Kiev Diaries. Day 1

Good morning world! (Or evening – depending on where you are :)) So the MBKFD has kicked off yesterday and I have a whole mixture of emotions that I am experiencing today. Well, firstly its a
major feeling of guilt due to consumption of too many cocktails last night (how professional, right? :D). I guess it’s one of the main reasons why I decided to skip the sightseeing this morning and cosy up in my bed for a few extra hours. Not to mention the heat is unbearable in this country, so an air-conditioned room seems like a great alternative right now. So, let me take this opportunity to tell you more about the opening of this amazing event. 

Everything kicked off with a short press conference explaining the schedule of the upcoming four days. I was over the moon that I had the chance to meet the founder of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Days in Kiev – Daria Shapovalova, what an honour! In all honestly, Daria and her contribution to Ukrainian fashion deserve a separate blog post, so I will leave it at that for now :). After the press conference the official opening took place. This is where my earlier expression of “the mixture of emotions” comes from…

As I arrived to the beautiful venue in the late evening, I couldn’t help but wonder: “What the hell am I doing here?”. Despite everything being so well organised, thoroughly planned and welcoming, I felt more out of place than ever. Firstly, I didn’t know a single person at the event and my rusty Russian didn’t help either. I kept thinking that if this was a London event I would sure be chatting away to someone already, but how do you even start a conversation with a stranger in Russian? Haha! The only option was to head to the bar and indulge in the delicious cocktails to try and drink away the awkwardness Carrie Bradshaw style…

After an awkward half an hour or so, I started to realise that this is potentially the most amazing opportunity I have had in my life so far. The venue has gathered everybody who’s anybody in the fashion world of my home country. There was Olga Yanul, a fashion editor at Vogue Ukraine, the magazine that I read religiously and get my grandma to send me a copy over to London every time. Amazing designers were present too, such as AnnaK and Kostya Omelya, and at least a dozen of Instagram personalities that I have been following for years now. As the night went on, I made more acquaintances and felt more grateful rather than awkward, leaving the party with excitement for the upcoming day and very achy feet haha! All-in-all the first day was very inspirational and I wanted to thank the lovely PR girls at the MBKFD for making this happen for me. 

I cannot wait to share with you my thoughts on the Ukrainian designers and MBKFD as an even overall. I will wait till the end of my stay to share my honest opinion with you, but for now guys, I hope you will enjoy my daily outfit posts. The first outfit features these cream ZARA trousers, which are fast becoming my favourites, however I am not sure how often I’ll get to wear them back in rainy London. 

Official Opening. Can You Spot Me? Picture Source: MBKFD Press Team

Top – Zara

Trousers – Zara

Shoes – Christian Louboutin 

Lace Top – H&M


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