Milan Fashion Week – Showcasing Budapest Select

Hi Everyone,

The show must go on, as it really did in Milan last week. Despite there being fewer shows due to COVID, I still managed to get a couple of invitations. One very inspiring show I saw was the Budapest Select. A show where six Hungarian young designers presented their collections; Maison Elysian, Kata Szegedi, MERO, Cukovy, THE FOUR, Abodi.

Budapest Select stems from a  partnership between the Hungarian Fashion & Design Agency and Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana. The partnership is essentially a mentorship programme opening up new international perspectives for new designers. Personally I always find it interesting to discover new brands. Some have great new original ideas – loving the puffer coats you can design yourself.

Keep reading to see highlights from “Milan Fashion Week – Showcasing Budapest Select”. I’m super interested to hear what you think of these collections.

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Milan Fashion Week – Showcasing Budapest Select

Maison Elysian

About the brand:

“Boglárka launched her womenswear brand Elysian in 2012 in Budapest. The word Elysian is a French adverb meaning: beautiful, perfect and peaceful. These are values that the designer would like to represent in her brand. In the first five years she concentrated on the domestic market offering a made-to measure service for her clients. The brand comes out with two seasonal collections per year, in addition they run a made-to-measure bridal line.”



About the brand:

CUKOVY offers contemporary outwear for urban players. With a focus on high-quality puffer jackets filled with premium duck down, all pieces are designed and made in Budapest, Hungary, supporting local craftsmen and suppliers.

Make your own Cukovy jacket by finding the perfect combination for any mood by changing sleeves and hoods.

Shop online here


Peter Mero

The designer Peter Mero says:

“My aim is to create a style that makes women feel special, and first of all, make them feel a Woman.”

A new label which began in 2018 whose website is not yet up but you can check out the Instagram here.


Kata Szegedi

About the brand:

“Founded by Kata in 2009, Kata Szegedi is one of the most important hungarian brands in the contemporary fashion scene. The independent, Budapest based label’s vision contains innovative, architectural design for cosmoplitans who are self-assured and proud of their individual image; the ones who value the expression of originality in their day-to-day life. Kata Szegedi is one of the emerging designers in Hungary , she came to spotlight before she graduated at KREA Contemporary Arts Institute Budapest.”

Check out her online shop here.



Stay tuned for the online store coming up soon here.



About the designer:

“Born in Transylvania and raised in Budapest, part of a creative family, Dora Abodi showed an early interest in fashion and began to draw sketches in her grandfather’s studio at a young age. She graduated from French Mod’ International Art and Fashion Academy in 2009 and obtained a Master’s in Fashion Design at Domus Academy Milan in 2013. She founded her eponymous brand DORA ABODI in 2009.”



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Wearing suit from Imprevu Belgium photographed by Izabela Switon-Kulinska



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  1. very interesting I love those different styles and different from every other stylist which makes it really very interesting love it

  2. I enjoy your posts immensely. FYI: Despite what Maison Elysian’s website says Elysian is an English adjective taken from Greek mythology referring to the Elysian Fields: a kind of paradise. The French word, also an adjective (not an adverb) is spelt élyséen. The sense of the word is used correctly.

  3. Ohhh! The fabrics! I love the fabrics! And the designs that really make the most of the fabrics! Thank you for the wonderful photos!

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