Still, despite the breezy, sophisticated trappings of her designs, backstage after the show, Reva was vocal about the importance of continuing to support Ukrainian creatives on the world stage. “It was not so easy making this collection,” Reva said. “Sometimes we have no lights, and there are rockets going off, but I’m so happy and so grateful to my team that they worked every day to bring this to life—and that they still go to work every day, because they love it. This is our life, and we have to continue.”
The final collection came from Nadya Dyzak, who opted to lean into her more exuberant side—a pivot, she explained, that was unexpected even by her. “My previous collection was all black,” said Dyzak. “I don’t know what happened with me, in my soul, but I really wanted to make something optimistic, and about the fact we still believe in a kind of lightness.” On the runway, this came in the form of a kaleidoscopic collection partly inspired by the work of the Ukrainian naive artist Polina Raiko, whose house museum in Oleshky has been tragically destroyed due to floods caused by the collapse of the Kakhovka Dam.