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.

By Liana Satenstein

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

Kostya Omelya

Country: Ukraine

In this collection, Kostya Omelya’s goal was to conserve the silhouettes of the '30s and the '50s, but to add his own stroke of modernity. The first looks were simple and airy: short velvet and silk skirts were paired with light, cropped sweaters. Yet, the interjection of cool innovation was apparent in Omelya’s attention to detail: The sleeves of Mandarin-collared minimalist tops, dresses and puffer jumpsuits were whip-splashed with acid pastels.

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