Backstage, it seemed as if young designer Anton Belinksiy was going to war as he jumped up and down and clasped his hands before unleashing his troop of polished streetwear-wearing and cornrow-coiffed samurai down the runway. The looks took on a geisha-warrior theme: a kimono that was color-blocked in salmon and black, a white knee-length jacket with a tiered collar of squares, high sport socks, and trainers tied at the ankles. Softer looks included short black circle skirts spliced with gold leather, while heads were topped with wide brim hats. One model marched down the runway in a belted, sparkling evening robe as if she was preparing for a black-tie battle — a battle that Belinskiy won, no contest.
Cocktail dresses are a dime (or a kopek) a dozen, but designer Anna October has managed to kick them up a notch with her x-ray precision and slick silhouettes. In a collection that was invested in sharp details like thigh-high slits and peekaboo waist and collarbone cut-outs, dresses shimmered in peaches and yellows. Other standout looks included white collared crop tops paired with empire trousers and a '70s style white tuxedo suit. Wearable, classic styles reigned the runway, proving that this golden child of Ukraine is American market ready.