COLLECTION | Kiev Fashion Days
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Days Kiev is celebrating its second year anniversary at Fashion Scout AW15 showcasing three upcoming, international young and innovative designers. Agency More Dash presented the latest collections from rising talents Anna K, Dinara Nurlan and Pentatonica. All three collections flowed from one another the music creating a harmonious atmosphere throughout the presentation.
19 year old former model created a fantasy world of girly fashion using cartoonish characters combined with dreamy dresses and smart separates in a modern fashion. The collection was inspired by fairy tale "The Little Match Girl" and divides into two parts, much like the book itself. The first part of the collection showcases a darker mood; a freezing girl on Christmas Eve wearing multitudes of knitted layers and obscure colours. The second part of the show represents the dramatic change of the story with the collection sparkling up like a lit up match. The use of crystal embroidery presents the idea of wealth and extravagance whilst remaining fragile. Central to the collection bows not only embellished the designs but became a garment in its own right.
The womenswear designer showcased her second collection 'Herbarium' on the Fashion Scout runway. Nurlan describes her brand as a combination of modernity, quality and individuality through playing with fabrics, shapes and patterns. The designer drew inspiration from a four-leaf clover she found tucked inside of an old book years ago and recalls collecting flowers to create a collection of dried plants and precious memories as her 'Herbarium'. We saw muted hues of a winter forest with dark prints and painted leaf patterns. The looks from her collection reflect warmth and comfort from the loose, chunky knits and billowing long lines.
Designers Kira Maysheva and Saule Dzhamil presented a collection inspired by a musical mode of five notes creating a Pentatonic scale. The duos philosophy is to design for those whom improvise with their style; individuality is imperative to this upcoming brands ethos. The use of natural fabrics and earthy tones create essential wardrobe staples and edgy statement pieces presenting the question can loneliness give freedom? Far from dark and moody the pair attempt to focus on the positive aspects of loneliness. Soft materials and colours display their convincing ideas of the positive outcomes of solitude.
By Lily Gee, Sub Editor, @lilybethgee & Melissa Poulton, Social Media Manager, @melissapoulton
Photography by Celine Castillon