Lara and Lydia of Zhivago
With Perth Fashion Week just around the corner, I thought it would be great to catch up with Lara Kovacevich, one half of WA design duo Zhivago, and find out what’s been happening and what we can expect from their upcoming collection.
How has the past year been for Zhivago?
We have had the most crazy busy year and it has been so amazing. We have just celebrated our 1 year anniversary and in that time we have done three collections, a trade show, a show for PFF, dressed numerous celebrities and signed with a US agent as well as being stocked through Australia. So it seems the busier the better for us!
Nicole Trunfio in Zhivago
Where do you find inspiration for your designs and collections?
We design for ourselves first, what we love, what we would like to wear and what we haven’t been able to find. Each season we pick an inspiration and use that for our shapes, we don’t look to other designers and what they are doing and I think that shows in the clothes. Our shapes are very strong, we love sharp tailoring and using leathers (you will see more of this when winter is released on April 1st), we have been told our look is very European, especially for an Australian label. Summer was a bit of a hint towards the true style of the label but this winter collection will really define the label and its shapes. The winter collection was received really well by the stores so that’s really exciting for us.
What can we expect to see for the SS13 collection?
We can promise we are going more into colour, our first summer collection was quite dark and this new summer collection is more refined, totally different but still very Zhivago in the shapes and tailoring. We aren’t allowed to reveal anything until the PFW show!!
Who are your style icons?
Lydia and I both love Lady Gaga, Milla Jovovich and Daphne Guiness. We love their edgy style and the fact that they will take risks for fashion.