Yasia Khomenko of RCR Khomenko and Dariia Lagenberg of Zirochka have long been well-known designers in Ukraine. This season, they came to together to collaborate. Both women are very patriotic and, naturally, a Ukrainian motif is typically present in their collections.
Set in Kiev’s Mariinsky Park inside of a Soviet amphitheater, the theme of the collection was based on the “sacral uniform of Ukrainian girls.” According to Khomenko, she was referencing a costume worn centuries ago in Ukraine. She added, “We wanted to show how all that local stuff can be used nowadays by cool girls.” No doubt there was a cool factor: Shirtdresses were asymmetrically deconstructed and dotted with pagan-like patches designed by Vlad’s Dimitrova, a local graphic artist. By far the most eye-catching look was fully checkered and made of a grass-green skirt and a blue button-up that flared outward. Stay tuned to see how they produce a version of the piece intended for day-to-day wear.