Virginia: Fashion with Hikma// Introducing European Fashion Line Ksenia Schnaider by Designer Ksenia Marchenko

“Ksenia Schnaider is a new name for European fashion space founded by Ukrainian fashion designer Ksenia Marchenko and Russian graphic designer Anton Schnaider in 2011.”

Hi TFB Readers,

Here are a few insights from Ukrainian designer Ksenia. She was kind enough to answer a few question for our readers-from design inspirations to some advice for aspiring fashion designers…

Can you introduce yourself to our readers

I think my work does a better job of describing me than words.

Where do you get your design inspirations?

I notice the beauty of simple things around me- colour combination, loud music from the car, a story from a friend, a black and white soviet movie, or sincere art work. Life is full of beautiful things.

What was the first article of clothing you ever designed?

I made something for my mom as a birthday present when I was a kid.  At the age of 13, I started making jackets and trousers for myself.

Perfect dress

what is the best perk in being a designer?

Collaborating with different artists, musicians, meeting beautiful people and creating beauty

photo Synchrodogs sweatshirt X`U

What is the most difficult aspect of running your own label?

Multitasking – you have to be perfect not only in design. You have to be a great PR person,sales manager, stylist, hairdresser, etc… You have to be ready to do anything that involved your label from big things to small…

Eugenia Kedrova for KSENIA SCHNAIDER S/S12 campaign

How long does it usually take you to construct a piece ?

1-2 days.


What trends do you see being big for 2012 ?

Having small children.

What advice do you have for aspiring fashion designers?

Find your own style, your own inspiration and don’t beleive in compromises!

What are some of your fashion goals?

I would like to open fund to help young fashion talents.

Where can readers find out more about you and your work?

Check out

Like my page at Ksenia on Facebook.

While you’re at it follow her at Ksenia Schnaider’s Tumblr.

Check out the video from her amazing elevator fashion show titled ‘Working Class.’

F/W 2013 Working Class by Ksenia Schnaider from ksenia schnaider on Vimeo.

The Ksenia Schnaider 2013 Fall/Winter collection is dedicated to the working class. This is apparent in the collection’s wide assortment of white shirts, denim suits, overalls with patched pockets, soft jersey pants, windproof jackets and leather gloves.

Ksenia Schnaider S/S12 Show from ksenia schnaider on Vimeo.

Theme of debut collection is religion. Hermit’s clothes inspire designers with their simplicity and elegancy, their character and power.

Thank you Ksenia and Anton. We wish you all the best. TFB readers, I hope you have. enjoyed this special exclusive!




Meet Hikma, One of TFB’s Contributing Writers:

Hi Readers,

I am really excited to be apart of TFB. Originally form East Africa, and now currently residing in Northern Virginia (which I & the rest of Virginians would like to refer to as D.C.). I believe fashion is all around us & I would love for you all to see and read it through my eyes!


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