The following nine Greek fashion designers have some things in common – they're young, they're upcoming, and they're determined to prove to the world that Greece still has great style and fashion.
First on the list is Athina Korda. This Athen-based designer creates gorgeous, dark dresses. Her design philosophy is based on using clear cut lines and geometric patterns to create dresses that will flatter the female figure. They are also meant to redesign completely the person that's wearing them, creating an illusion of a different shape and look.
Apostolos Mitropoulos is not only a designer that's won plenty of awards – including the prestigious Madame Figaro award for best new Greek designer – he's also the current designer for the stars. He dresses celebrities, pop stars, and other elite, but at the same time, he is closely associated with the music industry, with a successful career as a disc jockey under his belt.
Rita Attala is next on our list. Creator of the cosmopolitan brand RATT, Rita is Greek-born but was raised in Lebanon. She brings a different flavor to her clothing line, designed for women who prefer style over mere fashion. Her distinctive designs show a strong preference for femininity with some figure-flattering geometrics.
Angelos Frentzos is one of the designers on this list who has already achieved international fame, having had designs featured in Japan's Kyoto Costume Institute as well as Victoria and Albert in London. He has also had catwalks in Milan and Paris, proving that his designs have both commercial success as well as technical impressing abilities.
Another internationally-famous designer is Romina Karamanea. Not only has her work been featured in such centers as Paris, London, Berlin, Milan, Russia and Athens, but she has also received praise from Versace and Isabella Blow. She is featured by boutiques with a progressive bent all over the world, and her designs have even been included in fashion books as examples.
More local designers include Stelios Koudounaris, an Athen-based designer whose conceptual and elegant work is often chosen by Greek celebrities to be worn at public events. His aim, to make women feel attractive, certainly pays off in terms of clientele.
Angelos Bratis is also originally from Athens, where he was raised in his mother's design studio. Later he shifted to the Netherlands, from where he started presenting collections internationally. His concern is draping, which he uses to set off his clientele's elegance in figure.
SOMF, a brand created by Olivia Efstathiou and Mariaflora P. Lehee, uses laser-cutting to make distinctive designs while also retaining Greek motifs to give their work a local flavor. They have both a local and international following in fashion magazines.
Another designer who keeps in mind Greek culture is Panos Apergis. His collections, which can be found all over the world, have been called ethnic because his designs are often deeply inspired by various cultures. His materials and fabrics are designed to make women feel elegant.
With so much talent bursting out from the Greek arenas, it's definitely worth it for fashionistas to keep an eye on the local scene.