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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 year’s 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 (Kyiv’s 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
Collection of andre TAN TM must have been inspired
Diana Dorozhkina’s collection Podarunok dlya Herdy
Viktoriya Krasnova presented her collection Zminy
Oksana Karavanska in creating her collection must
Anna Bublik’s collection Fragment suchasnoho buttya
Olena Dats’ collection (in the New Names
Oleksandr Hapchuk’s collection Absent Trend
Liliya Pustovit’s collection PUSTOVIT Weekend
The medieval spirit of Kyivan Rus is present
The collection of Avtandil Tskvitinidze, a fashion
Roksolana Bohutska from Lviv freely merges
Oleksandr Vasylyev’s collection II Souls
From left to right: Olga Sumska, an actress
The collection Mehndi from the Trade Centre
“Mehndi is an expressive art of henna painting
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 company’s 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
Tel.: (0472) 666-884
Fax: (0472) 653-467