By Diane Small
If you were a young designer in love with nature, what would you create? This is the question that Bozena Janowska asked herself when she was labouring away on her debut collection.
She decided to produce something that would use fashion as a platform to express one of her key concerns: the decline of the honeybee. She expressed this worry with a dress that takes the theme quite literally – it’s a black and yellow striped number – but also by pairing up with a charity, Bug Life, which is working to save the bees. Bozena will donate 3% of all sales of her first collection to the charity.
Why the bee? “After watching Vanishing of the Bees, one of the most compelling environmental documentaries I’ve seen, I decided that I had to make the honey bee the basis of my first SS18 capsule collection and raise awareness of their plight. One out of every three bites of food we take is thanks to the bee. We rely on them for a healthy environment and economy. If bees ceased to exist, we would no longer have strawberries, avocados, apples, almonds, coffee…and the list goes on,” she says.
But being a nature lover and a young woman concerned for the planet’s future, she also ensured that each piece in the collection was crafted to a high standard using only all natural, luxurious fabrics, such as silk and organic cotton. Additionally, the Polish born designer who now lives in London made sure all of her textiles were manufactured in her current place of residence.
Bozena is an up and coming designer, but her style is already distinctive: affirmatively feminine, boasting ruffles, pleats and wrap dresses that hug and highlight curves, yet also modern, with her unusual choice of monoblock colours that ostensibly clash, but somehow work together. Think: burgundy paired with pistachio and gold; tangerine with blush pink and orange with red and blue.
But what stands out most of all for us is the detailing – slashed fabrics reveal colour pops underneath; a gold ring atop an exposed zipper shuts a delicately constructed jumpsuit, and strategically placed fringes on a skirt highlight the curve of the hip, for example.
Bozena has vowed to work with a different charity for every collection she creates, and we’re watching this young woman, not only for her solid commitment to ethics, but for her clear talent for creating delicately wearable fashion that’s destined to live in a woman’s wardrobe for seasons to come.
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