Lviv Coach Stuns Italian Giants
The Lviv-born coach of Ukrainian team Metalist Kharkiv Myron Markevych is fast gaining a reputation as one of the top managers in the European game following a superb 3-0 aggregate victory over high-flying Italian side Sampdoria in the UEFA cup. Markevych is a former head coach of Lviv’s talisman side Karpate Lviv, but it is with Matalist Kharkiv in the industrial east that he has made his name internationally with a string of excellent performances in the past few seasons. In 2007 his side was desperately unlucky to lose out 2-3 at home to English giants Everton in the early stages of the UEFA cup, but Markevych has put this experience to good use and built a technically excellent side that has shone throughout the 2008-2009 UEFA cup campaign, securing victories over Galatasaray, Benfica and Greek outfit Olympiacos. Markevych, who holds the record for the most games as manager of a Ukrainian top flight side, has been praised for the free-flowing style of his team, as well as for his use of home grown talent. He will now face Ukrainian rivals Dynamo Kyiv in the last 16 of the competition, with a place in the final very much up for grabs.
Lviv Ice Sculptors Conquer Canada
A Lviv artist was among three Ukrainians who together took first place at this year’s Festival of Snow Sculpture in Quebec. It proved a triumphant debut for artists Orest Dzyndra (Lviv), Sergiy Klapetura (Vinnitsa) and Petro Romanyk (Kyiv) as they scooped the top prize thanks to their ensemble, which was based on the traditional Ukrainian Vertep Christmas theatrical performances. The festival is part of the annual Snow Carnival, which attracts millions of tourists every year to Canada. Elsewhere in the world of ice art, Lviv sculptor Myroslav Dedyshin won second place in the Crystal Garden sculpture contest, which is held every year in Ottawa, the littleknown capital city of Canada. Dedyshin’s creation, dubbed ‘Angel’, was made from 8 blocks of ice and took him over 24 hours to put together. It certainly won over the judges, who awarded the Lviv artist a score of 90.2 out of a possible 100! With such good results on the international ice sculpture circuit, we can expect more ice art in Lviv next year.
Lviv Designers Lead Ukrainian Podium Parade in Paris
Lviv fashion designers Oksana Karavanska (pictured) and Elena Dats joined their Ukrainian colleagues Andre Tan, Alena Vorozhbyt, Tatyana Zamskova and Olga Gromova for an assault on one of the great citadels of world vogue in early February. The six Ukrainian trend-setters presented their works at the January 30 – February 2 ‘Heart of Fashion’ Pret-a-Porter show in Paris, and succeeded in attracting attention to the otherwise overlooked and unexplored world of Ukrainian fashion. These Paris Pret-a-Porter shows are held twice a year and have become a barometer of what’s hot and what’s not in the world of catwalk cool. The event attracted over 50,000 visitors including buyers from the world’s leading fashion houses and high street brands, providing Lviv’s finest with the kind of exposure they have long justified but rarely received. A staggering 1,600 trademarks participated in this year’s Paris shows, but despite the avalanche of attention-seeking labels on display, Ukraine’s designers managed to attract headlines thanks both to original creations and quirky fringe appeal. This stylish breakthrough for the Ukrainian fashion scene was engineered by Pret-a-Porter Paris representative Olga Prokopieva, a voguish émigré who personally invited the six Ukrainian designers to participate after first visiting the most recent Ukrainian Fashion Week shows, which were held in Kyiv in October 2008. This year’s glamorous Ukrainian debut was accompanied by a Trypilia theme that played on the erotic symbolism of this ancient culture which thrived on the territory of modern Ukraine approximately 4,000 years ago. The Trypilian culture is best remembered today for the curvy female figurines found in burial chambers, suggesting that this part of the world has always been a place where female beauty is unapologetically worshipped as the highest form of beauty within society. This ancient cultural theme was the brainchild of Dennis Ryabtsev, the designer of the Ukrainian Fashion Seasons magazine, who tastefully and skillfully introduced it into a modern catwalk extravaganza. It comes as no surprise to find that of six Ukrainian designers, two should hail from Lviv Designers Lead Ukrainian Podium Parade in Paris