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Romanian-born designer recommended by the New York Times

With fashion month kicking off this week featuring shows by Gucci and Tom Ford, the New York Times also recommended some new designers and their debuting collections for spring-summer 2018, among whom there is also a Romanian-born designer, Andra Dumitrascu.

Born in Craiova, Romania, Andra Dumitrascu moved to Vienna to study and pursue fashion design. “Growing up in one of the most rigid and poor communist countries might have led to a natural obsession with clothes, products, concepts and consumption in general,” Andra Dumitrascu told NYT. She enrolled at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, but before graduating, she moved to Berlin to start a then-unlabeled concept shop as a platform for brands, designers and artists. (It is now Salbazaar, a popular boutique known to have introduced international designers to Berlin).

This season, Dumitrascu will be showing her spring/summer ’18 collection, titled “Kebaby,” during Paris Fashion Week. “I don’t really go anywhere in particular to find inspiration, it just comes along the way,” she said, citing influences as disparate as the design of a “Turkish food stand that had gone out of business” and “some crappy but beautiful looking Thai rings.” A liquid-like high-tech jersey in saturated colors, ultra lightweight running fabrics and heavy denims are some of the main materials being used for her collection.

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