Since 2015, Knyazeva has showed an emphasis on eveningwear, which has allowed her to be recognized for some stand out pieces during Mercedes Benz Russian Fashion week.
Fast-forward a few years later to the most recent Knyazeva’s Spring/Summer 2017 collection and you might start to see that perception floating away like dried out driftwood in the Baltic Sea. Ironically so, Knyazeva’s collection was inspired by the movement of the ocean, both in her silhouettes and color palette.
While the ocean reference was pretty obvious from the moment the show began, with a visual of glowing jelly fish bouncing across the walls, the theme came across as a bit unimaginative. Take a guess: lots and lots of blue (can’t forget the hints of coral), seashells, sheer and all!
There was a “wow factor” missing here. And that’s not to say that the clothes weren’t impeccable, because they were indeed beautifully tailored.
Unfortunately, the artistic value offered from this collection felt sort of unoriginal in its silhouettes, where it lacked a compelling luster. Where is the risk factor at?
Knyazeva isn’t the only one guilty here.
Literally every fashion designer is constantly ripping of cultural contexts and gaining inspiration from just about everything in the world— and that is completely okay— that’s what artists do! But when you are a declared emerging talented designer, such as Knyazeva, may consider looking at inspirations with a more abstract perspective?
The interesting point of view is what makes designers stand out from the overly crowded seas.
For fashion innovators, it is better to show what is under the surface rather than riding the wave of trends. Otherwise, these new designers simply risk getting swept under the current by all the other rising and established talent that surrounds them.
Consider this for example: If Sally’s selling seashells by the seashore, then we would expect the seashells to be so different from the ones that could be found on the beach every single day. That is the uniqueness Ksenia Knyazeva and other up-incoming designers must offer in order to compete with one another and stay relevant to consumers.
Maybe something to keep in mind.
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Tyler J. Drinnen, is the Founder and Editor in Chief of iTEM MAGAZINE,
a freelance fashion writer, poet,
photographer and abstract visual content producer.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from Sonoma State University, where he wrote a weekly Opinion Column For
The Star, dabbled with his own radio podcast format, titled Saturday Nite Scandal, and helped to create one of the first of 25 Professional Student Lead PR Firms in the USA.
From there on, he continued his work by interning with Sonoma Discoveries Magazine and then shortly after wrote and interned for Fashion School Daily, where he solidified his love for feature writing and working with emerging talents from around the world.
In December of 2016, he received an Honorary Master of Arts in Fashion Journalism from the Academy of Art University. And what an achievement that was, to be the first in his program to have graduated a full semester early. Bringing him to four degrees in a short five and a half years, nothing will stop him from bringing art to the eyes of many.
He has worked in the fashion industry for nearly a decade, from commercial retail management to corporate level ghost writing. Now - he the poet - T.J.D. takes his life public with the independent launch of the urban California lifestyle based fashion-art movement, iTEM MAGAZINE: A Platform For Rising Artists.