Fashion weeks usually start at a slow pace and end with a bang. Ukrainian Fashion Week is different in this sense: year after year it gets opened with one of the best shows of the entire Week – Poustovit.
When I caught up with the live streaming, a song in English was playing, models strutted down the catwalk in usual Poustovit printed dresses, but the show stroke me immediately as having a strong French vibe to it. As it turned out, the collection was indeed inspired by the French actor and singer Françoise Hardy and the 60s. But how did the designer create that illusion? Was it a darker palette, models’ nonchalant bangs or shiny brogues that contributed to it? None of those elements has “France” written all over it. But the mystery of a perfect fashion show is that, being an exciting charade, it is neither too obscure nor too obvious.
Knitwear is Nadya Dzyak‘s middle name. For fall, she used chunky hand-knitted details to contrast with sleek silhouettes and lightweight but warm fabrics. There is so much that can be done with a pair of needles or a crochet hook, but this collection’s only extravagant feature is trendy color- and texture-blocking.
With the good part of Ukrainian fashion being traditionally printless and fall-winter even more so, I’m relieved to see a beautiful print that looks very much like animal skin, but is in fact inspired by tree bark.
More shows of Day 1:
All pictures courtesy of fashionweek.ua