Wednesday, 6 November 2013

the road to Oksana

Could the color palette of an outfit change following the
wearer's emotions? The intriguing concept came to inspire
Lithuanian-born young designer Oksana Anilionyte who
worked on her s/s collection while finishing her studies.

Oksana studied at the Vilniaus Universitetas, the Vilnius
University, before moving to London where she graduated
this summer with a BA (Hons) in fashion design technology
specialising in womenswear from London College of Fashion
with significant experiences interning in London and Paris
at Giles Deacon, Alexander McQueen and Martin Margiela.

She was inspired by three different films by Italian movie
director Michelangelo Antonioni, 'L'Avventura', 'La Notte'
and 'Eclipse', movies focused on how people are influenced
by the modern world and their feelings yet her imagination
went wild noticing that Antonioni pictured a woman's color
palette changing according to her own feelings.

Oksana's take on femininity shows minimalistic clothes in
which a bunch of simple features such as cuts and drapes
are used to generate the maximum effect: clothes with a
modern simplicity subtly combining her knack for color
with organic prints (vivid foliage motifs) and tufting 
embroideries with fluid seam lines and flattering silhouettes.
A collection that can easily go on for the whole year and
not only for summer: ”Due to the famously unpredictable
British weather the summer collection even includes a
coat, while the remainder of the collection 
is mainly dresses” she came to declare.

I really dig the images taken by famed fashion editorials
photographer Nhu Xuan Hua for DEW magazine's #10
Art Issue called 'The Imprinted Figure' featuring Anilionyte's
outfits. The photographer teamed up with fellow make up
and hair artist Pace Chen aka Pace by Pace (a 2011 LCF's
graduate with whom Nhu Xuan signed collaborations by

the dozen) to visually enhance the modernity of the young
designer's looks. DEW is the online fashion magazine
”dedicated to support talents who have personality and  

style” and here we plainly find both. Let me bawl my
smeared-lipstick kudos to the three of them!

> all images © by Nhu Xuan Hua, for DEW magazine <

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