Ukrainian fashion icon Daria Shapovalova’s style is contemporary, creative and always super inspiring. This is her look.
Vogue UK named her ”Kiev fashion’s Queen Bee”, and who would argue?
Journalist and fashion entrepreneur Daria Shapovalova is the driving
force behind the Mercedes Benz Kiev Fashion Days, and has also
launched several initiatives to support and showcase Ukrainian
fashion. As an international style icon, she is an ambassador for new
designers, as well as a strong advocate for a style that is confident,
creative and unmistakable.
Adam Katz Sinding photographed Daria Shapovalova in Kiev.
WHAT IS YOUR SIGNATURE STYLE?
My signature style is in my approach to how I dress. When I wear a look, it is important for me to feel self-confident, in a great mood and being a great ambassador of someone’s talent. So you will always see me smiling, no matter what I am wearing. And also, I love accessories. So great jewellery or a statement bag are my go-to details.
WHY IS FASHION IMPORTANT?
I am currently reading a book with the same name. For me fashion is important, as I discover the world through it. I’ve been working in the industry since I was 18, and I don’t have any regrets that I spend the majority of my time understanding fashion.
WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO MEET?
Fortunately enough, I’ve met all my legends – people like Karl Lagerfeld or Donatella Versace. Now I need to establish better relationships with them!
IF YOU HAD TO LEAVE YOUR APARTMENT IN A HURRY, WHAT WOULD YOU GRAB?
My laptop, an Azzedine Alaïa dress, red shoes, my favourite Balenciaga necklace, some favourite books on fashion – like Grace Coddington memories or books on Karl Lagerfeld – and that’s it.
WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO LOOK?
Heels, a statement dress (like Simone Rocha, or a Prada runway dress) and no make-up. Maybe, a small bag – I don’t wear big ones, as I don’t think they look luxurious. (What on earth would a fashion girl need except for her mobile and a credit card?) True luxury is being free from any mediocrity.
WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE ON EARTH?
Any place where my family is together.
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See more from photographer Adam Katz Sinding on his website Le 21ème.