KSENIA SCHNAIDER x N-DUO CONCEPT STORE

Ksenia Schnaider’s capsule collection for N-Duo Concept store was presented at More Dash showroom during Paris Fashion Week at the end of September. As part of the public fashion movement #FASHIONFORPEACE, initiated by Daria Shapovalova, Ukrainian brand Ksenia Schnaider designed a capsule collection for an online concept store N-Duo-Concept.com, curated by Natuka Karkashadze and Nino Tsilosani. Presentation of the capsule collection attracted a vast audience to the More Dash showroom during Paris Fashion Week.

Ksenia Schnaider: “The #FASHIONFORPEACE movement inspired us to create this capsule collection that introduces Ukraine, its traditions and culture, in a positive and light-hearted manner. That’s why my moodboard was covered with pictures of costumes from Chervona Ruta, a 1971 Ukrainian pop-folk musical film, and video stills from eponymous Chervona Ruta festival - the first Ukrainian rock festival held back in 1989. I am very pleased that we could speak about Ukraine to fashion industry professionals during Paris Fashion Week in such a friendly atmosphere, and very grateful to everyone who attended."

Daria Shapovalova: "The idea of #FASHIONFORPEACE resonates with more and more fashion insiders. Founders of the N-duo-concept store - Natuka Karkashadze and Nino Tsilosani - offered to collaborate with a Ukrainian designer, and Ksenia Schnaider came up with such a great idea. The Ksenia Schnaider x N-Duo Concept collection is very deep and memorable."

Natuka Karkashadze: "We just fell in love with Daria’s brilliant idea - #FASHIONFORPEACE - and are very happy to join the initiative, supporting a Ukrainian designer during this difficult period for their country. Ksenia Schnaider created lovely dresses in the spirit of traditional Ukrainian costume, but so modern and wearable. It was very nice to host the event together with Daria Shapovalova - the most inspiring and positive person in 

The presentation in More Dash showroom was attended by Aliona Doletskaya (Interview Magazine), Robb Young (Business of Fashion), Suzy Menkes (Vogue International Editor), Sarah Mower (fashion critic), Dasha Veledeeva (Harper's Bazaar Russia), Masha Tsukanova and Tatiana Solovey (Vogue Ukraine), Karina Dobrotvorskaya (Vogue Russia), Adam Katz Sinding (W Magazine, Le21eme), Yvan Rodic (Facehunter), Candela Novembre (blogger), Eugenia and Irina Linovich (designers and socialites), as well as designers Anouki Areshidze (Anouki), Anna K, Kostya Omelya (OMELYA), Valery Kovalska, ZDZD, Natia Chkhartishvili (Eshvi), Anna October, Alisa Kuzembaeva, Anton Galetskiy (Galetsky Moscow), Julia Paskal (Paskal), Nurgiz Tasybaeva (De Guisse) and many others. Beppe Angiolini (buyer for Sugar Arezzo, Italy), Sivano Vangi (buyer for Luisa Via Roma, Italy), Elena Paschenko and Alexandra Borodina (buyers for Helen Marlen, Ukraine), Livia Gregoretti (Livia Gregoretti showroom, Italy), Georgia Viola were there to see the collection and congratulate Ksenia Schnaider.

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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