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Seasons of fashion shows

 

In spring the nature comes back to life and brings new leaves, new flowers and new shoots. This years Seasons of Fashion shows were more than just a revival  they had gone through their final reincarnation.

 

Fashion is always changeable, it never stops producing new images, new colours and forms. It is not predictable or controllable  rather intangible like time.

The Ukrainian fashion industry, similarly to the Ukrainian society, is in the process of transformation and finding its feet. Its forms change, absorbing the best achievements of the previous stages, its evolution takes it to the most acceptable format.

The first Ukrainian Fashion Week (UFW) was held at the trade complex Alta Tsentr in Kyiv in March 2006. The winter was long and cold and the change to the vernal mood that the fashion shows brought was very welcome.

The Ukrainian Fashion Week is a merger of the previously held pret-a-porter Season of Fashion shows and the international fashion festival Kyivsky Podium (Kyivs Catwalk). From now on it is the UFW that will be the national fashion event. It meets the world requirements for pret-a-porter fashion shows and has already been on the international fashion events.

37 fall/winter 2006/2007 collections were presented to the public at the UFW March shows. In addition to Ukrainian fashion designers, designers from Georgia, Russia and Italy also took part in the UFW shows.

The Novi Imena (New Names) section presented 5 new collections, and the UFW Trade Mark Defile presented 18 collections created by the leading Ukrainian trademarks. These collections were of a particular interest to the Ukrainian producers of clothes who want Ukrainians to wear things made in Ukraine.

The UFW show-room section which functioned during all the days of the UFW shows, made it possible to take a closer look at the dresses shown on the catwalk and thus to assess them better.

Ukrainian fashion, as an integral part of the world fashion community, continues to develop successfully creating new forms. n

 

Photos have been provided by an organizing committee of the UFW

By Marysya HOROBETS

 

Olena Holets collection Tayemne zibrannya (Secret
meeting) created for Dolcedonna TM, suggests
an atmosphere of a Venetian ball; there are always
elements of mysteriousness and sexuality
in the image of woman that the collection
presents such a woman does not have
to promote herself men would
be willing to pry this mystery open.

 

Collection of andre TAN TM must have been inspired
by the interior of a library; Andre Tans collection
Vyshchy znannya (Higher Knowledge) presented
an image of an even-tempered girl who has a rich
inner world, and whose clothes have many
transformational possibilities.

 

Diana Dorozhkinas collection Podarunok dlya Herdy
(A Present for Herda) was a fairy tale made real;
bright furs from Toscana, flowing silks, flying skirts,
artificial flowers made of laces and unparalleled
corsets were a feats of colour and refined forms.

 

Viktoriya Krasnova presented her collection Zminy
(Changes) to demonstrate that everything changes
except the womans desire for a change.
The audience could see an impressive play
of textures, white-black-red colour schemes, graphic
outlines and seems joined in an unusual way.
Theres nothing overcomplicated in it just, simple,
little, basic things simple but unusual.

 

Oksana Karavanska in creating her collection must
have been inspired by Yury Andrukhovychs novel
Dvanadtsyat obruchiv (Twelve Hoops);
it has in it echoes of the moonlit mountains,
and also Gypsy, Hutsul and Easter eggs motifs.

 

Anna Bubliks collection Fragment suchasnoho buttya
(A Fragment of Todays Existence) combines classic
elements with elegant luxury done in bright colours.
We see the image of a business lady of a somewhat
severe appearance wearing a perfect expensive wool
costume, but whose chiffon skirt suggests that she
has a tender and romantic heart.

 

Olena Dats collection (in the New Names
section) was very impressive with its sky-blue
lightness and freshness.

 

Oleksandr Hapchuks collection Absent Trend
must have been inspired by Van Gogh the designer
presented an image of a man of turbulent nature,
who is prone to going to extremes, who is looking
for his place in the ever changing life, and who
wants to make a final choice.

 

Liliya Pustovits collection PUSTOVIT Weekend
presented dresses which are good to wear
on the weekends in town, when the dress code
does not dictate anything, when walking in the street
does not require comfort, universality or rationality.
Its the time to introduce some easy-going motifs,
tenderness and dramatic colours.

