KAMENSKAKONONOVA is a women’s wear and accessories brand founded by designers Natalia Kamenska and Olesya Kononova, based in Kiev, Ukraine. KAMENSKAKONONOVA introduced its first collection in 2008, in 2010 the brand launched its first shoe collection. In March 2013 the first capsule collection of children’s clothing named “ko.ka.ko by KAMENSKAKONONOVA” was presented.
Natalia Kamenska and Olesya Kononova design for contemporary urban woman with a big-city mind. Not because she indispensably lives in a big city but because she has that type of lifestyle when she travels a lot, has inner freedom and is keen on art, architecture, and history. However despite her active character and the rush of modern world this woman appreciates her inner harmony. She values the essence of things and her own essence primarily.
Emphasis on cut and sublime laconic silhouette;
Combination of minimalism and complex constructions;
Reconsideration of classic feminine silhouette;
Search for new shapes;
Purity, geometry, little accessory;
Liberty and lightness.
KAMENSKAKONONOVA brand was titled «Best Women’s Clothing Designer» and «Best Accessories Designer» in Ukraine – two prizes of BEST FASHION AWARDS 2012, the Ukrainian Awards in the field of fashion, and «Best Accessories Designer» in Ukraine by BEST FASHION AWARDS 2013.
KAMENSKAKONONOVA design could be retraced to the concord of nature, solitude, asceticism and attributes of modern world – high-tech architecture, the beats of big cities, new technologies. Designers are devoted to an urban colour scale – palettes of black, grey, dark and dusty blue, dusty rose and white.
KAMENSKAKONONOVA is defined by its emphasis on tailoring, craftsmanship and attention to detail. One tailor sews every piece individually from the beginning to the end; artisanal seams and finishes are quite common. Many clothes are unique or produced in limited series. All wear is manufactured in Ukraine.
KAMENSKAKONONOVA was featured on Vogue.it like “Our Choice: BEST PROJECT”. And in September 2013 KAMENSKAKONONOVA will be a part of issue “Vogue Talents” – Vogue Italy talents annual addition.
KAMENSKAKONONOVA collections are shot in Vogue.it (Vogue for the Young, Blog from), Vogue Ukraine, Collezioni Italia, Close-Up Italia, Institute magazine, ELLE Russia, ELLE Ukraine, ELLE Polska, Glamour Russia, InStyle Russia, Harper’s Bazaar Ukraine, Marie Claire Ukraine, Cosmopolitan Ukraine, http://www.lookatme.ru/, http://buro247.com.ua/, http://vogue.ua/, http://elle.ua/
Tina Lobondi is a London based Womenswear Designer specializing in High End women’s ready-to-wear.
Born in Kinshasa (Congo), she grew up in Lorraine (France) where she studied Fashion Design Realisation.
After 3 years and her Diploma in hand, the designer moved to Paris and started internships in various designer’s studio in the area of La Goutte D’or.
In 2006, the designer moved to London, aiming to pursue a career in her field. Another Fashion Design degree at the prestigious London College of Fashion will help in the pursuit of the dream of creating her first collection showcased to help raise money for the Princess Diana Foundation, at the event ” Finding Your Feet“.
Since 2010, she created a label under her own name, Tina Lobondi, located in Notting Hill. The collection is based on exceptional attention to details and finish, classic and chic designs. Elegance with timeless style is the aim she wants to achieve. The fabrics and materials are sourced from all around the world, Mauritania to Paris and London.
The Made-to order service offers you the possibility of choosing your designs and fabrics, to create your individualy crafted One-Off piece.
With a clientele including Grammy Award winner and NewYork based singer Angelique Kidjo, London based singer Lianne La Havas and “Eastenders” actresses Shona McGarty and Hetti Bywater.
The designer has received press interest from Marie-Claire and ELLE Magazine South-Africa, British Soap Awards, PROFILE Event, LOOK Magazine, OK Magazine, Miss Ebene Magazine, PRIDE Magazine, to name a few.
Hello Describe Your Style Readers,
Have you ever came across a collection you WANT TO BUY no matter how much it cost? Well, I was browsing the JUST CAVALLI collection and FELL IN LOVE and want to do just that… I want this whole collection! : ) It is so gorgeous. http://www.robertocavalli.com The colorful animal abstract print was so unique I wanted to share with you all. Inspiration and designs of ART. Which collection inspires you and why?
My personal style is a compilation of Afrocentric culture, Current trends, Vintage finds, and bright colors i like to describe my style as ——> Black Grandma technicolor rainbow. Fashion to me, is a way to express yourself, it’s MY form of art, and the form of art that speaks to the masses, there will always be clothing, someone will always need something to wear, so why not dress it up? I feel as if clothing is a universal language, it’s one of the only things that keeps the human race connected. I believe that everyone deserves the chance to express themselves, in any way they choose.
My accomplishments thus far—-> Have included but are not limited too, the starting of http://www.varaayanna.com, a fashion lifestyle website, And the start of my new magazine www. Thriftqueened.com, a world conscious fair trade fashion company geared towards making up-cycled, re-vamped, fair trade, and being yourself——> the new couture. We focus on one of a kind up-cycled couture pieces for all shapes and sizes, along with Eco-friendly ready to wear NEW fair trade fashion, and accessories made from 100% organic and fabrics and products. We also donate to various charities and underprivileged areas.
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Describe YOUR Style?
“Well, I bought the jeans on sale from H&M, dress shirt was Express [hand me down], my blazer was a Maison Martin Margiela. Belt was Kenneth Cole, my shoes were thrifted at Goodwill with socks from Robert Kardashian, watch was Kenneth Cole, hair done by Rolfs Salon.
I like to take classic names and styles and mix with thrifted clothing to make my own style.
Don’t be afraid to wear 600 dollar shoes with a 10 dollar pair of jeans that’s my style.”
A LEROUX STYLING
* I just love this guy…Anthony Leroux, is not only AMAZING at his profession but also as a person and as a friend. ; ) Visit Anthony Leroux at www.alerouxstyling.com.
*Quote was taken from a previous interview to describe the fashion designer’s very first fashion encounter.