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/
My love affair with fashion started at the age of 15. Although I never went to school for fashion, I’ve always had this gift of being able to understand future fashion trends and forecasts. At an early age, I developed the habit of playing in my closet and developing characters and story lines through the wardrobe. I became obsessed with what the celebrities wore on the red carpet. I found the glamour to be very addictive.
When it comes to my personal style, I can honestly say, “I’m still that little girl playing in my closet.” My style is very eccentric. It’s playful, fun, colorful, innovative, flamboyant, and very unpredictable. I don’t believe in following rules when it pertains to fashion or my style for that matter. I find creative freedom in being able to create my own trends and wear whatever I feel like wearing on that specific day. It all depends on my mood at that moment in time.
I love playing with color and texture when it comes to my wardrobe. As my style has developed, I’ve found that color makes me happy; it has the ability to change my energy and mood. On another note, I would say my style is innovative due to the fact that I love pushing the boundaries. I always style from the concept of “think outside the box.” There’s absolutely no limit to what you can create.
I’m an independent fashion stylist based out of Los Angeles. My area of expertise is celebrity, editorial/print, television, high fashion, Avant-garde, couture, and red carpet. My styling work has been featured in editorials for 944 magazine, Tight Rope Magazine, Smooth Magazine, and MNM Couture. In addition, I’ve styled for one of the most prestigious awards in the beauty industry; the North American Hair awards.
My proudest moment to date as a wardrobe stylist has been seeing my name in the credits for my work with the television series HBO Entourage. I’ve been blessed to work with some amazing industry professionals; however my collaboration with Celebrity Designers Michael Costello and Mondo Guerra still makes me smile to this day. Two of my favorite designers from the television show Project Runway who I rooted for from my living room. Being backstage with them and having the opportunity to style their runway show was beyond inspiring.
At the current moment, I’m working on accomplishing two major goals that I have every intention of fulfilling. One of them being getting agency representation as a wardrobe stylist and the other is making that transition from Fashion Stylist to Fashion Designer. I’m very excited about the future. My goal is to continue to challenge myself by pushing the boundaries, produce strong work that will inspire the world, and constantly evolve as an artist. The best is yet to come.
Inspiration can be found anywhere and everywhere from the smallest act of kindness to photographs in magazines. Inspired by a fashion post by my lovely friend Oscar, I wanted to do my own interpretation through photos shot by Photographer Samantha Peck. We found the perfect location which were surrounded by breathtaking pecan orchards and the WIND helped create flowy scarfs movement throughout the photoshoot. This inspired me to call this series “Scarf Movement.”
Photographer: Samantha Peck
Model: Tiesha Harrison
Scarfs: Purchased at Goodwill and Ross Stores
I began modeling at the young age of nine.
I always loved performing and being in the spotlight. Modeling keeps me very busy on a day to day basis, but I can’t complain because I have been blessed in the fact that I get paid to do something that I absolutely love and have a strong passion for.
As a model, I have been able to accomplish many things that I could have never even dreamt of.
I have been featured in numerous music videos for major artists, I have appeared in numerous magazines and magazine covers, and I have also made appearances on television.
That’s not all though. I recently filmed a reality pilot for a new tv show and I have started working with my management company in a recording studio where I am beginning to lay down the vocals for songs I have written. Modeling has given me the opportunity to gain a ton of exposure which has opened many doors for me and my career.
My style is very “free“. To be honest, I don’t really follow the “latest trends” and all of that. I just wear what I feel like wearing and I am very creative when it comes to style.
Describe Your Style: My style is very ECLECTIC! I believe in truly embracing the beauty of art, in which I call fashion. By this, I focus on creating these amazing concepts that truly tell a story. Allowing the audience to really feel the amount of passion and work that everyone involved feels in order to bring about an amazing image. For the past 3 years I’ve had the opportunity to learn and work with some amazing people and I can’t wait to see what the future will hold! Like I tell many people remember “live to love, live to inspire, live to drive towards not just a dream, but your reality!!!
