The phrase ‘vogue’ encompasses greater than only a frequent understanding of mode or fashion. While particular person items could also be hanging, difficult, unnerving or daring, at its core, the drive of vogue is a uniting one — bridging tales everywhere in the world, displaying totally different sides of the universe and presenting the fantastic thing about every area’s vogue language.
Nevertheless, the splendour of the style world strikes concurrently to, and in dialog with, the troubles of our personal. After we attended the Visa Fashion Week within the Kazakhstan metropolis of Almaty, town grew to become engulfed in turmoil, dealing with a political disaster that put town via riots and brutality that took the lives of many.
Almaty has not but settled. However while there, it grew to become clear that there’s a creativity inside the Kazakh individuals that may guarantee their extended success, encouraging them to remain courageous and cheer one another on within the spirit of brotherhood throughout such a darkish time.
Solely few weeks in the past, Almaty as soon as extra revealed to the world its daring and flowing creativity. Throughout the third and 4th of December, this stunning and culturally kaleidoscopic metropolis in Central Asia hosted a significant celebration of vogue. When considering of the worldwide vogue ecosystem, this location settled amidst the Kazakh mountains in all probability, and wrongfully, received’t come shortly to thoughts, but when Visa Trend Week Almaty instructed us something, it’s that the style voice of the hidden gem of Almaty will quickly be too loud to disregard.
The 4th season of this vogue gathering was held and thoughtfully organised underneath the steering of Bauyrzhan Shadibekov, who fulfills extra than simply the function of VFWA CEO, but in addition the primary producer and ideological inspiration. Beneath his attentive eye and robust management, Kazakh vogue was linked to the worldwide group, and new faces and dazzling improvements had been launched to the bigger public. With this strategy, he managed to showcase totally different visions and designers from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Georgia and Ukraine, all united underneath the umbrella of Visa Trend Week Almaty. Throughout these two days of vogue, native and worldwide audiences had been in a position to witness an unbelievable and eclectic show of various moods, colors and kinds.
Schön! had an opportunity to attend these two days, and what grew to become some of the vital vogue moments of Central Asia. Now, Schön! highlights probably the most eye-catching collections of the Kazakh vogue scene.
Ainur Turisbek’s energetic and highly effective vogue could possibly be in comparison with a strobe mild. The native Kazakh inventive’s daring, sturdy, but vigorous assortment gave the impression to be a self-declarative gesture on this planet of vogue, calling consideration via its monotone crimson color block presentation and plenitude of textures reminiscent of knitwear, leather-based, fur, sequins, silk and tule. The gathering adal ALMA: powered by Jusan Make investments spoke not solely about magnificence, however the significance of open partnership within the fields of artwork and vogue.
One other matter that touched and impressed the designer and her assortment is her personal mom, after whom the gathering was named — Alma, whose title shares a tonality with the title of town of Almaty and means apple. The inventive impulse for making the gathering was led to by life and its perpetual rhythm, changing into the primary supply of inspiration for Ainur. An awesome contribution to the gathering was finished by legendary artist Tuomas Laitinen, who acted as a inventive producer. The wealth of supplies, daring silhouettes, floating lengthy clothes, cut-outs and equipment could possibly be interpreted as a kind of Kazakh Comme Des Garçons, infused with modernity and the highland tradition of the nation.
Lilia Litkovskaya is among the many strongest Kyiv-based designers working at this time, in a contemporary means fashioning Ukrainian tradition and heritage. The brand new assortment is bulletproof proof of her capability to take action. Her inspirational journey explored an enormous number of topics: Ukrainian poppy fields, shamanism in Ukrainian folklore and its symbolism, the ability of nature and summary works from American pop artist Keith Haring. All these matters are decodable in each single piece — although it may be mentioned that every implementation has been carried out in a really ‘Litkovskaya’ means. Signature masculine fits, outsized silhouettes and structural strains free from stereotypes and gender bias, with upcycled appears to be like filled with masculine vitality created for girls t0 let a wearer really feel empowered by the garments.
Apart from its minimalistic, well-constructed nature, the gathering is stuffed with symbols that pay homage to historical shaman tradition: particularly photo voltaic symbols just like the wheel of Samsara, the everlasting cycle of rebirth and the pleated cloth that recollects the solar’s rays. There are as effectively some attention-worthy particulars, reminiscent of uncooked edges, that illustrate a loving incompleteness and fixed strategy of creation, and use of braids frequent in Slavic nations — digging deeply into the roots of previous believers and their illustration of vitality.
For the Almaty vogue viewers, Georgian designer Datuna Sulikashvili offered a particular assortment that explored femininity and wearability all of sudden. Twisted with magnificence and minimalism — it’s within the model’s DNA, in spite of everything —Datuna showcases sturdy items for contemporary girls in signature colors like black, white and a few vivid hints of fuchsia. Along with gracious feminine appears to be like, the designer additionally implements his imaginative and prescient of male fashion, which can’t be left unnoticed. Highly effective in its softness, Sulikashvili’s male will not be afraid to embrace their mild traits. Having a theatrical undertone, every showcased look is stuffed with chicness and lightweight that emanates a classy but fragile spirit. Supplies like leather-based, silk, cashmere, wool, velour and others are contrasted, going round sharply and creating summary shapes that blithely move with the sunshine. Such a novel sense of a delicateness, and simultaneous robustness, is perhaps rooted in a historic notion of Georgian girls, who’ve been identified via time for a distinctively elegant fashion.
Visa Trend Week Almaty was an explosion of tradition, and we can’t wait to return.
phrases. Nino Sichinava