Highlights ”New Designers Awards” 2016 in Athens #AXDW

Nobody gets you closer to the backstage action at fashion shows than La Moda Channel. Athens Xclusive Designers Week is one of the most interesting fashion weeks to attend – the whole event is essentially packed into four days. We arrived one day before, got ready, and there we were: ready for four days full of shows, events, meetings etc. How exciting is that? Even more so when it is your first time there, like it was for me! Since my phone didn’t work without WiFi (hello technology), Iro Karadimou, the Executive PR and her great sense of direction helped me a lot and we still managed to attend everything and (almost) always on time. One of the most important day was dedicated to ”New Designers Awards” and because we love emerging designers and their workaholic sense we’ll see exclusive pictures by La Moda Channel  and what you need to know about the future talents of Greece:

Photo Credits: @lamodachannel

New Designers Awards is an institution that offers the opportunity to new talents to present their work to the fashion crowd and public, while competing for 3 important awards: Best Catwalk, Best Trend-Setter and Best New Designer.

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The participants presented mini collections of 10 outfits each, in groups of 3 designers per show and they were judged by a respectful jury of established fashion designers, buyers and fashion media representatives from Greece and abroad.

Model on backstage at Valia Kastrouny | Photo Credits: @lamodachannel

After ten years old the New Designers Awards has fast become one of fashion’s most prestigious competitions in Eastern Europe. This brings the breaking news of 2016’s finalists, whittled down from a shortlist of nine emerging designers.

Backstage Ioannis Roumeliotis – Best Trend Setter #AXDW 2016 | Photo Credits: @lamodachannel


 Ioannis Roumeliotis’s name is deeply connected with every aspect of contemporary art, from direction, fashion design, graphic design, interior and exterior architecture to performance art, photography, video art, experimental and fiction film. With Bachelors and Masters of Arts as well as scholarships at reputable universities of the world’s metropoles such as Berlin University of the Arts (Universität der Künste, UdK), California Institute of the Arts (CalArt), London and Seoul, Ioannis returns to his mother-country to give another form to his ideas, dreams and personal beliefs, transubstantiating his creativity into high quality clothes, accessories and other fashion objects, covering the contemporary body with art pieces. Mad TV announced him as the ‘Best New Greek Fashion Designer’ in 2015 and at the Madwalk event organized by the channel, Ioannis presented one of the most talked-about and innovative acts of the night.

Winner Best Trend Setter #AXDW 2016


Backstage Ioannis Roumeliotis – Best Trend Setter #AXDW 2016 | Photo Credits: @lamodachannel 
Backstage Valia Kastrouny – Finalist ”New Designers Awards” #AXDW 2016 | Photo Credits: @lamodachannel

The designer Valia Kastrouny was born on the island of Paros.  From a very young age she loved art and found ways to express herself through fashion design. During her studies in photography and audiovisual arts at the Technological Educational Institute of Athens, she was given the opportunity to attend a semester of Fashion Design in the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia in Italy.

Backstage Valia Kastrouny – Finalist ”New Designers Awards” #AXDW 2016 | Photo Credits: @lamodachannel
Fun with a model on backstage at Valia Kastrouny #AXDW 2016 | Photo Credits: @lamodachannel
Backstage Valia Kastrouny – Finalist ”New Designers Awards” #AXDW 2016 | Photo Credits: @lamodachannel
Backstage Athens Designer – Best Catwalk #AXDW 2016 | Photo Credits: @lamodachannel

Athina Karatzogianni, inspired by the Greek folk art and tradition and especially by the Greek traditional costume, Athena through research on Greek folk techniques is creating garments, mixing them up with the techniques of embroidery and modern clothing production. Starting point of her collections is Greek tradition worked with contemporary elements.

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Best Catwalk ”New Designers Awards” #AXDW 2016 | Photo Credits: Studio Panoulis

But let’s see the guide to 2016’s finalists at New Designers Awards at Athens Xclusive Designers through Studio Panoulis’s perspective:

Best New Designer: Vicky Panetsou 

Vicky Panetsou is 30 years old and she lives in Thessaloniki. She wanted to occupy with the fashion design from a very young age. She attended fashion design and History of Art courses. Her inspiration is the theater and the cinema and over recent years she engaged in Digital Fashion Design.

Photo Credits: Studio Panoulis

Pinelopi Ralli

Α new talented designer that studied fashion design and in the summer 2016 she has made her first collection with swimming costumes and beachwear. The prints of fabrics are entirely hers, stamped and seamed in Greece. She keeps an atelier at Kolonaki square and she has e-shop with her collection on chosen clothes shop.

