New womenswear brand Xsenia & Olya, began through the friendship of two aspiring graduates of Central St Martins – Xsenia Runa and Olya Shishkina. With its trademark emphasis on striking digital prints and geometrical forms, they launched the label with the SS12 collection ‘Staircase Wit,’ which they presented during London, Paris & Vancouver fashion weeks.
Undeniably feminine, Xsenia & Olya's garments spellbind, turn and twist around the body, revealing and concealing. Full of air and modern elegance with the indulgent quality of fabrics, an introduction to Xsenia & Olya clothing must begin, and end, with touch.
Xsenia & Olya’s soft and flowing creations are filled with printed organic, yet abstract references; they reflect the aesthetics of 21st century fashion design, adopting sophisticated and experimental ‘zero waste’ pattern cutting techniques and neo-futurists state of the art technologies. Xsenia & Olya aesthetic is steeped in bejewelled symmetry and vigorous pattern, influenced by Madeleine Vionnet’s original cut. Every pattern is unique, created from different geometrical forms and then adapted to the body; focusing on the body as a three-dimensional whole rather than a fractured vision of back, front, top and bottom.
It is about the woman and the limitless amount of possibilities that she can account for in one single day. She can dance in any Xsenia & Olya design, because even the most body conscious garments are designed for movement.