PFW SS23: Kiko Kostadinov

THE ICONIC twin sister duo Laura and Deanna Fanning are continuing to expand on the legacy of Kiko Kostadinov. Being among the likes of many influential celebs, such as Dua Lipa, Bella Hadid and Iris law, the twin siblings have already established a substantial impact on the trends – take their house’s Trivia bag, for instance. 

Serving on their Paris Fashion Week debut last week, they moved away from their traditional shapes and presented a womenswear showcase filled with the romantic nature of the french capital. 

Through the research on materiality and the manipulation of colour and light, gravity and proportion, fascinating narratives developed from considering how body and fabric occupy space. The duo has also incorporated The Lady and the Unicorn, Flemish tapestries currently on display at the Musée de Cluny in Paris.Romantic expressions of contemporary womanhood through a historicist lens” is how the designers define the inspiration for this collection.

Transparent organzas, falling off shoulder tailoring, and grazing hips in silhouettes celebrate movement and create “harlequin moments”. Soft and ethereal shapes and fabrics are mixed amongst pieces reminding that of sportswear. A genderless feel is also apparent in the ensembles; take the shivering lace styled among sheer black work pants or gelato-hued dress modelled with stocking nylon paired with ballet flat-like sneakers laced up to the knee. 

This androgynous feel offers possible prospects for the future of Kiko’s menswear offerings and excites what we may expect next from these unisex fusions. 

by Zlata Kriukova