The 38th Ukrainian Fashion Week took place from March 17 to the 23rd in Kyiv. Ukrainian Fashion Week was founded in 1997 as the first pret-a-porter fashion week in Eastern Europe.
This year’s program featured 86 designers, 56 shows, 15 presentations, 16 locations, more than 200 accredited media and about 18,000 invited guests for the 7 day event. The main podium was located in the Mystetskyi Arsenal, a large art exhibition space in Kyiv that is an architectural monument, built in 1783-1801.
The main podium presented the autumn-winter 2016-2017 collections by established and emerging designers and brands Viktor Anisimov, Zalevskiy, Elena Reva, Nadya Dzyak, Podolyan, Yuliya Polishchuk, Larisa Lobanova, Elena Goletz, Gudu, Datuna, Elena Burba, Yana Chervinska, Elena Burenina, Sasha Kanevsky, A.M.G., Andre Tan, Aina Gasse, Olena Datz, The Coat by Katya Silchenko and others.
Among the designers presenting their collections at off-site locations included Artem Klimchuk who held his show at the House of Record under the accompaniment of The National Ensemble of soloists “Kyivska kamerata“. Beautiful live music added a special atmosphere for the designer’s collection where classical style of 50’s and 80’s were rethought and elaborated with handmade elements. LAKE studio held their show at the construction site in the center of Kyiv at the TZUM (Central) Department Store. It was challenging to go upstairs on my high heel shoes to the rooftop floor, where the fashion show was held, but the cocktail reception helped and the fashion show really worth it. LAKE studio style is laconic casual chic. Emphasis on tailoring and clean silhouette; connection of minimalism and complex structures; rigor, geometry. Litkovskaya invited her clients and guests to the garage of the Hotel Fairmont to present her new collection for a sophisticated dresser with strong individuality which combine masculine and feminine style and meticulous attention to details.
Traditionally, the Ukrainian Fashion Week has been opened by the show of Ukraine’s established designer Lilia Poustovit. Her new collection combines the style of the 80 ‘s, 90 ‘s and 00 ‘s-grunge with female and vintage images. Her looks include effortless silhouettes such as silken slip dresses, military coats and cowboy boots. These are clothes for a new generation of rebellion romantics and are maximalistic in their soul.
During Ukrainian Fashion Week, young designers could present their collections and obtain professional support. That was how up and coming Nadia Yurkiv was awarded the New Names Project and obtained a chance to have a shoot for her fashion campaign. The starting point of her collection is fashion trends of the 60s: freedom, minimalism, trapezoid silhouettes, eclectics and expressivity. The theme of her collection is Dadaism – the avant-garde literature-art movement of the 20s. It personifies the protest against traditional values and a search for new opportunities.
Several Top Models arrived to Ukrainian Fashion Week to support their designer friends. Nadia Shapoval, participated in the shows by Elena Reva and Datuna. Super Model Snejana Onopka was opening and clothing the fashion show of A.M.G. brand. Irina Kravchenko, who had the editorial for Vogue, V Magazine, W Magazine, Another Magazine, Numero Magazine, Interview Magazine, SSAW Magazine, CR Fashion Book and has worked for Balenciaga, Marni, Alexander Wang, Valentino and Prada became the face of the UFW campaign.
Ukrainian Fashion Week is high global standard organized pret-a-porter fashion week, which successfully represent to the World the talent of Ukrainian Fashion Designers.