Influence of Oksana Karavanska fashion has an effect on those who wear it: knocks down, open up horizon!
In artistic creations of Oksana Karavanska talent professionalism of a designer goes hand in hand with vivid perception of mysticism of the ancient history and impressive beauty of Ukraine. Native of Lviv, Oksana strongly feels the vigor of the Ukrainian culture although her collections are quite far from direct ethnographic borrowing. Knitting, embroidering, beadwork, and handmade fabrics turn into natural elements of the present-day ensembles imparting uniqueness and custom-made look, a very important feature at the age of mass production.
Oksana Karavanska is one of the most famous, creative and called-for Ukrainian designers. Brand Oksana Karavanska is the realization of the highest standards of modern Ukrainian design, in which imagination’s flight is constrained by the strong feeling of the fashion tendencies and is realized in clothes, which give feeling of luxury and comfort. Oksana Karavanska’s name is associated with femininity and impeccable style.
Designer Oksana Karavanska graduated from Lviv Academy of Applied and Decorative Arts. She is possessor of plenty of fashion awards, among them Grand Prix at Crystal Silhouette Competition, The Best Designer of the Year etc., and she is also a member of the Expert Committee of the Fashion Council of Ukraine.
1997 – Trademark Oksana Karavanska was registered and the first Ukrainian author’s boutique was opened by Oksana Karavanska
2003 – Oksana Karavanska made her first international step in fashion: fashion shows were held in the USA (New York, Chicago, Washington etc), Canada (Toronto).
Then Oksana Karavanska’s collections were presented at the MIFUR (Milan) and the designer took part in DC Fashion Week (Washington, USA).
Since 2005 there have been additional registered trademarks: OK’ by oksanakaravanska, OKIDS’ by oksanakaravanska, OK’ by oksanakaravanska for men, Oksana Karavanska Accecories, Oksana Karavanska Parfume.
Nowadays Oksana Karavanska is considered to be one of the best and the most fancy Ukrainian designers. Her collections and fashion shows are always filled with Ukrainian spirit and irreproachable style.
Oksana Karavanska started her business with just one thousand dollars,
borrowed from her father, a professor of mathematics. Now brand customers are willing to pay several thousands for exclusive dresses by Karavanska.
Q: Oksana, what is your brand signature design?
A: Fashion by Karavanska is like a cocktail of eclectic: modern fabrics and sculptured cutting. It’s a combination of incongruous, like authentic hand-made techniques for high-tech materials.
Q: What is the principle you always follow in your work?
A: Working hard no matter how much I am tired, and to love life, notwithstanding how difficult circumstances are!
Q: How do you start a new collection?
A: Every new collection starts with inspiration. It can come from a trip in Ukraine, from a book I’ve read, from some accidentally seen picture, or even at the party after a runway show of my collection… Then I string my thoughts like a necklace, ponder, take a lot of paper and draw hundreds of emotional sketches.
Q: What is the difference between a fashion trend and a person’s personal style?
A:Fashion trends always exist and change from season to season. It is a rule of fashion industry. A person who mixes the trends becomes exclusive and unique. I guess it is more interesting. Today to be fashionable means to be stylish.
Q: Do you consider yourself as a successful person?
A: Sure! I wake up every morning smiling and in a good mood. It’s the main success indicator for me, and I am a happy person because my childhood hobby became my business!