 

The medieval spirit of Kyivan Rus is present
in Iryna Karavays collection Rozkishny asketism
(Luxurious Asceticism) whose colour
scheme is rather subdued.

 

The collection of Avtandil Tskvitinidze, a fashion
designer from Georgia, was called Stare misto
(Old City); it must have been inspired
by architectural landmarks of the city of Tbilisi;
every coat, overcoat or jacket had at least four
of five different textures, colours and forms;
every one of them its own mood.

 

Roksolana Bohutska from Lviv freely merges
female sexuality with the avant-garde military
style and elements of the ethnic style.

 

Oleksandr Vasylyevs collection II Souls
harmoniously unites vintage and ethic motifs
from various parts of the world.

 

From left to right: Olga Sumska, an actress
and the muse of the Stolychny TM,
Iryna Marynina, Trade Centre Stolychny director;
Eduard Nasyrov, a fashion designer and the author
of the collection Mehndi; Volodymyr Hryshko,
opera singer; Vitaly Borysyuk, an actor.

 

The collection Mehndi from the Trade Centre
Stolychny was a mixture of ethic, Indian, Ukrainian
and romantic motifs; its bright colours and Indian
motifs remind the audience that 2006
is the Year of India in Ukraine.

 

Mehndi is an expressive art of henna painting
that emerged in the ancient Mesopotamia and spread
over to Asia and Africa. It was in India that this art
was most successfully developed. This art opens
new ways of self-expression and those who practise
it unite East and West, said Eduard Nasyrov.

 


 

Rainbow Luxury

 

The Ukrainian Fashion Week, which has inherited a lot from its predecessors (the Ukrainian pret-a-porter Seasons of Fashion and the International Festival Kyivsky Podium) actively engages Ukrainian and foreign trade marks, private and state-run companies and factories in producing fashionable clothes by presenting 17 pret-a-porter collections to those whom it directly concerns  fashion designers, producers and potential consumers.

A number of Trade Mark Defile collections were shown at the gallery of boutiques of Ukrainian designers Fashion Lab, which is skillfully run by the charming Olena Kulyk. Some Trade Mark Defile collections were hardly less interesting than those which were shown at the UFW main catwalk.

One of such collections was Rayduzhna rozkish (Rainbow Luxury) created by Viktor Antonenko and Lidiya Ruban for the TM Khutrova fabryka AHT (Fur Factory ANT Company TM). This collection boasted refined silhouettes, perfect cut, new technologies used in making clothes, a great variety of colours and furs mostly in combination with leather.

The TM Khutrova fabryka AHT has gained considerable experience in the fashion business since it has been working in the city of Cherkasy for the Ukrainian fashion industry since 1987. The general concepts of this company are based on the creativity principle and individual approach to every customer. Such an approach has made it possible for the company to establish itself firmly at the natural furs market. The evidence of this is the fact that the company has been awarded prizes, awards and promotions: an award at the International Kyiv Fashion Exhibition for the best presentation of products by the Ukrainian producers; the Vyshcha proba (Highest Grade) prize at the all-Ukraine contest of Ukrainian producers; promotion to take part in the Leather and Shoes and Odesa-Intermoda exhibitions, and at the Kryshtalevy syluet (Crystal Silhouette) one-dress contest.

All the Khutrova fabryka AHT garments have a unique design and 70 percent of them are customized to suit the tastes and fit the figures of individual customers. Such garments give each customer their individual, personal style, and each garment carries its own exclusive look. Annually, model range comprises over 250 original garments.

In addition to creating new garments, the Khutrova fabryka AHT offers restoration of old garments, giving them a new look, and providing them with trendy touches, particularly fashionable in the current season.

Wearing Khutrova fabryka AHT things will make you look charming and different, says Viktor Antonenko, the companys director general. Those who saw Khutrova fabryka AHT collections do not have to be persuaded to buy the clothes shown  many of them are bought right after they are shown on the catwalk. Garments can be ordered straight from the factory.

 


 

 

Khutrova fabryka AHT address:

135 Smilyanska Street

Cherkasy

Tel.: (0472) 666-884

Fax: (0472) 653-467

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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