MBFW X UFW SHOW BOBKOVA // SS23
In cooperation with the Ukrainian Fashion Week, this season, Ukrainian designer Bobkova presented the opening show of MBFW Berlin.
Bobkova’s design language has always been minimalistic, with a strong focus on the craft and art of creating fashion. This season she showed monochrome looks with splashes of dark green and silver and contrasting ensembles in black and white.
With suits being Bobkova’s speciality, in this collection, feminine jackets and skirts of various silhouettes made an appearance. Not only did the shape draw attention to the suits but also the choice of fabric: Trousers were made out of wool and silk, showing a very relaxed fit while blending the masculine and feminine cuts perfectly.
Bobkova works with recycled materials and tries to be as sustainable as possible. This season, the designer used production waste from knitwear and turned it into hand-knitted details like pockets and cuffs. Other hand-knitted pieces integrate traditional Ukrainian features, and a quilted stole is completed in patchwork technique.
“I would like to showcase the culture and the unique Ukrainian traditions and crafts to the whole world”, says designer Kristina Bobkova about her inspiration for her brand. To do so this season, she collaborated with Ukrainian artist Illya Chichkan to create jewellery for the collection. His works have been exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and galleries in Europe, South and North America. He is part of the “Ukrainian New Wave” art movement, which developed in the 1990s.
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Words by Lea Egerer & Lisa Trautmann