Daria Shapovalova

Creative Director, Mercedes-Benz Kiev Fashion Days, Paris

By: Emily Ramshaw
Styling: Renée Rodenkirchen
Photography: Renée Rodenkirchen

It seems, at this point, that within the somewhat small world of fashion, it’s a truth universally acknowledged that the Eastern Europeans have got it down when it comes to street style. We mean, you only need look as far as the likes of Olga Karput, Anka Tsitsishvili and Miroslava Duma (obvs)… They just have an affinity for looking really cool in all clothing—we can’t explain it, guys.

And Daria Shapovalova is just more proof that Eastern Europeans have it in the (Prada) bag style-wise. See, she kind of runs the fashion scene in Kiev—she’s the creative director of the Ukrainian capital’s fashion week equivalent—and you better believe she dresses the part. Page through a quick Google image search and see her in Stella McCartney, fellow Ukrainian Anton Belinskiy, Missoni, Peter Pilotto and Pucci—talk about good representation.

At this point, it probably goes without saying that we tracked Shapovalova down during Paris Fashion Week, when she welcomed us to her friends Omario Harfush and Yulia Lobova’s lavish apartment—all taxidermy and heavy tapestries. While makeup artist Olga Iurchenko primped, we picked at tea, cookies and a bowl of fresh figs (actually, inhaled should probably be the operative word), and then it was straight to her wardrobe. We probably don’t need to tell you that she was kitted out with Prada, Sonia Rykiel, Margiela and Kenzo, but our favorite by far was a ribbon-embroidered dress she wore for her first portrait by her hometown designer, Anna K. And who should show up a few months later wearing the very same look on the red carpet but none other than Kris Jenner. If Shapovalova is preempting even the Kardashians when it comes to fashion choices, well… we said she was giving Kiev some major representation, didn’t we?