‘This Autumn Winter 2012 Ekaterina Kukhareva brings you the exotic aura of the Middle East. The main inspiration originates from Harem and the queen of Egypt Nefertiti who reigned during the eighteenth dynasty (1550-1292 BC). Her reign was only 12 years, but she was perhaps one of the most powerful queens to ever rule. Her name has the meaning ‘the beautiful one has come’. Some historians have even proclaimed her the most beautiful woman in the world. Of all the things people have said about her, one holds true—she remains renowned for her beauty not only during her life as a queen but after her death until today.
Many of the patterns are featuring draping and artfully arranged details, thus creating embellished Egyptian clothes. The collection reveals an extremely beautiful woman wearing majestic gowns and ornate jewellery.
…The inspirational and timeless style Icon of the 60’s Veruschka is an additional muse for Ekaterina. Especially Veruschka’s posing and styling in ‘an improvised costume’ feature photographed by Rubartelli in Arizona desert for Vogue US in 1968. Visual references also include snakeskin scales and patterns.
The collection features long flowing gowns with weightless shiny gold fabrics. Harem pants and floor length dresses worn with turbans are adding an Eastern Exotica to the classics and are definitive Harem Chic essentials. The layered effect of lace on top of the contrasting fabrics and colours give the garments their chic and mysterious drama topped off with fluid bottoms, extra fine lace, leather and plenty of pleats and thick weaving textures with calf skin details.
Snakeskin jacquard dresses are definitely the trend pieces for the season, that will not only keep you warm but gloriously ornate the look.
Ekaterina Kukhareva’s signature handmade macramé and crochet elements are present throughout the collection as parts of the garments as well as in a variety of accessories such as shoes, belts and neck pieces.
The colours are on a neutral note with added shine of gold and touches of sky blue, capturing the feel of the Egyptian desert and a hot breeze whispering “the beautiful one has come”.’