With all the uproar and chaos effecting people internationally, its hard to imagine what those in countries who are suffering may be going through. It’s easy to live in a bubble, sometimes easier on the heart to be unaware. In this feature, I wanted to touch on a young designer from the Ukraine where as most of you know is not a safe place to be these days.
Julie Paskal, who heads her label, Paskal, has had a journey paved with experiences unlike those we typically see. With her home country in a state of challenge and dire hopes of overcoming harder times, she has managed to garner the attention of industry types. Earlier this year, while things were still a bit calmer, Paskal was one among several Ukranian designers who competed in the Mercedes-Benz Kiev Fashion Days show for the LVMH prize. In preparation for the show, some were working by day and protesting by night. Although she hadn’t won a prize, she did win the hearts of many and was featured across major publications as an emerging designer. Most of all one of her long time wishes were granted, she would be the next designer sold in the infamous Parisian store, Colette.
Julie Paskal’s sense of minimalism and modern textures are reminiscent of her architectural background, she had studied architecture before pursuing a fashion brand. Her impeccable laser-cutting techniques in combination with her innovative tailoring is a talent that sets her apart from the rest. What struck me the most were Paskal’s cage inspired looks with cage like draping from her Fall-Winter 2014-2015 collection which she had mentioned were based on skyscrapers. I can only hope to see peaceful times return and with that more beautiful creations from the Ukraine. Looking forward to Paskal's next collection.