One of the world's most in-demand models and Raf Simons’ favorite, Ukrainian top model Mariya Markina becomes the face of LITKOVSKAYA Spring-Summer 2013 collection.
'A love story staged in empty environment', was the work title for the shoot. Depicting anticipation of love, hunger for sensual contact and physicality -- the series explore an idea of emotional attachment and physical obsession with the very object of desire missing. The final result, shot by Cate Underwood and styled by Venya Brykalin, presents a mixture of clinical images staged in anonymous and desolate white space and stark black and white portraits, dynamic and savage. Combined together, they create atmosphere both ambivalent and sensually charged. There is a notion of suspense and certain physical tention to the pictures of Markina's character -- a girl longing for love that never happened.
VANITY FAIR Italia january 2013. English version of the interview:
photographer, and now a great leap into advertizing.
fashionista gives precious advise
about fashion to
everyone. Including little Eva. BY CRISTINA MANFREDI
Have you already heard about Cate Underwood? Then it's because you are an
enthusiast for Instagram or else you are in search of bloggers who are
trend-setters. This Ukrainian girl is one of the new queens of the internet,
but don't think she is only interested in praising this or that look online. At
22 years of age, Cate has earned a small segment of international fame because
she is a consummate model and, above all, because she shoots super-cool fashion
She arrived in Italy thanks to Mauro Grifoni, the brand that wanted her
as the protagonist of its most recent two campaigns. Afterwards one of its
managers began to follow her photographic posts and was fascinated. Cate
Underwood doesn't just represent the new generation of fashionistas from the
East, women by now liberated from the bling-aesthetic of the recent past. She
was only 18 when she gave birth to Eva, and she talks enthusiastically about
her precocious wish for motherhood, something that's in the air throughout
Europe and is the result of an intention, not a mistake. Just as was once the
case with her own mom, who is also her muse.
Cate, at 22 years
old, how do you look after a little girl aged three and a half?
"Well, I chose to marry very young. But when I became pregnant
everyone said I'd be sorry and that it would be terrible. That wasn't true. The
arrival of Eva galvanized me and was a great motivating force: I matured
greatly, in a click. I'm happy to have had her so soon. When I held her in my
arms I realized it had been just the right moment to have a daughter."
But is there a
devoted husband to take care of everything?
"We separated some time ago. I am a traditionalist and I believe
deeply in marriage, but at one point I told myself that my little girl would
never be happy if I weren't happy too, and so I made that decision. I would like to say
to women of my own age never to be discouraged by human and professional
uncertainties. If you think it's the right thing to do, have your children
right away. You won't be sorry."
Isn't it possible
that raising a baby by yourself has its negative side?
"I look after her, and work and try to help her grow as a person.
It's normal that at times I feel a little guilty because I don't devote all my
time to Eva, but I think you have that feeling at any age. And then I have a
fantastic model to follow: my own mother. There's only twenty years' difference
between us, and for me she remains an essential anchor, even
Tell the truth:
Wouldn't you like your own daughter to admire you in the same way?
"And how! One of the most amazing things about motherhood is
passing on your own values, even about fashion - why not?"
If you had to give
three fashion tips to Eva, what would they be?
"Above all I would tell her always to dress in an appropriate way.
Many girls in Kiev have a scruffy look. They reckon they are in the right but,
I think, this is only a way of showing their uncertainties. Before going out, I
always think about where I am going and I dress myself accordingly. Then, never
ever choose shoes that are uncomfortable. At lastly, never try hard but also never neglect your own
appearance, even if you are only going to the supermarket for shopping. When it
comes down to it, you never know what life might have in store for you in the frozen
Right and above: Cate
Underwood, 22, in two preview shots from the Mauro Grifoni 2013 spring/summer
campaign, for which she curated the whole concept, as she had already done for
the advertising images for the winter collection.