Ukrainian Babes – For the November 2013 edition of Elle Ukraine, fashion models Alla Kostromicheva, Alina Balkova, Antonina Vasylchenko and Viktoriya Sasonkina star in a series of shots taken by photographer Andrew Yee of Atelier Management. Styled by Christopher Campbell, the Ukrainian belles don looks from Phillip Lim, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Celine and more. / Makeup by Walter Obal, Hair by Shlomi Mor, Nails by Mar Y Sol
Comportamento Padrão – Alla Kostromicheva embraces a wardrobe of bold prints and even more vibrant colors for Kevin Sinclair’s latest work featured in the May issue of Vogue Portugal. The Ukrainian model hits the studio in the eye-catching designs of Dior, Peter Som, Fendi and Missoni amongst others styled by Andrew Holden. Multi-colored hair courtesy of Yoichi Tomizawa makes Alla a cotton candy dream. / Makeup by Fumi Akinakagawa
Ukrainian Pride – Lensed by Yelena Yemchuk (2b Management) for the March 2013 debut issue of Vogue Ukraine, homegrown models Alla Kostromicheva, Snejana Onopka, Natalia, Juju Ivanyuk, Ella Kandyba, Mariya Markina, Evelina Mambetova, Alina Baikova, Antonia Vasylchenko and Naty Chabanenko pose for the editorial in striking portraits. Styled by Julie Pelipas, these vibrant beauties don a wardrobe of fused fashion from designer labels. / Hair by Igor Lomov and Theo Dekan
Cosmopolitan Bred – Wearing a wardrobe of modern ensembles for the cosmopolitan life, model Alla Kostromicheva stands out in the pages of Numéro Tokyo’s December issue, photographed by Carlotta Manaigo (2b Management). Fashion editor Akari Endo-Gaut selects a mix of color blocking and voluminous proportions from labels such as Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga and Prada in a city setting. / Hair by Shin Arima, Makeup by Serge Hodonou
Tensegrity – Axel Lindahl (WM Artist Management) captures this high impact film starring Alla Kostromicheva for Interview Magazine. The fashion video features designs from the likes of Acne, McQueen, Prada and Yves Saint Laurent selected by stylist Emma Thorstrand. Jarring sounds and quick-pace editing set the tone for this thrilling video. / Hair by Mika Lundgren, Makeup by Katarina Hakansson
The Seductress – Alla Kostromicheva goes uncharacteristically blonde for the April cover shoot of Harper’s Bazaar Mexico. The platinum coif allows Alla to tap into her inner vixen with slinky dresses selected by stylist Lidia Aguilera which feature the work of Gucci, Herve Leger, Blumarine and many more. JM Ferrater captures the beauty with glam hair and makeup by beauty artist Daniel Rull. / Art direction by Jotaeme
Dior’s Classic Fall – Bill Gaytten looked towards the archives for inspiration with his second mainline collection for Dior’s fall 2012 presentation. With still no official word on a permanent creative director, the new season showcased demure forties and fifties inspired silhouettes in a muted color palette of taupe, black and burgundy. Despite the lack of Galliano opulence, Gaytten offered a lovely refinement for the autumn season with ballerina inspired shapes. Cinched jackets, pleated skirts and jewelry style embellishments dominate the Dior woman’s wardrobe for autumn.
Mugler’s Insect Fall – For fall 2012, Mugler creative director Nicola Formichetti looked towards the archives for inspiration with Thierry Mugler’s 1997 “Insect” collection. The new season plays with arthropod shapes, featuring winged shoulders, furry sleeves, high slits and insect-like cut outs. A color palette of mostly black and white lets the shapes of autumn stand out. For the final section of the show, Formichetti sent out a parade of all black with lightweight hoods and sheer sleeves.
Black on Black – Gareth Pugh delivered his signature gothic style for his namesake label’s fall 2012 collection presented during Paris Fashion Week. Pugh ditched last season’s bondage inspired shapes for more tribal designs complete with fringe dresses, leather outerwear and fur embellishments. High necklines, some of which that even cover the face, were matched with thin headbands, clunky boots and winged shoulders in all black and grey for the new season. Whether donning zipped up capes or shaggy coats, the Pugh woman knows how to bundle up for the upcoming winter.
Raf’s Farewell to Jil Sander – With news of Raf Simons’ departure from Jil Sander hitting this week (and a possible move to Dior), fall 2012 marks the last season that the Belgian designer will be known as creative director of the German label. It only seems fitting that his final season featured an expert showing of minimal, ladylike clothing which the house has become well-known for while under his direction. A color palette of powder pink, nude, ivory, scarlet and black set a classically refined tone for the new season. Simons also introduced his own take on well-known shapes with a play on proportion and color.
As one chapter closes, another one opens. Designer Jil Sander is set to take over her namesake label once again with Simons’ departure, and it will certainly be interesting to see what her vision is for the label’s future.