Guest Nation Anna K

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What is “feminine” style for you?
For me it's elegant knee length dresses, fur, luxury high heel shoes and hair put up in a bun; although, I'm far from this style, it's easier for me to describe a girly style, her attitude, messy hair and bright knee socks and jewelry; my clothes are created for this type of girls.
When did your passion for fashion and design begin?
I was 14 when I started working as a model and it was about the same time when I got to know the best Ukrainian designers, I was studying the way they work and at 16 I've showed my first collection during Mercedes-Benz Kiev Fashion Days. I will remember it forever, I fell I love with fashion design from that moment. Elena Bara from Vogue Italia said that it was the best show during KFD and it gave me even more inspiration and strength to create even cooler collection next season.
From what a Designer must begin to give style to women, without giving their identity up?
When I started creating my first collection at 16 I was thinking about what kind of outfits i would wear and all of them I really do wear myself now. I'm 18 now and I make clothes not only for me but also for my models friends. I believe that girls like my clothes because I put all of my youth into Anna K.
What are the key pieces  - the real must-haves - of your collection?
I've created my own print - cats' tails, they remind me of the smileys that friends use in Facebook messaging; I also have seen through cloud dresses and plastic bags with cats' tails print - these are the signature pieces for me.
Where do you see yourself in ten years? What are your dreams?
I believe that in 10 years all the models will wear my brand and it will become one of London's favorites, brand Anna K will only grow. I am very ambitious and I want to keep working and creating perfect model-girl look; I believe that very soon I will win over the hearts of beautiful and young girls.
Who is the designer who inspires you? Who is your fashion icon?
I get my inspiration from working process or from talking to the people from the industry, every time it's different. Fashion icon and the ideal fun and beauty person for me is Kate Moss, she's magical. Brand Anna K speaks for itself, models love the brand and the brand loves models!
Which is your creative method?
To get a new drawing notepad, pencils and brushes and to draw the clothes inspired by cartoons; I like to bring some humor into my creative process.
What was your most important mistake? The one from which you learn the most?
I can't say i made many mistakes but every season i grow as a professional and improve my skills. I notice some flaws in my previous collections but they are helping me make the next ones better. I was never upset with my clothes, I love each one of them.
What do you expect from this experience at Pitti Uomo and W?
It was my birthday when I found out that I'm going to Pitti and it was the best b-day present. It really inspired me. I am really looking forward to 6th January and hope that buyers will like my new collection.
If you have not been a fashion designer, what would you have done?
I would draw something, take my dog for a walk, skip classes and travel. But I know for sure that design is the best thing that has happened to me.