photography Sylvain Blais
styling YSO

Born in Odessa, Ukraine, the dark haired-beauty studied at Toronto’s Ryerson University. After some time spent in the ateliers of Montreal designers Valérie Dumaine and Nadya Toto, she dove head-first into the waters of independence, standing alone at the helm of her own Montreal-based label since 2006. She quickly delineated an aesthetic, formed by dresses that, whether long or short, feature signature pleating and draping. “These fabrics inspire me so much in their lightness and airiness,” the designer explains. “At the beginning, I wasn’t going in that direction at all. I created simple, and prettily feminine pieces, nothing like my current designs,” reflects the designer. Lomonova’s work underwent a radical transformation last year – she began targeting a much more difficult, but indeed more dramatic, niche, creating long, heavily worked dresses. Her summer 2012 line features pleated, wrinkled, and draped dresses in subtle hues of bronze, smoky beige, and charcoal, with the occasional accent of neon yellow, forming a collection of pieces that Anastasia describes as “fabric sculptures.” And with that, Anastasia Lomonova could not but leave us moved.

— Elsa Vecchi