October 31, 2015
By Marcellous L. Jones
Photos by Igor Fedoriv
Lviv, Ukraine – Chernikova presents for Spring/Summer 2016 attire that could be easily put into the limited category or box of being a work inspired by Ukraine’s “national costume” and traditional folkloric couture culture. She reveals only the skin of the arms in her creations, rather opting to cover the female form and silhouette in long shapes. The work is extremely colorful and proud.
The folklore of the collection cannot only be found in the shapes, but also in the details such as the elaborate needlepoint and embroideries. This requires a very good eye and an extremely patient hand to achieve in the way that Chernikova has accomplished.
Though it is not secret that traditional and folkloric attire has a far more limited clientel base outside of Central and Eastern Europe, its popularity is slowing growing among avid groups in Asia. And even Vogue Japan’s chief editor, Anna dello Russo has been spotted as of late wearing dresses of this nature at several recent and very high profile events.