"The decision about whether this pre-collection should be produced, was taken during the lockdown, when the team was working remotely. It was the moment of new personal experience, of searching, rethinking, and of rebirth. The moment when everything rudimentary was gone, and only the most valuable remained – something truthful that usually hides under the layers of the acquired. Each of us was left alone with ourselves – and this experience of interacting with the essence of things grew into a starting point for us," says designer Lilya Litkovskaya.
The deconstruction of the contexts is expressed in silhouettes. The designer consciously refuses recognizable lines: there are no sharp shoulders – but the character remains, there are no deliberately masculine details, but there is the traditional tailoring. They intertwine in a novel fluid silhouette – in which LITKOVSKAYA is concentrated.
Garments are “falling apart” and transforming – to convey the feeling of endless possibilities in life that open up to those who know themselves and follow the call of their heart. Under the top layer of natural materials - linen and cotton - hides a tender core.
What might seem like a simple lining, a wrong side, an addition, comes to the fore and turns out to be the essence. It peeks out as an inner sleeve; it becomes a part of the back. The wrong side disappears.
The collection's color palette ranges from white and sky blue to black and brown. The main coloristic method of the collection is based on whitening: the process of immersing clothes in a solvent that rinses off the top coat of paint and returns the fabric to its original colour. Blue turns into white, black into brown, and the fabric retains the outlines of the liquid that returned it to the source.
At this time of purification and awareness, LITKOVSKAYA proves to have chosen the right path: from the FW19 / 20 season, we have been making artisanal pieces from recycled textile waste.
The pieces of fabric leftovers, samples, and vintage clothing are woven in a traditional way into a single canvas, which is then turned into clothing. We believe this will help us not only to preserve the craft and artisans but also to sustain the environment around us. The PRE SS 2021 collection also contains "Artisanal" items – a white cropped jacket and a miniskirt.