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March 27, 2008

Ukrainian Fashion week?

Filed under: Fashion News — Anna @ 3:12 pm
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lacoste_fashion_week_shoes.jpgYep, Ukrainian has a fashion week, who would have thunk it.

Ukrainia just does not hit me as being one of the worlds fashion meccas, but they do seem to put some emphasis on fashion these days. It seems for the last decade they have been trying to put the Ukraine on the worlds fashion map and this 9 day show hopefully may get them a blip.

As nine days of models, runways and high heels were brought to an end, the air was electric with anticipation. Ukrainian fashion had just taken another step forward, adding to the momentum that has been building over the past decade. With continued hard work, diligence, dedication and proper investment, the fashion industry in Ukraine might someday become a true competitor on the international scene. For now, we will have to wait until next season to find out what this nation’s talented team of designers have in store for us next.

Here is a rundown of top events and designers in the Ukraine

What’s hot for the Fall/Winter 2008 Season

For women – platform heels, low cut boots, elbow length leather gloves were especially fashionable. Chiffon and silk long sleeve blouses paired with longer skirts were popular as designers opted out of shorter summer wear in favour of knee-length apparel. Layers of varying rich materials consistently appeared throughout collections, again, showing a penchant for a warmer look.

For men, skinny belts, pointed dress shoes, tapered pants and coats with waist belts were prominent. The general theme centered on sophistication and finesse, whilst retaining a sense of masculinity and sensibility.

Fur trim and oversized handbags were popular for both men’s and women’s collections

As for colours of the season, blacks, browns, greys and whites stood out along with shades of champagne, gold and cream. Contrast, especially using bold reds, blues and greens was also popular.

Designer: Olga Gromova

What you’ll find: Kimono-inspired gowns, flared sleeves and post-modern evening wear. The Gromova Design collection is only available by personal invitation from the designer herself, or through a recommendation of a current client.

Designer: Oleksiy Zalevskiy

What you’ll find: Fur, leather and denim from edgy to elegant with a canine trim. Look for his collections at Sunny and Mikhaella (43 Saksahanskoho, Modniy Kvartal, Bolshevik Shopping Centre (6 Hetmana); Modniy Kvartal, Alta-Centre Shopping Centre, 2nd floor, (11A Moskovskiy Prospect).

Designer: Oksana Karavanska

What you’ll find: Haute couture, pret-a-porter and everything in between, not to mention her line of inventive handbags. Look for her collection at Boutique Oksana Karavanska (29/1 Khreschatyk).

Designer: Liliya Poustovit

What you’ll find: A chic, modern look for modern women everywhere. Find her collection at Atelier 1 located in Hotel Vozdvizhenskiy (60 Vozdvizhenska).

Designer: Zemskova and Vorozhbyt

What you’ll find: Classic chic for the new businesswomen – at work, at home and out on the town.Look for their collection at West Mont (48Chervonoarmiyska) and Nashe, Olimpiyskiy Mall, 3rd floor (72 Chervonoarmiyska).

Designer: Anna Sosnovskaya

What you’ll find: A men’s line that screams masculinity with undertones suggesting delicate strength. Look for her collection online at http://www.anns.com.ua or visit her studio for a custom design located on 18-5 Harmatna.

Designer: Alexandr Gapchuk

What you’ll find: Smart suits and even smarter coats – for the modern man who is looking to update his look. Look for his collection at 21 Beloruska or shop online at http://www.gapchuk.com.

Designer: Serhiy Smolin for TM IDoL

What you’ll find: Confident clothing intended for the man who feels comfortable in his own skin. Look for his collection at his studio located on (75 Artema, office No.1.; http://www.fashionweek.com.ua)

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