Kazakhstan Fashion Week gathers best designers

ASTANA – Some of the world’s best fashion designers showcased latest offerings April 10-13 at the Abai State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre and Dostyk Plaza in Almaty for the 25th season of Kazakhstan Fashion Week (KFW).

Photo credit: today.kz.

Photo credit: today.kz.

The show included collections by local and foreign designers, including Yerlan Zholdasbek, Judy Ai, Tamara Lamanukaeva, Sergey Shabunin, Arunaz, Di Siitova, By Sipa (Uzbekistan), Sophia (Russia), Giedi Afw (Azerbaijan), Dinara Satzhan, Naiyl Baikuchukov, Zineb Joundy Ofs (Morocco), Bouchra Filali Ofs (Morocco), Hany el Behairy Ofs (Egypt), Zharuma Ayza (Russia), Alex Chzhen by One To One and Tara Jarmon (France).

“It is amazing, but we, as organisers, note that the spring fashion week is always different from the autumn one. Given that this is still an autumn-winter collection, nevertheless, we have many sunny collections. I do not know what it depends on. This may be because designers send their applications to visit spring Almaty or because the autumn-winter season attracts more attention of designers. Although such a collection requires more investment than creating a spring-summer one,” said KFW public relations director Gulbahor Hassanova, according to kursiv.kz.

Kazakh designer Sergey Shabunin presented the autumn-winter 2018/19 collection featuring European style of the 1940s intertwined with the exquisite oriental themes, inform.kz reports.

“One of the trends of the season – indulgent darkness formed the basis of the autumn-winter collection. The charm of decadence and the brilliance of golden Hollywood set the main tone of the collection. The paradox is that darkness is not absolute and the passions are raging even in a black hole. Denying black, the collection still plays with colour, which fills it with bright, but restrained colours. Sensuality and femininity are the two most important elements of the collection,” Shabunin said.

The ARUNAZ Atelier brand, founded in 2014, presented a bright and distinctive collection in ethno-style at the KFW.

“We want to demonstrate our vision of female beauty and her nature in the fashion language. I was inspired by folk crafts, namely patchwork. Quilting or patchwork is not a new technique. Even our grandmothers and great-grandmothers made patchwork quilts and cushions from pieces of cloth during long winter evenings. The collection reveals a multifaceted universe of the woman’s inner world, consisting of many contradictions,” ARUNAZ Atelier founder Nazym Karpykova noted.

“Traditional ethno-style, reflected in the images, is taken as the basis of the entire collection: here you can see dresses and images of different styles from laconic and streamlined forms to unconventional and intricate styles. The versatility of the collection is reflected both in the textures of fabrics and in the elements of ornaments,” she added.


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