012 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.