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POLE POSITION: Warsaw Calling represented the Polish contingent of British Fashion Council’s International Designer Showcase of emerging designers from 30 odd countries from around the globe. The quorum featured Kaaskas, Zofia Ufnalewska, Ewa Stepnowska and a collaboration between Joanna Wawrzynczak and shoe designer Piniak with a handcrafted, textile-based aspect uniting their designs.

Kaaskas’ collection of printed floral separates and jackets with circular pocket detailing draws inspiration from the photography of William Eggleston. “It’s all about print and color,” said Kasia Skorzynska, who designs the label with sister, Julia Skorzynska-Slusarek. Their love of color stems from time spent living in Brazil with their diplomat mother.

Ufnalewska’s heavy embroidered outerwear looked to the traditional capes of Hungarian shepherds, while sporty striped dresses by Joanna Wawrzynczak and fabulous monochrome boots by Piniak winked to the post-modernist architects Memphis Milano.

Best in show was Stepnowska, who presented her graphic swimwear line with colorful sporty jackets and skirts. A bomber jacket and pencil skirt saw textiles braided through plastic netting — a technique she developed herself — and a coat was constructed from mesh bonded onto wool. Her inspiration? Polish football uniforms from the Thirties.

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