10 Eastern European Fashion Designers to Keep on Your Radar

Beware Paris, Milan, New York and London! A new generation of Ukrainian and Russian fashion designers are proving that the Soviet days of black-market blue jeans are behind them. Their innovative combination of western pop-culture and Slavic motif is putting Russia and Ukraine on the fashion map. We'd toss back a vodka shot for a post-Soviet fashion invasion any day.

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May 18, 2012 12:00 PM
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Solodunov/Mercedes-Benz Kiev Fashion Days

Julia Paskal

Country: Ukraine

The young designer introduced her collection in a black palette with some grey touches, allowing more focus on the clean, Puritanical cuts. Owls were an inspiration, hence the feathered, perforated skirt and shawls. At the finale, an army of witchlike heroines swept down the runway, owning the color black in pilgrim-cut silhouettes or navel-hitting décolletage. The designer said that this collection was partially inspired by the forest, but there is no doubt that these pieces could be worn on the street.