Eastern Europe is thriving with new design talent. WGSN Associate Editor Laura Yiannakou shares her top picks for S/S 16
Eastern Europe’s fashion scene is ever expanding, with cool design talents emerging from Russia, Ukraine and Budapest. Here’s the top three womenswear designers you should be keeping an eye out for.
Designer Anastasia Gassi launched Ivka in 2014 after graduating from London’s Central Saint Martins College with a degree in contemporary art. Based in Moscow, the brand focuses on “the statement of minimalism” with a “less-is-more” attitude. Gassi works with rich and sumptuous materials, giving her collection a luxurious feel.
Tako Mekvabidze is largely inspired by his travels around Eastern Europe and the handcrafted items and ornaments produced there. The designer explored combinations of lace, organza, guipure and embroidery within his S/S 16 collection, showcased this season at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia.
Designer Alena Akhmadullina founded her label in 2001, and the Russian brand has grown from strength to strength ever since. Akhmadullina’s collections were exhibited at Paris Fashion Week in 2005, and the launch of her concept store in Moscow soon followed. Akhmadullina’s signature style draws inspiration from “Russian fairytales”, giving “modern women the opportunity to bring dream into their lives”.
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