As soulful music echoed through the spectators in the space, 18 year old Ukranian designer, Anna K opened the show with girlish fantasies inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘Tender is The Night’. The mood was romantic and quintessentially feminine from the start; the collection, light and carefree – think pure white dresses, delicate organza over layers, layered ruffles, balloon like floating shoulder panels and natural fabrics. With a large focus on minimalism, accessories came in the form of transparent bags - the product of a collaboration with Proskurovskar.
As the music switched to tribal-esq origins, Anton Belinskiy’s patriotic collection took the stage. Inspired by the cultural mecca of his native, Ukraine, along with heritage and the work of artists; Belinskiy’s collection centered around a ‘Ukranian colour palette’, through the fabric mediums of silk, leather, satin, linen and wool. The pieces ranged from metallic paneled co-ords, to conceptual kimono-esq coats, each accessorised with a pair of New Balance trainers and a cylindrically structured bag.
Also using metallic fabrics as detail, Lera Leshchova’s collection of elegantly refined womenswear focused on sharp geometric lines, panels of colour and chic layers and cuts; all in a palette of cream and pastel pink. Each sophisticated look was given a powerful edge through the use of conceptual silver snake like neck cuffs.
Again in favour of a neutral, earthy palette; Lia Syn’s collection featured chic elegant dresses, which were contrasted with red leather and snakeskin harness structures reminiscent of traditional Swedish costume. Hemlines were both long and short; and shoulders were emphasised. Fastenings were constructed from textured gold metal.
In contrast to the popular neutral palette, RCR KHOMENKO transported us to a fantastical world of lullaby tales. Focusing heavily on printed and patterned fabric, the five complete looks featured a tropical jungle print dress, equip with childlike characters, a toy car printed suit and a football print inspired two piece, amongst other designs. The colour palette was predominantly blue and green.
Closing the Kiev show, we saw Yasya Minochkina’s predominantly white collection, which focused on femininity, minimalism and technology – Yasya’s trademark features. Each look oozed luxurious, opulent elegance – think oversized outerwear, high necks, sheer bomber jackets and chic co-ords. The Yasya Minochkina woman is fierce, whilst remaining poised and oh-so-refined.
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Written by Brooke McCord, Fashion Scout Contributor. Follow me on Twitter @BrookeMcCordImages by Tram Nguyen (@TramNguyenp) and Jamike Latif