I recently had the good fortune to visit Ekaterina Kukhareva in her London Studio. The Ukrainian knitwear designer studied textiles at Central Saint Martins and worked at Temperly London before launching her own label. Her SS13 collection hit the ground running with vibrant colours and textures, which have since become Kukhareva’s calling card. This dress from her AW15 collection is a great example of Ekaterina’s use of colour, texture and structure. The softly padded skirt gives the knitwear shape and elevates the dress into a potential evening dress.
What I find extraordinary about Kukhareva is that she manufactures her own textiles. She has an industrial loom in her studio that she uses to produce her designs. Along with the structured knitwear, Ekaterina makes flowing gowns and skirts that are as light as chiffon. Because she is intricately connected to the manufacturing process, she is able to experiment until she finds the perfect combination of texture and tailoring. I have no doubt that Ekaterina Kukhareva is about to go stella.