If once you happen to be captured by an enthusiasm to delve into Russian history to seize its aesthetics, the pulchritude and glory of the Russian woman moving from Empire Russia to the Soviet Union, then in the long run to contemporary Russian Federation, no need to dig into thick encyclopedias, just turn to Ulyana Sergeenko for precious help. She has much to tell you through her high-profile, second to none haute couture collections that never fail in exposing a fragment of Russian history, a stroke of Russian beauty or a touch of soft sexuality a al Russia. Here you are again laying your eyes on the recently unveiled Ulyana Sergeenko Couture spring/summer 2016 collection that was showcased today at the Hotel de la Salle with golden design just in keeping with this stunning woman’s noble and queenly essence.
When eccentric Ulyana Sergeenko first landed on the fashion world, she was not that woman to appear at the end of the runway show to greet everyone with her sweet smile: she was the active first row frequenter at the likes of Versace, Jean Paul Gaultier and Valentino. She was not only attending but propelling all and sundry to discuss and analyze her “babushka” style afterwards, which was in fact quite innovative for intriguing and audacious Europe.
It carries on staying innovative and so favorite for many women all over the world, an affection that is sure to kick it with higher gear after catching her new lavish tray served today in the evening again appearing knee-deep in big swooshy skirts, wasp waists managed through feminine and provocative corsets, delicate heart shaped necklines, puffed grandiose shoulders and geometrical cutouts.
The new Ulyana Sergeenko Couture spring 2016 collection is a celebration of the 19th century Russian nobles and a reflection to that flamboyant and glittering mood reigning in the last decade of the Soviet Union. And here that lavish tray is being replenished and enriched with gypsy ruffles, sparkling sequins and massive airy bottoms. Those fascinating dresses of calf length (the favorite of Ulyana Sergeenko) opening the show whether done up in mourning black or else abruptly jumping to a pale yellow + grey combination, with bottoms parading cascading layers, while waist going narrower and narrower, are suggestive of nothing else but noble dolls. Shimmering silver pieces under the guise of a pantsuit with puffed sleeves or a pair of trousers teamed with intimate lightweight robe are in anticipation to mingle with crazy dancing people in a ‘80s Soviet Union disco.
Ruffled pieces are so featherweight and mind-blowing especially when tailored from diaphanous fabrics like that powdery pink number that is showing off a real ruffle festival, with a golden chain belt cinched around the waist and ballooned sleeves. But soon enough that number is to consign into oblivion when a crimson red mini dress all enfolded with ruffles comes into view.
Ulyana Sergeenko’s creativity is soaring up with a satin red high-low coat-dress with flaring layers, and poetic sleeves embellished with glittering sequins.
A couple of panther girl all-black strapless pantsuits are a thing of contemporary Russian woman. And with frosty Russia caressing warm fur should play with all its colors. Ulyana’s colors are mint green and pale yellow. Oh, and those apple caps placed sideways, bucket hats entirely hiding eyes, mysterious masks, sweet buns and eyeglasses with differently shaded lenses are really some pumpkins!
Photos courtesy of Vogue