Photo Credits: Studio Panoulis

Marianna Damianou

 The designer, born in Cyprus, studied Education Studies at the Liverpool John Moores University and got her Master’s degree at the Leeds University. She practiced her teaching skills for a year but her passion for creativity and the fashion world led her to AKTO School of Design in Athens, to study Fashion Designer. She loves embroideries, lace, airy fabrics and her innovation is to emphasize the feminine silhouette.

Photo Credits: Studio Panoulis


In ancient Greek mythology Nymph (Nymphē) was a female deity of nature typically associated with a particular landform. Different from goddesses, nymphs were generally regarded as divine spirits who animated nature, and were usually depicted as beautiful, young maidens who love to dance and sing; Valia Georgiadi is the Greek designer behind Nymphē swimwear brand and she studied Architecture in the Polytechnic School of Patra; then went to London for a Master in Arts, in the Architectural Association of London. Simultaneously she attended Graphic Design courses at the famous Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London as she strongly believes that an architect should have a global view in the field of aesthetics and artistic expression.

Photo Credits: Studio Panoulis

Argiro Kalliafa

The designer was born in 1991 and raised in Messolonghi. From 2008 to 2011 she studied Marketing and at the same time Fashion Design in AKTO. Her first professional recognition came in 2010, in the second academic year of college, when she took part in an international contest, organized by the company “Triumph”, where her sketch was distinguished among the 25 best designs. Argiro is working for Toi&moi, one of the best greek fashion companies.

Photo Credits: Studio Panoulis 

Matina J Skarou 

The designer, 23 years old, launched her second womenswear collection ‘LIGHT FOS’. Matina is specilised in Textile Print Design with works ranging from print to illustration to pattern cutting to womenswear design to knitwear. In 2014, Matina graduated from the three year BA (Hons) Fashion Textile course at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. For the following year Matina remained in Central London where she worked as a part of the studios of Claire Barrow and Zoe Jordan. In 2015 Matina returned to her home city of Athens, Greece, where she began work on her own label and launched her first womenswear collection ‘AYLON’. She went on to collaborate with the Foundation of the Hellenic World Centre (HWC) to create Scarves and a collection of Clutch bags, Winter 2015. The Clutch bags are currently stocked at the HWC and the B&M Theocharakis Foundation.

Photo Credits: Studio Panoulis


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Campaign Spring Summer 2016 Catch Michelle – ”Dream Seller”

”Dream Seller” – Campaign Spring Summer 2016 Catch Michelle

Photographer: Matteo Bertolio Fotografo
Post Production: Sprint Production Agency Milano
Models: Vanessa Doria – Wave Management Agency Milano 
Kristina Zuborova – Earthquake Agency Milano
Make Up/Hair Style: V)Or Makeup by Valeria Orlando
Art Director/Designer: Mihaela Teleaga
Production: The Secret Code Of Fashion
Casting Director: Myra Postolache

Location: ‪#‎CanClaudia‬ #Formentera #TSCOF

InterView with Baron Wolman – Rolling Stone’s Chief Photographer – ”Mixing business with pleasure from ’65”

Diamond : Baron Wolman
Art Field : Photography
Official Website : www.fotobaron.com
Likes : beauty, natural women, magic, love, bliss, garden
The Secret Code
”In every aspect of my life, My “Secret Code” lies in the pursuit of beauty
and harmony, and of practicing generosity and compassion.”
by Baron Wolman
Photography is no different to music. We see an image, even if it’s of something we’ve never seen before, emotions stir, large or small, and we rate that image based on  emotions.
Every single image we look at conjures an emotion in us, and it’s my belief that the best photographers in the world are those who are most accurate at evoking the emotions they want in other people. Some may not know they are doing it consciously. Photographers capture a scene and they know it’s a good one because they themselves will feel that ‘click’ that we often talk about when things come together. Those who post-process will play with an image until, again, those emotions click into place.
Navigating down the dark alleys of my mind, talking to Baron Wolman and looking for adventure generally evoked in me a sense of safe-fantasy, if that makes sense. I simply can’t explain it.

