…is already written by everybody else. Actually, this 3-day event garnered quite a bit of press, both domestic and foreign (for the coverage in English see below). Here I would like to highlight several points that made these three days so special.
1. The fee for designers to participate in the event was zero dollars 00 cents.
2. The venue where all shows took place, called Mystetskiy Arsenal, also hosted fashion installations, performances, lectures and a separate show program on a mini-catwalk. The admission to most of these events was free and didn’t require the accreditation.
3. Pretenders – that’s how that separate program was called. 11 fashion labels, including Cheap Monday, Tegin and osome2some, showed their collections to everybody who bothered picking up an invitation before the event in one of the designated places.
At first I thought the program was created as an opportunity for very young labels to showcase their work, but Tegin, for example, is in business for ages… So I’m a bit confused.
4. There were more lectures than fashion shows on the main catwalk (I’m all about statistics today), the fact that proved the organizers’ statement that the main goal of Kiev Fashion Days is education.
5. It was truly an international event. Press, bloggers, designers and just good friends from three continents and I lost count how many countries.
6. Before the event Kiev Fashion Blogger competition debuted (I guess they found more than a hundred of them. Who would have thought!! Sorry, it is a joke). Bloggers had to cover the event for a chance to win a trip to Paris to see Haute Couture Week shows.
7. Thieves Like Us performed at the opening party, Pete Doherty – at the closing.
Official website – partly in English
Show reviews by Vogue Italy
Day and Night in Kiev – an article by Godfrey Deeny, the editor of Fashion Wire Daily
Yvan Rodic: ‘Mnie nravica Kyiv!’ (I like Kiev)
Installations inside Mystetskiy Arsenal – picture post in the Ukrainian blog Cappuccino With Fashion (blog is in English)
YES! It is gorgeous Alla Kostromicheva on the picture above! She is wearing Valery Kovalska leather jacket and pants.