Monte-Carlo Fashion Week proudly announces runway debut of the Muzungu Sisters by Tatiana Casiraghi & Dana Alikhani

MCFW© the fashion event for emerging talents

The Monte-Carlo Fashion Week (MCFW©), organised by the Chambre Monegasque de la Mode, from June 1-3, 2017, under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco, promises a rich program with runway shows and presentations of resort and swimwear collections as well as pre-collections prêt-à-porter Spring/Summer 2018, premiering to the public and the media at the Fashion Village of Fontvieille in the glamorous Principality.

The MCFW©, grows in prestige with each new edition, and found its niche in the international calendar, as the fashion event featuring innovative creations by talented emerging designers coming from different countries and diverse ethnic backgrounds, in a lively multicultural exchange. Brands from Monaco, France, Italy, England, Russia, Greece, Hungary, Belarus, Cameroon (and the list is not exhaustive), provide a mix of styles, cultures and visions, in a successful combination of fashion, art and design.

Tatiana Casiraghi & Dana Alikhani present their ethical brand

Federica Nardoni Spinetta, President and Founder of the Chambre Monegasque de la Mode, is very honoured to announce the runway debut of the brand Muzungu Sisters launched in 2011 by Tatiana Santo Domingo Casiraghi & Dana Alikhani,  real supporters of ethical fashion.  The duo will be presenting their refined outfits and accessories produced by artisans from 16 countries in 4 continents, following millennial manufacturing local traditions.

Tatiana, the wife of Andrea Casiraghi, the eldest son of Princess Caroline, was born in New York to a Colombian father and a Brazilian mother. She was influenced since a young age by foreign cultures, thanks to extensive travelling with her family and the frequent visits to local markets around the world. After her art studies in London, she did a stage in New York with designer Alberta Ferretti, and the Brazilian artist Giovanni Bianco, and even worked for the American Vanity Fair.

It was with her friend Dana Alikhani, born in Cyprus and of Iranian descent, that the project took shape. Dana had studied oriental and african art in London, and finished a masters in Human Rights in New York, that prompted her to promote the work and rights of artisans around the globe, who became their partners in Muzungu Sistters, artisans that consecrate their entire lives to the excellence of their work. Muzungu Sisters are travellers (Muzungu means voyagers in Swahili), who created a business that is both smart and ethical, that values cultures and individuals, and contributes to create a sustainable way of living for autochthonous populations, proud of their heritage.


Italian excellence is guaranteed to be well represented with designers like Chiara Boni who will have the honor of opening the runways on Thursday, June 2 in the occasion of the celebration of Italian National Day; Alef, the brand of accessories created by Tiziano Colasante and Alessia Auriemma, where formal experimentation and colors are the absolute characteristic of a new energy; A.D. Amato Danieli, the footwear and accessories brand that transforms the most precious leathers into wearable art; fairytale gowns signed by Annalisa Queen, in her public debut with her Contrasts collection; the casual chic style of Anna Siciliano with her creations using innovative fabrics and materials find in natureBabylon is the brand of romance dedicated to the spirited and independent woman; corals, turquoise, nacre and colorful stones reveal the creative force of Minnie’s Jewels; elegance becomes contemporary thanks to the work of the artisans who collaborate with the Italian brand Edda Berg; couture denim, on the other hand, is the field in which Luca Taiana creates his new collection; from the footwear market district arrives Nando Muzi; the brand Gattacci presents romantic jewelry in crochet or satirical accessories in Plexiglas; closing the Italian participation is the Istituto Marangoni presenting fashion creations by carefully selected brilliant students from their school in Paris.

From France with love

From France Josephine Bonair mixes geometric cuts and romantic details in her conceptual proposal; De Tiara, the brand for accessories and jewels from Antibes, also presents a line of bags made in Milan; sophisticated and sensual, Herblain creations by Esther Mbia, designer originally from Cameroun, are inspired in the collections of the grand fashion houses from another era.

Highlighting local talent

The Principality of Monaco will be represented by its own most prestigious local designers thanks to Banana Moon, the insignia of beachwear and accessories inspired in the Californian lifestyle; Beach & Cashmere Monaco, the brand created in 2005 by Federica Nardoni Spinetta embodying the creative spirit and chic attitude of the Principality; Leslie Monte-Carlo proposes a complete clothing collection that is dynamic and contemporary; Livia Monte-Carlo is inspired in the yachting scene with their swimwear line; the presence of Stardust Monte-Carlo, who with their extraordinary masterpieces has become a recognised jewelry icon; and last but not least, the exquisite creative expression of the renowned Carlo Ramello.

Young brands from East Europe and Russia

Young brands represent East European and Russian creativity. Hungarian designer Anita Pasztor makes her debut in the MCFW© with a collection that combines art and design inspired on her family’s cultural heritage; Kira Kirikovich, the Belarusian stylist, winner of the Best Trendsetters at the Athens Xclusive Designers Week with her collection Obsidian Blossom, has succeeded in combining a sophisticated concept of elegance and a certain modern minimalism; and Russian Marina Gurvich, winner of the Young Designer Competition in the Caspian Fashion Week, brings together through her collection the colors and atmosphere of the Caspian Sea landscape.

A grand cru edition 

Stay tuned for more exciting news about the Monte-Carlo Fashion Week, that as a good wine gets better with time, and 2017 has all the ingredients to become a grand cru edition.

Today’s Quote

“I wanted to give a woman comfortable clothes that would flow with her body. A woman is closest to being naked when she is well-dressed.” Coco Chanel


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