I still remember the initial shock of moving to Australia in 2008 and realizing that I was surrounded by amazing designers. This was before the Aussies essentially dominated the fashion scene the way they do now. In fact, they were barely a blip on the US radar.
This is similar to how I've started to feel about Ukrainian designers. From dramatic silhouettes and unique textures, to bold colors, heady conceptualism and breathtakingly unconventional layers, Ukrainian designers are bringing a breath of fresh air into our midst. And, if I might add, just in time in my opinion.
While there is a plethora of incredible Ukrainian designers that I could gush on and on about, here's a taste of of my favorite 3 that you should definitely keep on your radar.
Showing since just 2014, Frolov has already been called one of the most promising Ukrainian designers. His work focuses on impeccable tailoring and a close study of the human anatomy. Personally, I love the minimalist-meets-over-the-top quality to his work that makes it feel both timeless and high impact at the same time.
Famous for its collaborations with artists and use of unique prints, ELENAREVA is an eponymous, semi-couture label that blends texture and color with clean, often stark tailoring. While there is a serious approach to production, each piece possesses a creative playfulness that is contagious the moment you slip on anything from the line.
To say Ksenia Schaider is a conceptual brand might be a slight understatement. Everything created is undertaken with both a utilitarian and intellectual approach. While some collections (see SS 16) have a little more romance to them, others (like FW 16-17) are stated for what they are. But as it often is with modern art, the more straightforward the presentation, the stronger the concept.