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Ukrainian talent sparkles in Fashion Days Kiev

Ukrainian talent sparkles in Fashion Days Kiev
By Euronews

<p>More than 60 designers presented their 2016 Fall/Winter collections at the fifth edition of Kiev Fashion Days.</p> <p>Ukrainian designer Anna K. is a representative of ‘Generation Z’.</p> <p>She launched her brand four years ago at the age of 16. Since then, she has gained devoted fans and buyers worldwide. Anna K clothes are in 40 stores in 25 countries and her collections have been on the catwalks of London and Milan. </p> <p>Anna K, designer: “This collection is dedicated to space. The space objects, colours, and all that I came up with myself – it is connected with the cosmos. It’s called The Guests from the Future. I am inspired by fairy tales and children’s stories. Tim Burton inspires me very much. I like to complement images already invented in cartoons.”</p> <p>For her latest Fall/Winter collection, designer <strong>Olga Andreeva</strong> was inspired by American graphic designer Milton Glaser, his “I Love New York” logo and his kaleidoscopic posters from the ’80s.</p> <p>The result is a range showcasing faux fur mixed with glitter, psychedelic colours and an abundance of swirls.</p> <p>Olga Andreeva, designer: “ I was very impressed and inspired by posters from the ’80s. This is … freedom. A woman who is free to choose. These are non-standard uses of knitted fabrics and handmade details that I continue to use in my collection.”</p> <p>Andreeva’s nightclub collection included plenty of mesh. </p> <p>The fabric took the form of sleeves tacked onto a silk jumpsuit striped in candied hues of red, green and peach, and as the black-and-white panels of a brocade dress. </p> <p>There were more discreet pieces as well, like a dress with the front covered in silver sequins, which she paired with a sweeping cardigan made of strips of dyed ostrich feathers.</p> <p>The show aims to give Ukrainian designers visibility to an international audience, an organiser explains. </p> <p>Daria Shapovalova, co-organiser of Kiev Fashion Days: “This is a start in life for many designers, and we have many success stories of how various designers built a great career with our help. Five years ago, no one knew about Ukraine’s fashion market. Now everyone knows there is a wave of Ukrainian designers, and we have a showroom in Paris that sells the work of these designers.”</p> <p>The future is bright for Ukrainian clothing.</p> <p>Kiev Fashion Days precedes larger events like Ukrainian Fashion Week, which starts in late March.</p>