Well Diamonds Baron Wolman, great soul and amazing man, is an American photographer best known for his work in the late 1960s for the music magazine Rolling Stone, becoming the magazine’s first editor of photography from 1967 to 1970.  Because of Wolman’s virtually unlimited access to his subjects, his photographs of Janis Joplin, the Rolling Stone, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix, Iggy Pop, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison (Uh…) and other musicians were the graphic centerpieces of Rolling Stone’s

InterView with Baron Wolman Photographer
Myra : Let’s share some secrets about your passion: photography. The most
important moment in the history of your passion.
Baron Wolman : The moment I first picked up a camera and looked through the viewfinder, I
somehow understood that with photography I could create my own unique life.
Myra : The first time you were allowed to go on stage as a photographer for a
band was surely a significant moment. Can you describe the emotion?
Baron Wolman : Ecstasy. A super high.  A natural high.  A supernatural high.  Being on
stage with the Jimi Hendrix Experience was magical; I was “in the zone” and
felt as if I was a member of the band.  The photos from that session were
unexpectedly successful, one after another.
Myra : Your favorite emotion to photograph is…? Why?
Baron Wolman : My favorite emotion is not really an “emotion.”  Rather it is the moment
when a subject gives me his or her own personal emotion, direct from his or
her soul, something for me and my camera alone.  That is my favorite
Myra : Describe the love between your childhood and music.
Baron Wolman : At home there was always music on the radio.  But strangely it was only
classical music chosen by my mother.  It was not until I was in high school
that I began to listen to the music of the moment.
Myra : The most important thing in your life is…?
Baron Wolman : Beauty and harmony guide my life.  In the Garden of Eden there were beauty
and harmony; it was the natural order.  We humans polluted the Garden.  In a
world now filled with darkness, sadness, struggle, and tragedy, we must
diligently seek beauty and harmony to keep the light of life burning

Myra : Were there any photographers who inspired your own work?

Baron Wolman : Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Cartier-Bresson and the many Magnum
Myra : Describe in some words your feeling, like photographer, about a woman
before your camera.
Baron Wolman : The joy of photographing a lovely woman cannot be described in words.  It is
infinite mental and spiritual bliss because, again, it touches upon the dual
notions of beauty and harmony which mean so much to me.  In my photographs
of women I search for visual answers to the enduring questions of life.
Myra : You cross art photography, commercial and editorial. Is there one you
enjoy most?
Baron Wolman : Commercial pays the bills.  Editorial involves me with life.  Art is the
expression of my creative soul.  Each is enjoyable in its own way, each is
fulfilling, each reminds me why I became a photographer.
Myra : Your favorite accessory, other than your camera?
Baron Wolman : My subject: itself, himself, herself, themselves.
Myra : What do you feel is the most challenging thing about photographing
Baron Wolman : For artists in the moment of performance, the challenge is to capture one
instant that reflects in a single photograph both the great joy of
performing and the great talent of the musician.  For artist portraits the
challenge is to create a trusting situation where the artist will reveal
his/her true self to me and my camera.
Myra : Italy loves you very much and singer Arianna Antinori is a symbol for
us. What do you think about her love for Janis Joplin and her work.
Baron Wolman : Arianna has the passion of Janis.  Arianna has the soul of Janis.  Arianna
has the spirit of Janis.  Arianna has the talent of Janis.  Arianna is the
reincarnation of Janis Joplin.  Arianna is an Italian treasure.

Arianna Antinori

Myra : The most important moment of the day in your life?
Baron Wolman : When I wake up in the morning and discover that I am still alive.
Myra: The most beautiful photo by Baron Wolman?
Baron Wolman : The one I will take of Diamond Myra.
Myra : If you could live anywhere on this beautiful planet where would you
build your dream?
Baron Wolman : I find beauty everywhere.  When I find beauty, it is there I would like to
live, if only for a few days, weeks, months, years.  I have already built my
dream and I live it every day: look at my photos!
Myra : Is there anybody you would love to photograph?
Baron Wolman : Not “anybody.”  Everybody!  As you can tell, I am fascinated by women.  I
love them, I love their minds, I love their bodies, I love their smells, and
I love to photograph them.
 Myra : Your dream for the next years?
Baron Wolman : For the next years – and I don’t have many years remaining – my dream is to
travel and spend time with the people I love.  And, of course, to continue
to make pictures.
Myra : You’re a rider on the storm?
Baron Wolman : When he recorded this song, Jim Morrison had already decided that he was
going to go to Paris, where he would die.  I have no plans to go to Paris.
I have no plans to die.  But, of course, I will do both: go to Paris again,
and die, as we all must.
Myra : Do you have any tips for our future music photographers and artists out

Baron Wolman : Stay with your passion.  Remember it is not about money, it is about art, it

is about self-expression, it is about finding the essential “you.”  Life is
short.  As Joseph Campbell advised, “Follow your bliss.”
Myra : Describe the most beautiful woman for you.
Baron Wolman : Every woman is beautiful in her own way.  Some have exterior beauty.  Some
have interior beauty.  Some are blessed with both.  My love of all women is


Follow your secrets, follow your dreams…

Special Thanks to Baron Wolman Photographer


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