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You’ve Probably Never Heard of Our New Favorite Fashion Week

Barneys Assistant Fashion Director Hannah Bibb takes us on a tour of Kiev Fashion Week.

By: Leah Faye Cooper

The fashion industry’s attention is most often tuned to New York, London, Milan, and Paris—the reigning fashion capitals of the world where editors, photographers, and stylists flock to twice a year for shows and presentations. Style-centric as these cities may be, however, there is no shortage of luxe clothing and accessories elsewhere in the world. We’ve found great handbags in Istanbul and beautiful vintage finds in Mexico City, incredible separates in Copenhagen and amazing shopping in Sydney. Recently, we got a behind-the-scenes look at the highlights from Kiev Fashion Week, courtesy of Barneys’ assistant fashion director, Hannah Bibb.

Between shows in the Ukrainian capital, Bibb visited a church built in the 12th century, perused an under-the-radar perfumery, and ate more than a few pastries. Get a glimpse of all that and more in the photo diary ahead.

Kanapa

“If you are in search for traditional Ukrainian food, Kanapa is the spot. It’s located on the Descent of Saint Andrews, so it’s the perfect pit stop for lunch after seeing the beautiful Saint Andrew’s Church. Kanapa feels as if you are walking in to have a family meal. It’s perfectly eclectic and the food tastes homemade and authentic. There’s a cozy outdoor dining area and the inside has beautiful skylights.”

Café Select

“Founded by former model Tanya Ruban, Café Select has brought a health-conscious and fashion-forward standard to dining (and socializing) in Kiev. I was fortunate to attend the soft launch of their second location in the heart of Kiev, which will serve as a full restaurant, as well as a working and event space for guests.”

Praha Restaurant

“During a free morning, I ventured about 25 minutes south of the city center to Praha restaurant. It was absolutely breathtaking. The recently restored building is full of history, situated in a park which overlooks a swan-filled pond. I sat at the outside balcony, which extends across the water. The food also lives up to the grandeur of the architecture and setting!”

Andriyivskyy Descent (Andrew’s Decent):

“This is a historic cobblestone road that leads down from Saint Andrew’s Church to a newly constructed part of town. There is a street market every day set up along the path, but the best time to go hunting for treasure is Sunday. You can find that perfect souvenir to take back home or just appreciate the local Ukrainian arts and crafts.”

Corner Concept Store

“Situated at the bottom of Andrew’s Descent, Corner Concept Store is a small shop showcasing only Ukrainian designers. It’s a destination to discover the newest local talent.”

Hello Glasses

“Located a few shops down from The Corner, Hello Glasses offers a variety of novelty frames at all different price points. The perfumery downstairs is also a hidden gem!”

Marianna Senchina

“Staying true to her ultra femme and flirty aesthetic, Marianna Senchina presented an ’80s-inspired collection, loud with polka dots and puff sleeves. Her muse, Vivian Ward as played by Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, animated the backdrop of the show, which was set in the middle of the Alaska restaurant in Kiev. She even served popcorn and sweets for her guests to enjoy during the spectacle!”

Elena Burba

“If clothes could speak! Elena Burba’s runway show was full of satirical catch-phrases that were Instagram-themed and Instagram-worthy.”

Kuzyomin

“Decadence and romanticism was brought to Kiev with Kuzyomin’s evening show set in a historic Ukrainian mansion.”

The Cake

“From the moment you walk into The Cake, you want nothing more than...cake! The shop’s cinnamon scent and pastry displays are incredibly tempting. A pink balloon dog is impossible to miss, but don’t be fooled—it only *looks* like Koons original!”

Ksenia Schneider

“Ksenia Schneider introduced a new type of sustainable fur—the ‘denim fur’ coat!”

Cityhotel

“The breakfast buffet had an amazing morning view to wake up to!”

Anna K

“I can’t help but laugh whenever I see one of Anna K’s humorous tees. She is cleverly whimsical, and her graphic shirts are just an introduction into the fantasy of her ready-to-wear collection.”

Saint Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery

“Kiev is known for its brilliantly beautiful churches and cathedrals. It seems as if every corner you turn, there is a magnificent building waiting to be admired. It’s hard to not be inspired by the bright-colored walls and glistening golden domes.”

Honey

“I stumbled into Honey on my way to the Golden Gate. It’s a colorful café of sweets and light bites. I got the ‘Love my honey’ rum cocktail and hummus plate. I also grabbed a few sweets to go on my way out!

“Fun fact: Ukraine is the number one producer of honey in Europe. The founder of commercial beekeeping, Petro Prokopovych, was also Ukrainian. You never know what you will learn from reading an airline magazine!”

Merel van Glabbeek

“The braids backstage at Merel van Glabbeek were amazing!”

Ruslan Baginkiy

“I had the pleasure of visiting Ruslan Baginkiy’s studio, which is a Mad Hatter’s playground. Though his collection only launched over a year ago, his hats have gained popularity with several editors, stylists, and celebrities. His craftsmanship can be felt and seen with every hat.”

The Golden Gate

“This is a landmark [that] has an impressive history of construction and symbolism dating back to medieval times. Climb to the top of the monument for beautiful park views.”

Ludmila Corlateanu

“Ludmila Corlateanu offered a variety of textures and fabrications in her evening-focused collection, all evocative of her elegant, confident brand identity.”

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