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How Ukrainian fashion designers braved evil Putin’s bombs to put together a stunning show at London Fashion Week

THE Ukrainian people have shown they are a nation of solidarity and resilience.

Their fashion designers are clearly no different.

Proud fashion designers from left, Ksenia Schnaider, Ivan Frolov and Julie Paskal with the Ukrainian United 24 flag

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Proud fashion designers from left, Ksenia Schnaider, Ivan Frolov and Julie Paskal with the Ukrainian United 24 flagCredit: Getty
Paskal's collection Out of Cocoon featured floaty frocks and dresses

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Paskal’s collection Out of Cocoon featured floaty frocks and dressesCredit: Getty
The collection was decorated with laser-cut butterflies and teamed with matching make-up and ballet shoes

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The collection was decorated with laser-cut butterflies and teamed with matching make-up and ballet shoesCredit: Getty

Three of them, Julie Paskal, Ksenia Schnaider and Ivan Frolov, came together for a show to close London Fashion Week yesterday, a year since Russia invaded their homeland.

Editors and influencers crammed on to benches to see these Kyiv-born shining lights present their autumn/winter 2023 collections, created while missiles flew.

The trio thanked the British Fashion Council for welcoming them to London but then told how they hoped to show their next season’s designs in a liberated Ukraine.

Each artist put on a stunning spectacle, with intricate, skilled and luxury designs to rival the most famous of brands, and each with their own powerful message.

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Schnaider’s models took to the runway first, to an ominous soundtrack and wearing upcycled patch-work outfits imagined from repurposed denim, tracksuits and neck ties.

Ties were sewn together to create a skirt, making the point that men have now ditched their office wear to instead wear military fatigues.

Ksenia Schnaider's models wore upcycled patch-work outfits

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Ksenia Schnaider’s models wore upcycled patch-work outfitsCredit: AFP
The designs were imagined from repurposed denim, tracksuits and neck ties

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The designs were imagined from repurposed denim, tracksuits and neck tiesCredit: AFP
Ivan Frolov showed off his creations with a size-inclusive catwalk, including this red dress with sparkly heart motifs

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Ivan Frolov showed off his creations with a size-inclusive catwalk, including this red dress with sparkly heart motifsCredit: Dan Charity
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