Monday, April 24, 2017

“Rosie” – Collection Photoshoot / Behind The Scenes

I started designing Rosie last summer, and although I was overloaded with different projects and work trips, I kept my focus and invested as much love and resources as possible to obtain the result that I am proud of today. When I met my muse & model Kirsten she was the right person at the right time and without her support and amazing attitude, this project would have been accomplished years later but not now.

Sunday, March 26, 2017


I got to know Hanna Maria Schatovich last year, soon after she opened her style and beauty coaching business. She has a tremendous work load, to manage her contracts, but still has the energy to organize side projects and events, such as various business interviews or the seasonal Fashiontalk.

One of my first photoshoots in 2017 was organized by Hanna at my showroom, everything was a delight. I am in love with the result! She is a master at connecting creative minds and it was an honour to work with such talents!

Credits Photography: Jin S. Scheidel
Model: Hanna Maria Schatovich 
Hair & Make-up: Karina Kirecci 

Friday, February 24, 2017

ZOË Wearing My Designs At Vienna State Opera Ball


Stunning and talented Austrian singer-songwriter ZOË wore a silver and cream brocade couture gown & matching headpiece, yesterday at the annual Vienna Opera Ball.

It was such a pleasure to work with ZOË and her stylist, Jasmina Straub, both are very professional - and absolutely lovely!

We are very happy about all the compliments and positive feedback ZOË received on her outfit and the coverage online, on TV and in the press!

Video: http://tvthek.orf.at/profile/Opernball-2017/13886830/Opernball-2017-Das-Fest/13904738/Nathan-Trent-und-Zo-Straub/13990479


Monday, January 23, 2017

Blossomday - dresses by Marianne Kohlmaier-Ecker, Innsbruck

I'm opening the New Year's posts journey with a bouquet of young designs and pastel colours arriving from the charming mountain city, Innsbruck. Blossomday is a little, fine brand of bridesmaids (and not only) dresses dedicated to those that are looking for a European hand-made garment with a reasonable price tag.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Thank you 2016!

2016 has been by far the best year since I moved to Austria in 2002. I arrived in Vienna with a morning flight, on the 5th of October 2002. I didn’t plan to stay here for the next decade and even longer, but I also knew that Bucharest was not offering me the future that I wanted. The following years were a constant struggle but I was prepared for that. Being a Business Management student at that time in Bucharest, coming from a middle class family with both parents being intellectuals, I had no problem nor didn’t feel any humiliation to take all the little steps / jobs from working in a tea & coffee shop, cleaning a lady’s apartment, bar-tending in a nightclub and a wine bar, sampling for a promoters company (offering perfume samples to passers-by in department stores), babysitting, modelling for students at the Applied Arts University... I didn’t have any help or support from anyone just, of course, a handful of friends, that were very kind and heartful.