While Americans were eating turkey and giving thanks last week, local designers in Israel were showing their collections for the for first official Tel Aviv Fashion Week in 30 years. Dressed in his signature suit and sunglasses, designer Roberto Cavalli kicked off the over-the-top festivities with an encore showing of his Milan Spring 2012 collection, which included a heavy dose of bejeweled gowns.
The local obsession with all things fashion remained in overdrive well after his departure. Attendees — from Israeli housewives with the right connections to television celebrities to supermodels like Esti Ginzburg — clapped for their favorite runway looks, as well as associated props including belly dancers, Arab musicians and, in one case, rooster headdresses courtesy of menswear line Maurizio. We don’t think the headdresses will translate to international fashion, but a few notable designers caught our eye:
Tel Aviv’s efforts to establish itself as a global fashion center are getting support from one of the industry’s biggest names.
Italian designer Roberto Cavalli has accepted an invitation to attend Israel’s resurrected Fashion Week, set to run between November 21 and 24 in Tel Aviv. The hope is that the couture tycoon will help to draw top fashion writers and industry insiders from around the world. “Tel Aviv Fashion Week will give an international stage to the city’s designers,” said Moti Reif, a publicist for the event.
The four-day showcase marks the first Tel Aviv Fashion Week since the ’80s, and is viewed as an opportunity to add some additional glamor to Tel Aviv’s international reputation. Organizers will invest $7 million in the event, Israeli news site NRG reports, presumably in the hope that more major names will join Cavalli near the catwalk.