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The Jewish Chronicle - - FASHION -

Ear­lier this week saw TelA­viv Fash­ion Week re­turn for it’s fifth sea­son. Though Is­rael is not renowned for its tra­di­tional fash­ion sense, Is­raeli de­sign­ers do bring quirk­i­ness to street wear and have al­ways had a good rep­u­ta­tion for jew­ellery and swimwear de­sign. Since the par­tic­i­pa­tion in the past of guest de­sign­ers such as Roberto Cavalli and Mis­soni, TAFW has gained in­ter­na­tional in­ter­est. This year saw a wide range of both es­tab­lished and up­com­ing Is­raeli fash­ion de­sign­ers. Names to watch are cou­ture dress de­signer Chana Mare­lus for her fairy-like hand-em­broi­dered cre­ations. Keren Wolf for her dis­tin­guish­able vin­tage-in­spired ac­ces­sories. Flamingo for wear­able and funky chil­dren’s clothes and Idan Laros, who reg­u­larly dresses Bar Re­faeli and re­cently won the Promis­ing Is­raeli De­signer of the Year award in the Is­raeli Fash­ion Awards.

A spe­cial homage to swimwear brand Got­tex opened the event in cel­e­bra­tion of its 60th an­niver­sary. Got­tex still is one of Is­rael’s most fa­mous fash­ion la­bels. (Read about their in­spir­ing his­tory in next week’s Edge sup­ple­ment).

An­other high­light was the fash­ion show by stu­dents of Shenkar Col­lege whose Fash­ion De­sign de­part­ment has for the sec­ond time in a row been ranked within the top 10 in the world of busi­ness of Fash­ion.

So for all of you who are guilty of not giv­ing Is­raeli fash­ion a fair chance, you’re miss­ing out.

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