UKRAINIAN BEST FASHION AWARDS 2014

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On September 9 the 5th Ceremony of the BEST FASHION AWARDS in Ukraine was held.

The BEST FASHION AWARDS are the only professional awards in Ukrainian fashion. It was started by Ukrainian Fashion Week at 2010 for and awarding the achievements of fashion designers and public leaders, who create a positive international image of the Ukraine.

The BEST FASHION AWARDS are determined every year –  a group of Experts evaluate collections of two fashion seasons. This year I was the one of 39 Experts: journalists, fashion critics, buyers and of public leaders. For me it was great honor and great responsibility. The only point of my choice, that coincided with the objective opinion of most experts, was the “Best Menswear Designer”: when I saw the F/W 2014-2015 collection of SASHA KANEVSKIY, I want to have every piece of it in my wardrobe.

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The most important nomination – “Breakthrough of the year” – won young and very talented IVAN FROLOV.

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The BEST FASHION AWARD “For Significant Contribution into Development of Ukrainian Fashion” quite deservedly got KATYA OSADCHA – one of the best TV-reporters in Ukraine, who represent our country all around the world.

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I heartily hope that Ukraine will be in peace and prosperity, that Ukrainian fashion will develop and that next BEST FASHION AWARDS will reveal many new fashion talents.

Sincerely Your’s,

Myroslav Melnyk )

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Vyshyvanka from Lviv (Вишиванка зі Львова)

3812172Vyshyvanka (embroidered shirt) is the most important item of Ukrainian traditional costume. The story of vyshyvanka goes back centuries. The ancient historian Herodotus notes that Scythian apparel was decorated with embroidery. This garment has withstood the test of time and continues to represent Ukrainian people while adapting to the modernity.

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The embroidery of vyshyvanka  is rich and varied. The motives of ornaments, composition, colours were handed down from generation to generation. All this varies depending on the region of origin. In ancient times people even could guess what village a person came from just from the embroidery on the vyshyvanka.

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The original meaning of ornaments and colors on vyshyvanka was symbolic  –  it protects the wearer from evil and sin. Now people think about the meaning of embroidery much less, vyshyvanka has become a stylish clothes. Today you can see it on the streets, on the catwalks and in the halls of fashion weeks and fashion days across the Ukraine. The most popular fashion designer, who present vyshyvankas in her collections is Roksolana Bogutska from Lviv.

Lviv is a cultural center of Westen Ukraine, where vyshyvanka is extremely popular. Wearing traditional Ukrainian embroidered shirts, people demonstrate their love to the Ukraine and the honour of it’s traditions.DSC_0006DSC_0014DSC_0034DSC_0036DSC_0037DSC_0038DSC_0050

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The art of fashion at GOGOLFEST-2014

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Changing our ideas about the usual things is one of the modern art functions. The Ukrainian art festival Gogolfest 2014 (Kiev, September 11 – 21) will present a clothes as an object of art: team of young designers, leading by Polina Veller, will change the way we think about clothes.

Polina Veller is known for her works for the Pechersk Plastic Drama Theatre and Dach Daughters band. The basis of her creative style is the combination of different textures, complicated colours, unusual materials, multistage constructions.

31 12132Within Residence at GOGOLFEST-2014, Polina has already conducted a series of workshops on making art costumes using the original techniques: riveting, soldering and stapling. Using vinyl and plastic, artificial grass and mesh, Polina’s team created unusual forms – not always functional, but aesthetically expressive.

According to the organizers’ plans, the best costumes will be presented at the opening сeremony of GOGOLFEST-2014 and other performances during the festival.DSC_0143 DSC_0027

We hope, that such bold creative experiments will help to move our fashion forward. Young Ukrainian fashion must be expressive to present the country internationally. So, with GOGOLFEST everything is just beginning!

For more information, please visit http://gogolfest.org/eng/newsdded6f0ef96a57936d3052503185bee6

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Top 5 young Ukrainian designers from MODOSLAV

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Dedicated то Ukraine’s Independence Day, we asked our favourite young designers about Ukraine

 

Anton Belinskiy established himself at the Mercedes-Benz Kiev Fashion Days as one of the most promising and original Ukrainian designers. His creative style is sporty and geometrical, always with  combination of different material textures.

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Anton Belinskiy: Ukraine is my Homeland

 

Masha Reva has winning a lot of designer’s competitions, an intern at the New York Thakoon studio and at the Belgian designer Walter Van Beyrendonk. She is one of the most promising Ukrainian designers in a creative and commercial aspect.

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Masha Reva: Ukraine – is firstly my family, our cottage at Bugaz and, of course, it’s  Odessa. This unique place of power where I always come back, full of energy that remind me that family is the most valuable thing.

 

Jean Gritsfeldt is the perfect model for his own collections. He boldly quoted by famous designers and works on the edge of kitsch and outrageous. He is one of the “young favorites” at Ukrainian fashion week.

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Jean Gritsfeldt: Ukraine is my home

 

Ivan Frolov‘s motto is «INTELLIGENT PROVOCATION AND SEX”. His gothic and androgenic collections often contain elements of BDSM-suits. The designer uses a lot of hand work and collaborating with musicians.

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Ivan Frolov: I’ll think about “What is Ukrain for me”, becouse It’s not so easy to tell.

 

Lviv artist and designer Olya Steblack inspired by both Ukrainian and international art, espessially surrealism. Her spring-summer 2014 collection has a clear social message against the war, in which Ukraine was involved recently.

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Olya Steblack: Ukraine – this is my love, love to the Carpathians, near which I has grew up, love to fields and steppes, that’s not just my eyes rejoiced to extremely beautiful, sincere and dedicated people; love to the culture, which builds a rich and ambiguous ethnicity, love emergency language and Ukrainian songs. Unfortunately, recent events shows us that Ukraine is a country of so called “Third World” and it’s not strong enough, so we see that part of it become a ground to show off a brutal power to the “Lords of the weapon”. But this will cease very soon. Ukraine will win 🙂

 

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INSPIRED BY UKRAINE: Eduard Nasyrov & Hanna Sobachko

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I make some collages with compositions of Hannah Sobachko (Hanna Sobachko-Shostak) – genious Ukrainian folk artist, who was a famous embroiderer at 1920-th and later become a master of decorative compositions on paper .

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Inspired by Ukraine: Jean Paul Gaultier

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After visiting the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 in Kiev, Jean Paul Gaultier created very beautiful collections in which the influence of traditional Ukrainian costume was very noticeable. So Gaultier’s fall-winter 2005/2006 Haute Couture and spring-summer 2006 pret-a-porter collections were inspired by Ukraine.

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The guest of honor at Jean Paul Gaultier fall-winter 2005/2006 Haute Couture was Kateryna Yushchenko, the wife of  the president of the Ukraine. Every outfin at that show has Ukrainian name and all sectors in the show hall were named like Ukrainian regions.Nem1

Jean Paul Gaultier spring-summer 2006 pret-a-porter collection was rich of ethno elements, espessially embroidered blouses (vyshyvanka – the Ukrainian traditional clothing ).0466069bad168ca7aa91e16cad40dba884

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INSPIRED BY UKRAINE: John Galliano

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Flashback: John Galliano’s fall-winter 2009/2010 collection was inspired by traditional Ukrainian costume. It was very fresh look at our ethnic culture and very creative work with forms, cut and decoration. The fashion journalists have called this collection “The frosen bride”, becouse Galliano styled traditional ukrainian headwear like a veil & embroidered shirt (vyshyvanka) like a wedding dress.

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