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Ukraine Fashion Week shows unbroken spirit as war looms

Published on Mar 16, 2014 8:39 AM

KIEV (AFP) - The lights dim, mournful music comes on and a stick-thin model struts assuredly down the catwalk: no, this is not New York or Milan. This is Kiev.

The threat of war in Ukraine might be on everybody's lips but walk into the Mystetskyi Arsenal art complex and you might as well be in an episode of Sex & The City.

Pretty young things in stiletto booties, red-lipped and decked out in the latest trends, mill about exchanging gossip, a voluminous leather tote or trendy little clutch in hand.

Ukrainian Fashion Week kicked off on Friday and will showcase over 40 local designers over six days.

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