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.


May 18, 2012 12:00 PM
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Courtesy of designer

Lesia Paramonova

Country: Russia

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.