Best of Mercedes-Benz Kiev Fashion Days

Even a year ago, we knew that Ukraine had a unique fashion scene. We decided to make the long trek to Mercedes-Benz Kiev Fashion Days to see what people were wearing and what top designers are making international waves.

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    Irina Krasilnikova

    During an age where clothes can be easily transferred from computer to fabric (i.e: digital print), Irina Krasilnikova has the patience to turn back time with intensive handmade techniques. Her investment in old-school processes like "wool felting" was reflected in the theme of her collection: patina, the tarnishing of surfaces like bronze and copper due to oxidation. Krasilnikova translated the image of an "old cracked vase" onto the runway. Wool dresses were splotched with shades of oxidized blues, greens, to grays and beiges  one was even fused with a chiffon skirt. It's hard to find a collection where there are no gimmicks but this designer has made her mark: Krasilnikova strips the lacquer off of design and has unearthed a staying power that will be hard to tarnish.

    Runway: Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Kiev Fashion Days; Instagram: Courtesy of Liana Satenstein
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