Monday, August 23, 2010

lumelsky gets light


With strong silhouettes and considered detailing, Antwerp-based, Crimean-born designer Helena Lumelsky creates masculine yet decidedly elegant womenswear. Winning a slew of awards throughout her degree at the prestigious Antwerp Academy, it is little surprise the young designer’s eponymous label is highly regarded throughout the industry.

After graduating in 2006, Lumelsky started the label Stereotypes with fellow Antwerp Academy grad Demna Gvasalia, and in 2007 presented at Japan Fashion Week. A few years down the track, Lumelsky’s background in menswear has helped to define the distinct aesthetic of her women’s label.

Known for her penchant for black, Lumelsky’s AW10 collection, which was inspired by the dark side of human nature, saw her invited to take part in Antwerp’s Mode Museum’s (MoMu) BLACK: Masters of Black in Fashion & Costume exhibition.

Now, a finalist in the coveted Mango Fashion Award, with a line for the giant retailer and a €300,000 prize on offer, Lumelsky is a name you’re sure to hear a lot more of. The talented designer talks with Jean Kemshal-Bell about her latest, brighter collection, Edith Piaf and her love of shadow puppets.

Read the interview over at Oyster

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