November 9, 2015
By Marcellous L. Jones
Photos by Igor Fedoriv
Lviv, Ukraine – Striking an interesting contrasts to many of the other shows from this edition of the Lviv Fashion Week is designer Natasha Tsu Ran. The designer has created a cocktail of different shapes and proportions for us to consider for Spring/Summer 2016.
The collection passes from tight silhouettes to those of more ample space. This is primarily accomplished through the designer’s choice of fabrics: 3D woven materials, cotton, whispery chiffons, appliqués, jersey, leather, silk, etc. She uses a computer generated pied de poule print in a tight skirt with long split in the back. The dress is sleeveless and is belted. This print is interesting because the designer has depixelized the prints, thus giving it a very digital appearance.
Very quickly the designer introduces stripes into the collection, which then merge with large pink floral prints. The petals of the prints are also used in the sculpting of the cuts. We find several dresses in total look and then more with black strips added. And of course these pieces vary in lengths going from short to maxi lengths.
The last part of the collection is perhaps the most compelling. Coincidentally done in black, here we really have the strongest appreciation for the designer’s edge. Here Natasha Tsu Ran pushes the envelope with her way of using ribbons and leather to make the case for an urbanite who is not afraid to shake the tables in a cosmopolitan setting.