Though internationally known for its wedding dress designers, Israel’s fashion scene stretches far beyond chiffon and tulle. From Maya Negri to project runway winner Alon Livne, Israeli fashion designers are making their mark in the industry as they dream up new collections and seasonal styles that don’t require a reservation. With elegant evening wear, casual flare and accessories to match, step outside the malls and into the boutiques of these top Israeli fashion designers to get a taste of their artistic genius.
The top Israeli fashion designers
Sleek, classic, slimming, easy to accessorise - black is a style maven’s best friend. Enter in Mews, by Gal Shenfeld, a line of all-black luxury women’s wear. Based in Tel Aviv and founded in 2014, the label is comprised of essential, classic garments, crafted from only the highest quality materials. Inspired by culture, art, media, people, leisure and life, the line focuses on silhouette, texture, composition, volume and movement. Because of the breadth of influence, the Mews team is constantly designing and producing new items daily.
ATA, the first Israeli company to design and manufacture textiles and clothing locally, was founded by the Moller family in 1934. Thirty years after it closed its doors in 1984, ATA reopened and rebranded, ready to retake its place as a staple in Israeli fashion.
Comme il faut is comprised of a fashion house, women’s only spa, and chef's restaurant located at the Beit Banamal (Home in the Harbor) complex at Tel Aviv port, that offers a women's venue for culture and entertainment. Sybil Goldfiner founded the company together with Carole Godin 22 years ago, as a business by women for women. The company seeks to advance women in Israeli society by developing and cultivating feminist awareness.
Each Alef Alef collection is created from a new inspiration with a different perspective. Alef Alef designs manage to perfectly combine clean cuts with urban style into a piece suitable for the most high-end shoppers and basic buyers. The unique look of Alef Alef clothes is formed from integrating sophisticated trims, careful treatment of fabric, dyes and prints, and various hand crafting techniques. The collections are varied and form a complex, relaxed look, while staying fresh and natural.
Tres as a brand is an effortless choice for Tel Avivian woman. Their flattering pieces are impeccably tailored and geared towards the urban and fearless stylish citizens of Tel Aviv. The brand’s wide range of products gives clients of any age and style a variety of clothing choices for all hours of the day. While the variety of styles is large, two things are guaranteed in every product: quality and sophistication. The current collection includes evening and day dresses as well as individual pieces. Aimed at pleasing the fashion forward clientele, Tres’ philosophy is to create garments that make women feel beautiful, confident, and most importantly, uniquely Tel Avivian.
Aviva Zilberman fulfilled her ambition to offer definitively modern fashion by founding her own high-end ready-to-wear house. Since the brand launched, its mission was to create a day wardrobe that will allow women to reveal the elegance that they all possess, even if it is challenging to express it. Her vision of fashion is the result of the continuous effort to create the perfect structure of garments and her concern of realistic proportions and sizes for women. She creates elegant collections that contain powerful and delicate structures, where a masculine strictness and a feminine sensuality are clearly present, and where outfits lay on the body with extreme precision. Come by the stunning boutique to browse through the selection of memorable items.
In March 2012, Nadav established his own label, Northern Star. His inspiration has always stemmed from cosmic regions that are characterized by their graphic elements. A combination of innovative textiles and expert craftsmanship creates the clean and edgy look that Nadav prides himself on. His high standards and expert supervision show in every one of his collections. This high fashion brand seeks to mold his refined and classic style with a modern manipulation of materials and techniques.
Since the age of 17, Alon Livné has worked in premiere luxury European houses to become one of Israel’s most prestigious fashion designers, having trained at Alexander McQueen in London and Roberto Cavalli in Florence. After winning “Project Runway” in Israel, demand for Alon’s work skyrocketed. In February 2013, he was invited to participate in Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week where he presented his Fall-Winter 2013 collection at Lincoln Center. The collection was described by critics as, “a darkly beautiful and wonderfully constructed collection of evening looks…well-tailored and chic.” Alon Livne presents his collections regularly at MBFW New York, and his Bridal line “Alon Livne White” is recognized worldwide for its luxurious, innovative and outstanding designs. Those searching for pieces from one of Israel's finest and most well known dress and womenswear designers should have no problem finding their dream piece here.
Based in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, designer and owner Hagit Hazan founded Hoko in 2007. The fashion design brand came to life after Hazan graduated from Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem and completed a fashion design course at Parsons in New York. Hazan's designs feature clean lines and loose fits that complement the female body. Her Israeli inspired designs are accompanied by modern European influences to give her clothing that unique urban flare that cannot be replicated. Every woman should have a Hoko hanging in her closet!