For a fair few months I have been Insta-stalking a Ukranian designer called Vita Kin.
Her collection – called Vyshyvanka by Vita Kin – is based on Slavic traditional dresses and ethnic embroidery, but updated in luxe linen fabrics, embroidery and bold colour combinations, including neon pink.
Already spotted on the likes of Leandra Medine and Anna dello Russo, they are, quite simply, my dream summer dresses.
Images: Instagram.com/Vyshyvanka By Vita Kin | Pinterest
My Insta-stalking actually included WhatsApp’ing Vita herself to ask how I could get my hands on one, followed up by messaging two stores in Kiev and Moscow who stocked the design. Everyone was incredibly helpful and lovely – it was just the small matter of stumping up around £1100 that put a full stop on my cyber-shop.
At the Matches Fashion press day last week, it was announced that they would be stocking Vita’s Vyshyvanka pieces from this Autumn – although despite the fact they would be on UK soil, the prices would certainly be out of reach for the majority.
And during this round of press days, I started chatting to a stylist who was wearing a blouse by a Romanian brand with a similar feel – and while still a few hundred pounds, nowhere near as expensive as the Vyshyvanka.
So while I can’t find any dresses that match the level of detail as Vita’s, I have noticed a few high street stores have gone for the distinctive ethnic embroidery.
Here’s my pick of the best.