Svitlana Bevza is one of Kyiv’s leading designers, known for infusing her Ukrainian identity into her minimalist designs. She showed her fall 2022 collection on February 14 at New York Fashion Week, as tensions between Russia and Ukraine were mounting. She closed her show with a projection of the country’s blue-and-yellow flag. A few days later, she flew back to Kyiv to be with her husband and two children, as well as her mother and mother-in-law, who are now staying with her. Since Bevza’s return, she has remained in Kyiv as President Vladimir Putin of Russia has ordered an invasion of Ukraine. Currently, Russian troops are outside of Kyiv, and she hears explosions and gunfire from her home in the suburbs. Throughout this, she is fiercely hopeful that the people of Ukraine will live through this and unite. Bevza tells Vogue about her experience the last couple of days.