Sunday, 13 October 2013

from Odessa with flair

"Every city has a sex and an age which have nothing to do with demography. Rome is feminine. So is Odessa...” English
painter and author John Peter Berger wrote comparing London
and Paris gender yet the womanliness of the city on the Black 
Sea tells the attitude towards style of whole Ukraine.

Odessa-born young designer Masha Reva signs her second
collaboration with Kiev's brand Syndacate after the well
received 'Botanical Layers' (here) ironically viewing on
how Ukrainians yearn for an upscale attire and their 
own misconceptions about elegance.

Called the 'Odessa Series', Reva's s/s 2014 collection plays
with contradictory emblems such overpriced pieces of jewelry
from Christie's auctions paired with flowers, gold watches or
cheap vintage brooches found in a flea market of Odessa
showing the designer's signature bold graphic prints.

Reva's witty take on Ukrainian kitsch that skillfully mixes the
country's rich traditional iconography with global influences
in gorgeously printed collage sweatshirts is superbly empha-
sized by London-based Polish image maker Madame Peripetie
who worked together with stylist Stella Gosteva to create the
awesome images of the lookbook. From Odessa with flair.

> all images © by Madame Peripetie, style by Stella Gosteva <

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