April 3, 2014
By Marcellous L. Jones
Paris, France – The Lviv Fashion Week has announced that it has postponed the Fall Winter 2014/15 of its catwalk shows, citing the recent geopolitical situation as the reason behind the decision. For months, the country has been embroiled in a political tug-of-war that opposes those in the country who wish for closer ties to the West and those who want closer union with Russia.
The fashion week’s official site said,
“Due to the tense situation in Ukraine, the dates of Lviv Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2014 have been postponed until May. The next edition of Lviv Fashion Week will be held on 7-11 May, the main venue will be the Danylo Halytskyi International Airport “Lviv”. Journalist accreditation starts on 15 March, for more information see “Press”. Announcing press-conference will take place at the end of April; date and time will be informed additionally.
At the same time, we support our Ukrainian Fashion Week colleagues in Kyiv who are holding the planned event on 14-19 March under very difficult conditions and wish them a successful, but above all peaceful, organization of fashion shows.”
The Lviv Fashion Week takes place twice a year in the western Ukrainian namesake city Lviv. It hosts international guests designers from Paris, Poland, the Republic of Georgia, etc. And though it is far younger than the Kiev-based Ukrainian Fashion Week, it attracts top designers to its catwalks such as Roksolana Bugutska, the queen of Ukraine’s fashion world.
In February, Lviv and its surrounding regions which is home to 2.5 million persons, declared independence from now deposed Ukraine president Yanukovich. Just under two years ago the city also played co-host to the UEFA Euro 2012., one of the world’s biggest sporting events.