KYIV
images by Tatiana + Karol @tatianaandkarol
stylist Jenya Volkonska @_discojeka_

all talents Cat-B
Lera Luchenko @leraluchenko
Andrij Peleshok @kkoowwwa
Ivan Voronenko @1vanvoronenko

Text by Lera Luchenko
   We have gathered in Kyiv to make a shooting in a Expocentre, massive group of buildings determined by Soviet government for nothing but showing off achievements. According to photographers, these pretentious flashbacks from the past are reinterpreted by new generation, full of irony. Using “ravers” as characters placed at former state institution, they blur the line between the 90s-inspired fashion and a caricature of itself.
   “We are testing boundaries of good bad taste” — explains Tatiana. In this shooting models are dressed up like 8-year-olds left alone with no toys but their working class parents` closet - flashy, ironic, refreshingly bizarre, almost all by Ukrainian designers such as Anton Belinskiy and Drag & Drop.
   Belinskiy himself blended corruption, chaos, war, lost youth and pettily suburban kitsch into cocky bricolage which become true identity of new Ukraine. Before him all the identity was awkwardly represented by folk motifs or simply denied in favor of Western style. Now it is really a thing - inspiration by street style of local homeless,  town wack jobs and other marginals who happen to be a very distinctive in Kyiv. 
   Shape of underground fashion is also defined by the most emerging models, who happen to be regular kids from the street until someone with an attentive glance discovers them. Aside from standard-beautiful, there is a non-conformist - Cat-b agency (stands for “category B”), which models participated in this shooting. Founders Anja Borovska and Marija Pogrebnyak are the type of agents who let their models be themselves and live an intellectual life, not prioritising fashion business. Basically they are regular people with interesting faces rocking on Fashion Weeks worldwide and coming home after to design backpacks or working in a newspaper.
   And here they are - shapes, colours and spirit of a post-revolution country younger than The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

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Lera wears: body-top by Drag and Drop; skirt and boots by Anton Belinskiy and Nike's headband.
Ivan wears sleeveless sweater and shorts by Anton Belinskiy, hat and shoes by Nike, Брень' socks and belt by Versace.
Andriy wears sweater by Anton Belinskiy, Adidas' trousers and shoes by Palladium
Andriy wears shirt by Anton Belinskiy and Drag and Drop's pants.
Lera wears Anton Belinskiy's dress and shoes "Boland" 60’s
Ivan wears a vintage shirt from Lesnaya, pants by Anton Belinskiy, shoes from New Balance and carries a bag from Privoz Odessa.
Lera wears a jacket by Anton Belinskiy, pants Marc O’Polo and shoes from l’Intervalle. Scarf is from VintageShop.
Lera wears golf by Drag and Drop, Nike Performance's skirt and cycling shorts - stylist's own.
Ivan wears vintage coat and shirt by Anton Belinskiy
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