Fashion is a family business at the Valentin Yudashkin mansion, with his daughter and grandson even taking a bow after the Valentin Yudashkin spring/summer 2017 runway show, held at this innovative Paris Fashion Week. Introducing his family’s youngest members to us is a choice many are already interpreting as Yudashkin’s willingness to reinvent and refresh his always highly awaited styles, which often combine theatrical elements with more wearable motifs.
The Valentin Yudashkin spring/summer 2017 collection was, in fact, extremely versatile, although mainly featuring evening proposals and overall ethereally sophisticated figures. Not for nothing, the renowned Russian designer decided to open his runway show with a dream array of total white proposals, the conceptual lines, clean cuts and slightly gauzy material of which were a breath of fresh air.
With total white outfits being all the rage right now, Yudashkin’s choice to focus on such a contemporary look just confirmed his never-ending appeal and fascination for all the changes fashion embraces and embodies, both technologically (as seen most recently in Chanel’s and Mugler’s spring/summer 2017 collections) and conceptually.
Although not in a predominant way, some of the Yudashkin proposals even featured little mannish touches here and there, as seen for example in the range of the suit jackets. Given the fact that the Russian designer is mostly known for his theatrical and sumptuously elegant silhouettes, which often head to the world’s leading museums, this is no small feat for sure.
Tailored suits, minimalistic jumpsuits and even loungewear-inspired proposals dominated the lineup’s first section, which, of course, enhanced the hourglass figures with thin belts cinched at the waists.
As for the collection’s second part, the Russian designer began adding hints of colors with either ton-sur-ton beige patterns, or light sequined motifs. Fresh varsity jackets, striped skirts and layered dresses introduced us to the collection’s blue period, wherein the staples quickly varied from workwear-inspired ensembles to ultra-elegant evening dresses.
Being extremely experienced when it comes to different fabrics, he specifically created the daywear outfits with more textured, if not even heavyweight materials, leaving the gossamer layers of cloths for the red carpet-ready looks.
The 36-piece Valentin Yudashkin spring 2017 collection’s grand finale was specifically all about femininity and lightness, both intended as brightness and frivolity. While focusing on flattering silhouettes that caressed the bodies without looking too tight or too uncomfortable, Valentin Yudashkin’s approach to his very last pieces was almost architectural, with cut-outs and embroidered hems balancing and shaping the silhouettes.
There was an inevitable attention to the details, as well as to the legs and chests. To keep everything extremely harmonized, Yudashkin treated us to super short dresses that bared the legs, or floor-length gowns paired with plunging V-necklines, making sure the final creation would end up being unapologetically polished.
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