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Edited by on October 20 2008 at 3:17 PM

Runway Rundown: Best of Ukrainian Fashion Week

Olena Dats

Runway Rundown: Best of Ukrainian Fashion Week

Olena Dats

Runway Rundown: Best of Ukrainian Fashion Week

Olena Dats

That’s right…Kiev, Ukraine’s capital (and my home town), has been rising within the fashion circles as the next mecca of young fashion. With both Chanel and Louis Vuitton stores doing quite well, the city has decided to devote its attention to hosting its own fashion week.

Runway Rundown: Best of Ukrainian Fashion Week

Natasha Glazkova

Runway Rundown: Best of Ukrainian Fashion Week

Natasha Glazkova

“Our goal is to make sure any young designer with talent and ambition really has the chance to stage a proper runway show under professional conditions,” explained Alexander Sokolovskiy, founder of the local season.

Runway Rundown: Best of Ukrainian Fashion Week

Natasha Glazkova

Runway Rundown: Best of Ukrainian Fashion Week

Natasha Glazkova

Runway Rundown: Best of Ukrainian Fashion Week

Oksana Karavanska

Runway Rundown: Best of Ukrainian Fashion Week

Oksana Karavanska

Runway Rundown: Best of Ukrainian Fashion Week

Oleksiy Zalevskiy

Runway Rundown: Best of Ukrainian Fashion Week

Oleksiy Zalevskiy

Runway Rundown: Best of Ukrainian Fashion Week

Oleksiy Zalevskiy

Runway Rundown: Best of Ukrainian Fashion Week

Oleksiy Zalevskiy

“Sokolovskiy charges designers 1,500 Euros (or $2,050 at current exchange rates) for the use of the show space, including lighting, a pittance compared to Bryant Park or the Caroussel du Louvre in Paris, where rates start at 10 times that price.

Oleksiy Zalevskiy, a theatrical costumer, whose absurdist collection earned roars of applause. A curious mix of historic costuming and Eighties touches,  he had all the models stand at the finale on the runway reading a copy of his own extended coffee table photo biography.

Other shows included Olena Dats, who sent out overly complicated picnic and cocktail dresses that intermittently were wearable but in general too contrived.

Kiev does boast one pretty talented accessories designer and her name is Oksana Karavanska, who showed a series of suede Cowboy Cossack boots with rosettes that looked great. However, this local take on Moschino was a tad too crazed in her mix of patchwork prints and fabric ensembles, except when it came to a final foursome of some great kids wear that garnered a round of cheers.

The day’s best collection was by Natasha Glazkova, whose lace and cotton blend cocktails and shiny slinky silk dresses, all worn with white lace leggings that covered platform boots, had plenty of romantic zip.”

-Content from FashionWireDaily

Story by Rebecca Alexander

Rebecca does not like biographies. They are stupid and she would rather spend her time editing the site. Which she does with great vigor.