The resident of Ukrainian Fashion Week - Lake Studio - presents the SS20 collection "The Royal Lotus". Design duo Olesya Kononova and Anastasia Ryabokon this time reflected on the aesthetics and traditions of Asia.
The designer's previous collection was dedicated to the Great Silk Road, a place where Eastern and Western traditions merge.
"A separate project dedicated to Asia is a logical continuation of our study," the designers added.
The starting point in the work on the collection were the engravings of Chinese artist Zhang Datsyan. He is inspired by the beauty of nature, plants and wildlife - views that Lake Studio designers fully share. Datsyan's brush stroke softness, pastel shades and watercolor translucency make it into the brand's new collection.
Another source of inspiration was the image of a samurai girl. She is feminine, timid, yet at the same time militant, possesses fencing, hand-to-hand combat and has special courage of spirit. This mood - a combination of tenderness and strength - is clearly evident in The Royal Lotus' new collection. In addition, it is the name of the Chinese tradition to wrap the feet of affluent girls with bandages so that they do not grow up and remain tiny throughout their lives. That custom, of course, deformed the feet, and the process itself was very painful.
"We wanted to convey the idea of comfortable beauty, of fashion that does not require such sacrifices," Lake Lake designers explain.
The collection includes everyday and evening items. The iconic Lake Studio dresses, combinations and prints are accentuated by Asian details. There are also many one-size-fits-all items in the collection that are only regulated by strings.
Lake Studio dresses are delicate and translucent and their delicacy is accentuated by lapel-less jackets - in Japanese fashion - and by samurai-inspired dresses. The accessory line is particularly rich: in addition to the samurai armor imitations, it includes decorative home slippers, square toe shoes and a whole series of malachite, turquoise and river pearls - brooches and combs, as well as handmade imperial earrings and pendants.
The collection is dominated by pastel colors that contrast with the bright prints. The exception is rich red, characteristic of Chinese tradition, purple and gold. This range is combined with laconic and minimalistic silhouettes: straight, geometric, without draperies and shutters. Among the fabrics used are Japanese viscose, cotton, jacquard, viscose, various types of silk.
Photo: Ksenia Kargina Style: Sonya Soltes Location: House "Scrub" by architect Sergei Makhna