A few weeks ago, in an outfit post, I mentioned that I was looking for a better quality shirt dress than the Monki one I was wearing. A reader comment pointed me in the direction of Hungary based label, NUBU. As it turns out, NUBU saw the comment and dropped me an email right away, very kindly offering to send me one their own shirt dresses to solve my issue. As a newbie to the shirt dress, I was keen to explore their take on this classic piece as I really liked what I saw on their Facebook page.
When it arrived I was most definitely not disappointed. This shirt dress is not as simple as one might expect of such an item, instead it's intricate construction, with its cutouts and unexpected folds and small but well considered zip decoration on the collar and along the back cut-out, makes it a much more complex and alluring piece, elevating it far above humble 'classic' or 'basic' status. This dress has immediately made it into my 'can't live without it' list.
Of course, it's quite obvious that I look like I work in an asylum, the only real side effect of white shirt dresses.
NUBU was created in 2007 by Judit Garam. Judit was the exclusive distributor of several fashion brands including Kookai and Patrizia Pepe in Hungary, then the owner and designer of Miju. She is also the co-owner of Mono Fashion Shop. In 2011, she was joined by two talented young designers, Adél Kovács and Anett Hajdú.
Anett studied in Vienna, at the Angewandte Kunst University before she graduated from MOME as a textile designer, specializing in accessories design. She spent her internship at NUBU before she joined the team as designer of the brand in 2009. She co-founded k e p p Showroom the same year. She has been teaching fashion design at KREA since 2012.
Adél studied at the men’s garment design department of the London College of Fashion before she graduated from MOME in 2011 as a textile designer, specializing in knitted fabrics. She joined the NUBU team in 2009. In 2012, she interned for Marios Schwab, and then worked as a designer-assistant and studio manager at Eudon Choi in London. Referring to the core identity of NUBU - ethereal elegance, sophisticated feminine style and surprising contrasts - the SS13 collection they describe as;
"ethereal elegance, sophisticated feminine style and surprising contrasts - a return to nature reborn after the sombre winter mood. Leaving behind the cold grey months, the modern woman longs for green fields and the gentle waterside. Inspired by hot summer days at the beach, the natural pastel colors of the collection - nude, white and dove grey - are set off against classic black. Juxtaposing materials - leather and silk, wood and leather - also emphasizes a subtle contrast. Nature reclaimed this collection, not only in its materials but also with avant-garde wooden jewelry and prints of quiet landscapes on the garments."
I'm looking forward to seeing more from this lovely label.