I'm sure you've seen the troubling news coming from Greece again and again about riots and economic crisis, but what does it mean for the creative industries? Photogrpahers? Fashion designers? How are they adapting and surviving during these difficult times? Some of these personal stories are brought to you in th enext two posts by our Italian corespondent Derrick Jones.
It had been a good year since I had stepped foot in Athens for work. It all came back to me quickly. The passion, the sounds and the heat!
I reunited with some friends that I hadn't seen in awhile. It was one of those memorable moments of life. A build up of panic, stress and worry mixed with memories that brought the final occasion to a dramatic head. What changed was the face of Athens. Many store fronts black and empty. Foot traffic to them fell to an all time low. Conversations over a freddo cappuccino no longer of glamour and vice but all turning to the turmoil of the troubled culture. Demonstrations, violence, fear, these are the daily occurrences that should bring a people to their knees but I can attest from personal experience that it makes a people grow. The pride and the desire to be seen for their passion and talent and not just as stereotypical victims of a global crisis is a force to be dealt with.
And after a long 3 years I met again with Spyridon. As I approached the table where we decided to meet, his towering presence reminded me of the first time we met. In many ways it was the same. Such a dark strong figure, I thought. What would his story be?
Femininity, elegance,integrity and all the natural aspects that a woman was born with. Spyridon had managed not only to keep this philosophy during these trying times but also to evolve it. He is always true to his beliefs and never swayed by negativity. Instead he uses it much like an alternative fuel to feed his creations.
The innovative folds and fabrics, the goddess like drinks of water who wear his gowns set in front of a familiar and iconic back drop. In this past year Spyridon has received a lot of press and attention for his work and it is easy to see why. When you don't know where your culture is headed and you feel it will be lost, Spyridon will show you an image of a world that he has created to remind you that all is not lost and never will be.