Ukrainian label BEVZA presented thier Spring Summer 2023 Collection, on September 13th, during the recently finished New York Fashion Week. In the face of Russia’s continued war, Bevza presents a hopeful collection celebrating the country they call home. The collection is a visual voice from Ukraine today, steeped in war, but continuing the fight for their ancient homeland, and optimistic for the future. Inspiration was drawn from the image of a woman in a field harvesting wheat, reaping the bountiful harvest of her homeland. The collection features clean lines and simple yet flattering cuts which are married with drapery, nautical details, and unexpected design elements
Our Motherland is fertile, giving birth to the grain that feeds a lot of countries in the world, which is one of the main things that we are fighting for. – Svitlana Bevza
As they’ve done in past seasons, Bevza’s SS ‘23 collection references and incorporates significant Ukrainian cultural symbols, such as the spikelet, representative of wheat, one of the country’s major exports, a resource which has been greatly impacted by the war. The spikelet is also a symbol of Ukraine’s fertile land. This motif is seen in the brand’s signature spikelet jewelry, which are reinterpreted for the new collection, as well as in textures and details on dresses. Skirts and dresses in the collection also reference traditional cuts of the “plakhta” skirt worn by women when harvesting wheat. Shapes of sleeves on jackets are inspired by traditional “sorochka” blouses. Traditional crochet elements featuring the sacred star symbol can be seen in t-shirts and dresses, and the “Hustka” shawl worn by Ukrainian women is incorporated into elegant evening gowns. Ukrainian cultural heritage is evident throughout the collection. – from Bevza
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