London Fashion Week celebrates Ukrainian designers Ksenia Schnaider, Paskal and Frolov with catwalk show
Daniel Lee’s debut Burberry show, Florence Pugh opening for Harris Reed, and a star-studded Moncler presentation might be the talk of London Fashion Week right now, but there’s other cause for conversation, too. While the capital’s catwalk schedule is usually a time to celebrate British talent, be it born or nurtured, this year's also shone a spotlight on skills and artistry from overseas, namely from Ukraine.
Yesterday, Ukrainian designers Ksenia Schnaider, Paskal and Frolov presented their collections within the UFW International Season autumn/winter 2023 show – a year after the fashion community celebrated 25 years of Ukrainian Fashion Week, which happened just weeks before Russia first invaded Ukraine.
Models walked down the brightly-lit runway in an array of stencilled butterfly and floral designs, heart-shaped cut-out sequinned dresses, knitted pink and red jumpers, and navel-baring tops, with the designers concluding their presentations by walking out on the catwalk wearing blue and yellow ribbons on their lapels to represent the colours of the Ukrainian flag.
Founder and creative director Ksenia Schnaider said ahead of the presentation: "This show is very important to us. It is a signal that we continue to function as a brand, create new collections and won't lose heart. London is one of the best places for such a manifestation because the attention of the entire global fashion community is focused here. It's important to send a signal to the world that Ukraine is a wonderful country that's capable of creativity under any condition."
This season, the British Fashion Council (BFC) and LFW have joined the ‘Support Ukrainian Fashion’ Initiative, which has been launched by Ukrainian Fashion Week to help Ukrainian designers following the Russia-Ukraine war, which began a year to the day on Friday, February 24.
Julie Paskal, founder and creative director of Paskal, said: "Today, more than ever, we need creativity to support the spirit in times of war. To create, not to destroy, is our vocation. For me, this show is a manifestation of our will to live. It is the realisation of our power to create in spite of everything. Despite working in the most unstable and difficult conditions, under the sounds of air sirens…
"Together with the team, we continue to work on the collections. We know what we are working for – for the sake of our common blooming future. Thanks to the dedicated work of the UFW team and the support of our British colleagues and the American people, we have the opportunity to present Ukrainian culture to the world and the opportunity to develop our business on the international stage during the war."
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