As someone whose wardrobe consists mainly of true vintage clothes from the 1930s to 1950s and who doesn’t care about trends that will change with a blink of an eye thus becoming last season before you know it, really it should come as no surprise to know that I show very little interest in contemporary designers unless their aesthetic is very similar to mine. Ulyana Sergeenko, or as I call her, the beacon of hope for the current state of fashion, is one of those very few designers who has translated her incredible style, in this particular case a mixture of Russian fairy-tale and my beloved fashion of the 1940s and 1950s, into her brand. Famous for her meticulous attention to details and quality as well as vintage references, Ulyana truly deserves to be put on the vintage-inspired fashion pedestal. I rarely get excited about anything in current fashion but both, the Ulyana Srgeenko F/W 2017-2018 Couture and Demi Couture collection made my heart skip a beat. It was simply beyond my control!
We read in the press release that “The silhouette has the strict elegance of the Forties: waists are nipped, shoulders are marked, trousers are wide and cropped. The severely masculine and the unabashedly feminine juxtapose in a glamorous counterpoint of extremes. Wool suits and barrel coats have a mannish allure that softens in the slouchy boudoir robes. Stray bullets and guns turn into embroideries, or are woven in Yelets and Vologda lace decorating coats, skirts and buttons. Bow-ties, braces and trumpets appear as embroideries too, further stressing the play of masculine and feminine. The femme fatales materialise in the curvaceous dresses richly embroidered with crystals and Marabou feathers, in the lingerie pieces worn under exaggerated fur coats. Detectives appear too, in their trademark concealing fedoras.” And it’s not only the clothes but also the brand’s accessories that help to accomplish the Femme Fatale look, if you don’t have access to true vintage clothes. If you are curious how I created the said look with the help of authentic 1940s suit and accessories read my article “Femme Fatale in 19th century art, film noir and fashion.” Speaking of the importance of accessories, that let’s face it, are like the cherry on top of a sundae, it so happens that the designer created a cherry in a form of the most beautiful bag I have ever laid my eyes upon. On that note I’m leaving you all to enjoy pictures from both collections, mixed with the beautiful behind the scenes where you can see the immaculate details on my dream clothes.
The dream bag!
Pictures courtesy of Ulyana Sergeenko PR
ULYANA SERGEENKO F/W 2017-2018 COUTURE COLLECTION
ULYANA SERGEENKO F/W 2017-2018 DEMI COUTURE COLLECTION – my personal favorites.