Fashion brand ANNA OCTOBER presented its Spring Summer 2023 Womenswear Collection, that explores the theme of the Pleasure Garden, on Friday, September 30th, during the ongoing Paris Fashion Week. The designer refers to her personal Pleasure Garden, built on a piece of pristine nature in Ukraine near a small wooden house. Ukrainian designer was charmed by the beauty of nature and it became the inspiration for the season. The collection that is tailored to satisfy women’s desire to be pleased by the way they look, highlights femininity and grace. Fashion photographer Luca Anzalone captured the lookbook featuring model Anastasiia Abramova. In charge of styling was Georgia Tal, assisted by Roberta Console, with hair styling and makeup from beauty artist Francesca Vinciguerra. Photo assistance by Matteo Pizzaia.
“Dresses are the highlight of the collection, some of them are one-of-a-kind. These are crocheted pieces, which took hours to produce. The examples of the patterns and techniques Anna found at vintage markets in Greece and France, also from the archival collection of the Ukrainian Ivan Honchar Museum, in particular two pieces of domestic household from the 1950s. Anna re-imagined rustic pieces into examples of sumptuous textiles. All the crocheted garments she sculpted on the mannequin, adjusting and stitching each knitting piece manually. This approach Anna has practised for years: she believes that the body should shape the dress. The designer is particularly fascinated by women’s breasts, so the bustier in each collection is constructed precisely to feel and look good. One of the pieces is inspired by vintage girls’ swimming suits from the 1950s. Being impressed by the sweetness and preciseness of the cut, she reproduced it for her women’s collection SS 2023.” – from Anna October