Through a rose-colored forest set, the young designer’s first collection revolved around the more elusive side of nature. There was a series of sheer skirts and dresses in the light tints of pastels; the chest and shoulders appliquéd with ornate flower cut-outs. Throughout the presentation, the models’ faces were enveloped by cocoon bouffants — almost as if they were happily trapped in an ethereal utopia of high necklines, tulle, and foliage framed windows. With such a breathtaking debut collection, it’s apparent that Paramonova designs for the girl that lives on the side where the grass is greener.
It was a folk story of a pragmatic princess told through technicolor dresses. “It’s for the girls who grew up on Disney films after the fall of the Soviet Union and now are women,” said Yasia Khomenko in Russian during a backstage interview in Kiev. She used childlike nuances — like polka dots and pattern clashes — but peasant evoking bodices gave the looks a sense of maturity. A geometric printed dress lets us know that this collection wasn’t all fantasy — Khomenko’s concepts could be easily translated into streetwear.