Promoting fashion in its purest form, Daria Shapovalova set the stage in 2010 with the Kyiv Fashion Days project, showcasing local talent while bringing in big names in the design biz. On its seventh season, the event, now backed by the luxurious Mercedes Benz brand, opens next week, and continues along its cutting edge path of ball gowns and Bolero jackets. Packing a variety of programmes and presentations into this four-day event, grab yourself an invitation (if you can) and start making a list of all the lust-haves for next season.
Fashion Scout Kyiv is an international programme of presentations, including a showroom of the best designers around Eastern Europe. Mercedes Benz Kyiv Fashion Days’s Daria Shapovalova says, “Fashion Scout Kyiv is a project that has been held successfully in London and Paris, and Kyiv will continue the tradition. Our joint goal with our British partners is to make Kyiv the central meeting place of all young and talented designers from Eastern Europe and the post-Soviet countries.”
The founder of Fashion Scout Martin Roberts says, “Kyiv is the first step for designers who are willing and ready to enter the international market.” Roberts, along with other international guests of the fashion industry, will be holding a series of special mentoring sessions for all participating designers as well public lectures for all guests of MBKFD.
As a trade show for designers of jewellery and accessories, Levels is another great event held under MBKFD. There is a rapidly growing number of designers creating unique jewellery and accessories in Ukraine, many of whom will be on hand to showcase their work.
Kyiv Fashion Institute is a “rich and unique” project providing lectures and master classes by leading local and international experts. Held for the second time, watch for some big names!
And, as an added bonus, Mercedes Benz will be presenting their new concept car at the opening, the all-new 2015 Mercedes Benz GLA-Class.
It’s Me is a brand for independent individuals who do not accept the system of the general masses. For these people, the design, not the brand, is the most important.
– Dina Lynnyk, Ukrainian designer
My designs convey the beauty and joy that I value in my own life. I want to bring softness and elegance to an urban feminine wardrobe and to help a woman express her individuality through her unique clothing. The final goal is to build a strong and recognisable brand.
– Irina Krasilnikova, Ukrainian designer
I am a graphic designer, but my roots go deep into art. In creating this new collection, I want to connect the line between art and fashion. I will be presenting energetic creations, which are sensual and full of contradictions, clean lines and modern silhouettes.
– Rybalko, Ukrainian designer
Just as in life, I don’t want to feel any boundaries in fashion. Trying my hand at Fashion Scout Kyiv challenges me, and I am not sure my work will be understood by everyone, but I do not want to become part of the mainstream either. I am ready and very excited to introduce my fairytale world.
– Petra Ptackova, Czech designer
Mercedes Benz Kyiv Fashion Days
Olimpiyskiy Stadium (V Vasylkivska 55)
Thursday 17 October
19.00 Grand Opening MBKFD
19.00 Mercedes Benz GLA presentation
Friday 18 October
17.00 Fashion Scout Kyiv Group Shows: Kateryna Kvit, Nikolay Legenda, A–Z
18.00 MBKFD Individual Catwalk Shows: Natasha Zinko
19.00 MBKFD Individual Catwalk Shows: Omelya Atelier
20.00 Presentation: Comme Des F*ck Down
21.00 Special Closed Event
Saturday 19 October
14.00 Fashion Scout Kyiv Group Shows: Taras Volyn, Lara Quint
15.00 Fashion Scout Kyiv Group Shows: Annet Amegan, Pungits, Ksenia Mamedova
16.00 Fashion Scout Kyiv Group Shows: Tumqo, Alisa Kuzembaeva, Rybalko
16.30 Fashion Scout Kyiv Presentations: Julianna
17.00 MBKFD Individual Catwalk Shows: Lera Leshchova
17.30 Fashion Scout Kyiv Presentations: Jealousy
18.00 MBKFD Individual Catwalk Shows: Yasya Minochkina
18.30 Fashion Scout Kyiv Presentations: Confashion
19.00 MBKFD Individual Catwalk Shows: Paskal
19.30 Olo Fashion: UGG Australia Presentation
20.00 MBKFD Individual Catwalk Shows: Felder Felder
20.30 Fashion Scout Kyiv Presentations: Tigran Avetisyan
21.00 MBKFD Individual Catwalk Shows: Sasha Kanevski
Sunday October 20
14.00 Fashion Scout Kyiv Group Shows: Ostel, Aika Alemi, Krasilnokova
15.00 Fashion Scout Kyiv Group Shows: Yvette, Sheldon, Bogdan Kass
16.00 Fashion Scout Kyiv Group Shows: RCR Khomenko, It’s Me by Dina Lynnyk, Petra Ptachkova
17.00 MBKFD Individual Catwalk Shows: Design It Winner
17.30 Fashion Scout Kyiv Presentations: Passe Detoil
18.00 MBKFD Individual Catwalk Shows: Ivanova
18.30 Fashion Scout Kyiv Presentations: Ksenia Schnaider
19.00 MBKFD Individual Catwalk Shows: Lia Syn
19.30 Fashion Scout Kyiv Presentations: Kravetz
20.00 MBKFD Individual Catwalk Shows: Anton Belinsky
21.00 MBKFD Individual Catwalk Shows: Anna October
by Lana Nicole