The work of Ukrainian designer, Kostya Omelya, has really piqued my interest over the last 2 seasons. His current SS14 collection, is almost monastic in appearance with a monochromatic palette and a strict silhouette and it almost reminds me of Calvin Klein in the 90's. The elegant strapless dresses and pieces traversed with line detail, lends the collection a little architectural discourse.
His previous AW13 collection, appeals to me too with it's strong gothic leanings. He cites his inspiration, as all good goths do, as vampires, witches and other mythological entities. With this, comes the expected fetishistic element as he works in glossy leather, velvet lace and fur. This prevalent mix of textures, throughout not just this collection but in all his work as a whole, is what keeps the themes interesting. Gothic elegance can be hard to reinvent since it's been done so very often, but Kostya Omelya manages to make it feel fresh and youthful again without sacrificing the associated eroticism.
He is currently on Not Just A Label but his shop only has three sweatshirts in it currently. The neoprene unisex sweatshirts are an absolute bargain at £140 and I hope to snap one up when I get paid.