BORN in UKRAINE — PROJECT by HELEN MARLEN MANDARIN

On August 15 Helen Marlen Group presented their new patriotic project “Born in Ukraine”. Within this project 5 successful Ukrainian designers who have already proclaimed themselves at the international arena presented their Fall Winter 2014-15 collections at Helen Marlen Mandarin store. Among the participants of the project there was Ksenia Schnaider.

 

Photographer: Inna Franco
Model: Kristina Gerasimova
Hair/make up: Julia Stets


INTERVIEW FOR PF

Playing with the paradox of tradition and technology, independent Ukrainian designer Ksenia Schnaider creates clothes that are a contemporary declaration of individual style.

The lost spirit of soviet life affects me, even though I do not realize the full extent of it. I think I am able to create something understandable worldwide but my designs always have a hint of nostalgia, even something orthodox mixed with modern Ukrainian clichés. I cannot close my eyes and pretend that I don’t see reality. I am confused how most Ukrainian designers can do so. I describe our everyday environment as “ugly beauty” and I work with it in my studio, trying to transform it into “flawless beauty”.

The lost spirit of soviet life affects me, even though I do not realize the full extent of it. I think I am able to create something understandable worldwide but my designs always have a hint of nostalgia, even something orthodox mixed with modern Ukrainian clichés. I cannot close my eyes and pretend that I don’t see reality. I am confused how most Ukrainian designers can do so. I describe our everyday environment as “ugly beauty” and I work with it in my studio, trying to transform it into “flawless beauty”.

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Gogol Glasses x Camogen by Ksenia Schnaider

Launch of the capsule collection, which includes 10 print designs, took place on March 29th during Ksenia Schaider’s show at Mercedes Benz Kiev Fashion Days FW’15. The collection includes a number of ‘peaceful’ camouflage varieties and unusual color options - an evident display of individuality and a very life-asserting slogan in the view of current situation in Ukraine #fashionforpeace.


KSENIA SCHNAIDER AT FASHION SCOUT LONDON

Ksenia Schnaider took part at Fashion Scout Exhibition during London Fashion Week.

 

From interview to Fashion Scout blog -

How does being Ukrainian influence your designs?

I am surrounded here in Ukraine by ugly beauty and I can't close my eyes and pretend that I don`t see this bad architecture, lots of advertising in the streets, homeless dogs and long grey winter days...  But somehow I can find beauty in all this. But I don`t use this sources directly in my design. For Ksenia Schnaider collections we're inspired by clothes themselves and we don`t play with reality. We only work with codes, utility and history of clothes.

- See more at: http://thefashionscoutsept09.blogspot.com/2013/02/interview-kiev-fashion-days-ksenia.html#sthash.gsNcGOOq.dpuf