Yesterday I attended WAMP design fair in Budapest, and thought it should be fun to quickly review a few up-and-coming Hungarian designers that have caught my eye.

All right, Gabi Szabo, with her personal brand Zagabo, is not your typical up-and-coming designer. She's well known, been around, has loyal followers, a maternity line, you name it, she's got it. But yesterday, in the coziest corner of the WAMP show space, she premiered her spring/summer 2011 Ribs & Ribbons collection, which simply screams review... but still more than that, her clothes have what it takes to inspire.

I love pussybows, structure, colour blocking, panelling, and a fresh, unique take on the new season, and with Zagabo, you get just that. I was immediately drawn to one of the key samples of the collection (probably one of Gabi's favourites if she admits to have any), the crisp white long-sleeved shirt with terracotta satin pussybow, shoulder and cuff detailing. There and then, I was sold.

image: Zagabo

Second, I would have grabbed the striking colour block tie-hem dress in turquoise, sky blue and sunshine yellow right off the rails if the sample had been my size...

And finally -no time for the jewel-coloured macs just then- I caught sight of one of the  most modest pieces of the collection, a cape tunic in antique cream coloured cotton, and had to physically hold myself back from seizing the sample as it was, going two sizes up and wearing it as a dress starting tomorrow.

I'm not big on feminine dressing, but Zagabo's latest collection is a great mix of modern, of baroque opulence, of structured shapes and of surprise elements, allowing women of very diverse tastes to cherry-pick their favourite pieces, while still appeal to a wide audience as a whole. I must admit I'm looking very much forward to keeping an eye on what Gabi Szabo does next.

images: first as shown, rest: zagabo.com

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