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I’ve been styling since graduating from University, so two years now. I absolutely love what I do, but
its so competitive you have to be determined and patient! What I love to do is
style feminine, edgy shoots. Something different is always fun but my favourite shoots are the
more simple shoots where the clothing/accessories can do all the talking!
I style a lot of editorials and designers look books but my most
recent project is starting a new print magazine, Exalt.
I would have to say that developing signature style is my trademark. Rather than helping people focus on what is in, current and on trend I take that a step further and help individuals and companies break free from the idea of rules to create a look that is uniquely their own. I am inspired by people like YSL, Kate Moss, Tamara Mellon, and Blake Lively. These fashion icons do not follow trends, they create them.
I started my fashion career in boutique sales working for Jimmy Choo and then eventually Salvatore Ferragamo, however I felt like I wasn’t really pushing myself. I visited my brother and his girlfriend in September 2011 during New York Fashion Week and caught one glimpse of the tents at Lincoln Center and I was hooked. The second I got to an internet connection I got on the the MBFW Website and applied to volunteer.
Three seasons in I have had the fortune of moving up to a Venue Captain for shows in the main theater including Rebecca Minkoff, Monique Lhullier, and Marc by Marc Jacobs. Given that I am new to this industry I have really made an effort to branching out and trying my hand different areas of the industry including styling photo-shoots, collaborating with designers to conduct fittings, dressing models, and actual show production.
Currently I work independently as a Fashion Stylist, you can see my published work in Zephyr Magazine, Fashion Faces Magazine, and Eloise Magazine. To see my portfolio please visit my Facebook Page Chic and Disheveled. As I said before Kate Moss is a huge fashion icon personally, but I am not alone. The world adores her. One of the things that inspires me most is that she never looks perfect. There is always something slightly askew or…disheveled about her. Whether it be she is in a perfectly polished look with her hair a-mess, or she is decked out in grunge but her make-up is flawless. There is always an element that make it her, and that is what fashion is all about. Taking it and making it your own!
For more tips on how to develop your own signature style please check out my blog, Chic and Disheveled at http://chicanddisheveled.blogspot.com/
Additional Bio info:
• Style Operations team member for Phoenix Fashion Week
• Dresser for The Agency Arizona
Images included are from my most recent shoot for Zephyr Magazine March 2013
FB: Chic and Disheveled
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.
Video by: Malakai Creative LLC
I moved to the UK at the age of 15 with my mum, I come from a small island called Seychelles Archipelago consisting of 115 islands off the east coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. We are extremely cultural as we are a descendant of French, Chinese, English and African slaves.
Our official language is French and English and our mother tongue is Creole (that’s mix of French and African a bit of Spanish, Italian)
Tourism has been the primary Industry of Seychelles since the opening of the international airport in 1971. Temperatures are usually between 24-30 degrees celcius all year round. We have an estimated population of 86,525 and we have the smallest population of any African state. We also have the highest Human Development Index in Africa, but also the highest income inequality in the world.
Being from such a small island our opportunity is limited, therefore I am very privileged to be here following my dream in the modelling industry and representing my country because to my understanding I am the only Seychellois model in the UK. Someday, I would love to proudly say that am an inspiration to other young people in Seychelles and encouarge them to pursue their dreams.
I started modelling at the age of 16 for my school doing it for charity and raising money for sickle cell sufferers. Growing up I always battled with my weight, I had always wanted to put on weight as I felt like I wasn’t normal, was always comparing myself with my other girls in school, I was always concious about my looks, most times I felt like a slave for food thinking about what I can have for my dinner that would be fattening.
Growing older I thought of using my size for my advantage so I became a model. I have come to a conclusion that its how u feel inside that’s important, I am still petite but I feel so much better and confident in my body because I have learnt that when you love your self, in return people will love you.
I have recently been recruited by Cliche Model Management. I am very privileged to be part of this agency as it’s one of the first ethnic agency especially focusing on the ethnic minority. Cliche will put us out there to represent all the ethnic background with all shapes and sizes. Mellisa has begun something amazing and with the support of everyone we will be seen and heard in this competitive industry as an African decent as I am proud to be one.