In one of many eye candy scenes in the drama Bobby Deerfield (1977), actor Marthe Keller strolls along a Florentine street arm-in-arm with the leading man, a young and handsome Al Pacino. His character, a famous race car driver, is dressed in a three-piece suit and aviator glasses. She is equally chic in a cream dress with skinny belt and a jacket slung over her shoulder. It’s an urban style that implies a mood. Sophisticated yet relaxed and on-the-go. They are connected yet aloof. Such scenes are the fertile soil for the Dubai-based Kristina Fidelskaya Fall 2020 collection, which lends from the movie and its book Heaven has no Favorites by Erich Maria Remarque, which she read as a child. “The love they shared, the journey they made, to me, is a dream,” she says. From this was born a leather jumpsuit; dresses with a racing green, yellow, and cognac-colored print; roomy jackets nipped at the waist, with utilitarian pockets; and elegant, modest dresses, flipping in the wind.
Established in 2014, in Dubai, where its flagship is located, the eponymous ready-to-wear label has made headways in Paris, showing during fashion week since 2017 and recognized by the Fédération de la haute couture et de la mode. The techniques sometimes cross over into couture, with the Fall collection boasting rich textures like quilted nappa, fringed nubuck suede, tulle, feathers, cashmere, and silk, appealing to empowered, feminine dressers.
Fidelskaya, who was raised on the Crimean coast, started making clothes at the age of 11, having grown up watching her mother make all her pieces. She went on to study fashion at Esmod. “I never had the idea or dream of becoming a designer at that time, it was so far from my reality,” she reveals. “However, it has been my passion from a young age, which developed very naturally.” Fashion has always prided itself on being so forward facing, perhaps now, more than ever, we are remembering the quiet pleasures of the past, as we eagerly await to bring them to life again into our everyday. “I aspire to see my vision and message accepted, valued, and loved,” says Fidelskaya. “Creating is about emotion and energy, to give and get, constantly.” She shares that she hopes her brand will become “top of mind in the fashion industry,” as one that actively contributes, challenges, and does something different, and deserving of a place in the world of tomorrow.” KristinaFidelskaya.com