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Natalia Kamenska, Olesya Kononova is based in Kyiv, Ukraine. She studied at Lviv State College of Light Industry, qualification - fashion designer and graduated in 2005. Her collections are produced in Ukraine.
Kamenskakononova was named Best Women’s Clothing Designer of a Year and Best Accessories Designer of a Year (Ukrainian Best Fashion Awards 2012). Kamenskakononova is a Kyiv-based womenswear and accessories brand founded by designers Natalia Kamenskaya and Olesya Kononova. The designers made their fashion debut by winning the prize at the Ukrainian "Fashion Seasons Look at the Future" contest.
Kamenskakononova introduced its first collection in 2008, and in 2010 the brand launched its first shoe collection.
Kamenskakononova ranks among Ukraine's top-10 designer brands. Kamenskakononova was highlighted in the Vogue Italia’s ‘Vogue for the Young’ section and named Vogue’s Choice of the Best Projects. Kamenskakononova has been featured in Vogue, Collezioni Italia, Close-Up Italia, Institute magazine, ELLE, Glamour, InStyle, Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Pink and other magazines. Kamenskakononova is the one and only Ukrainian brand whose total look from SS 2011 was shot for Harper’s Bazaar Ukraine cover, one of the most influential fashion magazines in Ukraine.
Natalia Kamenskaya and Olesya Kononova design for the contemporary urban woman with a big-city mind. Not because she indispensably lives in a big city but because she has the type of lifestyle where she travels a lot, has inner freedom and is keen on art, architecture, and the history of civilisation. Despite her active character and the rush of modern world this woman appreciates her inner harmony. She values the essence of things and her own essence primarily. She is a complete system, who doesn't need any provoking to attract.
In Kamenskakononova, design can be retraced to the concord of nature, solitude, asceticism and attributes of modern world – high-tech architecture, the beats of big cities, new technologies. The designers are devoted to an urban colour scale - palettes of black, grey, dark and dusty blue, dusty rose and white. They like using silhouettes and materials that balance masculinity and femininity, for instance, referencing traditional menswear tailoring and fabrics for womens jackets and coats. Kamenskakononova is defined by its emphasis on tailoring, craftsmanship and attention to detail. One tailor sews every piece individually from the beginning to the end; artisanal seams and finishes are quite common. Many pieces are unique or produced in a limited series. It is all manufactured in Ukraine.
Designers’ Style: Emphasis on cut and a sublime laconic silhouette; a combination of minimalism and complex constructions; reconsideration of the classic feminine silhouette; searching for new shapes, purity, geometry, little accessorising; neat design but with touch of carelessness and refined ease; liberty and lightness.