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Ekaterina Kukhareva: London Fashion Week A/W 2013 Catwalk Review

Seventies wallpaper glitz at Freemasons' Hall with Fashion Scout from Ekaterina Kukhareva on Tuesday 19th February 2013

Written by Jenny Robins

Ekaterina Kukhareva - lfw aw 2013 - catwalk

If you’d been with me and Amelia earlier in the weekend when she hastily gave me a beginners 101 in handling an SLR camera (kindly lent to me by Frances Bonnington), then you’d have been amused to see me passing on the same lesson to my two neighbours in the second row at the upstairs catwalk space at Freemasons’ Hall.

Ekaterina Kukhareva - lfw - aw13 - jenny robins - amelias magazine
Ekaterina Kukhareva A/W 2013 by Jenny Robins

I don’t know what the odds are of three fashion writers ending up next to each other with the exact same Nikon camera and me being the least clueless about how to use it, but it seems like one of those comedy inevitabilities of fashion week. Possibly it’s the way things are going with more and more publications and blogs getting in on the catwalk frenzy without the aid of an official photographer, but with a definite need for images in the visual heavy world of contemporary journalism. Or something.

Ekaterina Kukhareva 1 - amelias magazine - lfw AW 2013

Ekaterina Kukhareva‘s collection was not what could be called contemporary looking, however it was exciting and somewhat psychedelic. The towering models with their novelty oversized hair rollers (by Lara Jensen) were the personification of a 70′s baroque sofa, resplendent in highly patterned sparkly viscose knits in a colour palette of retro fuschias, violets and turquoises.

Ekaterina Kukhareva - lfw aw 2013 - catwalk 1
ekaterina kukhareva - lfw aw 2013 - catwalk 2
I don’t know if it was the shoes or the direction, but the models walked like military marionettes, all stiff legs and startled expressions.

Gabriela Romagna - amelias magazine - lfw aw 2013 - Ekaterina Kukhareva
Ekaterina Kukhareva A/W 2013 by Gabriela Romagna

The PR spiel on the collection contained the story of a group of bored housewives tripping to exotic locations, endowing them with ‘empowered lucidity‘. I’m all for feminine empowerment, but not sure that becoming at one with one’s wallpaper thanks to a chemical binge is the way for it.

Ekaterina Kukhareva 2 - amelias magazine - lfw AW 2013

Ekaterina Kukhareva 3 - amelias magazine - lfw AW 2013

Still, great to see this inventive designer’s intricate patterns artfully deployed across these body-con pieces, certainly living up to the opulance of the show space and the high expectations of the audience.


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