Legacy, House Codes, and Ukrainian Heritage Permeate Bevza’s Sumptuous Knits and Tailoring

Eighteen years in, Svitlana Bevza is as dedicated as ever to getting to the heart of her eponymous label: for F/W ‘24, she further defines its signatures and house codes with a commitment to her homeland: Ukraine. Her fledgling monogram, introduced in S/S ‘24, makes an appearance or few, and her allusions to Ukraine’s status as the world’s bread basket—through apron dresses, grain drop-chandelier earrings, and kolach-inspired knitwear—are as vibrant as ever.

Credit (all photos): Courtesy of Bevza.

Three words to describe the collection: Elegant. Senseful. Coded. 

Which look is your favorite? This [column dress]. We reviewed the collection again online with the [Kyiv] office. I came only two days before the end of shooting the lookbook and when I saw it—this one, I love. And the apron dress. And the puffer coat dress. 

What was the inspiration behind it? I was thinking about an epitome of elegance in the dresses. These are radical colors for me, black and white together, and very complicated colors. I wanted to do a dress which people see as elegant.

Attending any parties or events this week? I’m going to the @stylenotcom party. Beka has a new book, Fashion in 2023. I was invited to Vogue’s podcast party. Maybe somewhere else. I was in Paris last season and the parties were so crowded. I will definitely go to Bevza’s show [at the Ukrainian Institute of America].

You’re based in London now. Why do you choose to show as part of NYFW? God knows I’m not looking for the easy way. The thing is that we’ve built this for 13 seasons already. It works and we feel great support here. We showcase at our showroom in Paris, and we can do some events in London. I set no limits here because I don’t think the fashion industry sticks to one scheme anymore. I’m doing the shows because for now, I love the shows. 

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