Friday, 8 March 2013

Valentin Yudashkin AW2012/13

This show is always a fabulous spectacle of opulence and over decoration and this season did not disappoint! Held at the VERY fancy Hotel Westin close to Tulleries the gold leaf decor in the salon room suited the designer's grand designs.
Opening with fabulous layers of tailoring in white, icy blue and cream. The dazzling power suits, interlaced with flashes of silver and a pastel colour palette was accessorised with panels of luxurious fur while sequins and jewels trimmed garments. High waists and a line skirts channelled the 50’s while power dressing suits hinted at the bourgeois classes of the 1980’s. The full collection held onto a motif of an ice queen – beautiful, painfully feminine and mysterious.
A snowflake motif was shown sparingly leaving the themes open to interpretation.
Jackets were buttonless and tied at the waist with brocade rope adding to the elegant appeal. Capes and muffs reminded onlookers of the designers Russian roots while the excessive use of fur and jeweling screamed of stereotypical Russian upper classes of the past.
Textures built through fur were also deconstructed with panels of sheer lace and knitted broderie anglaise.
The dainty wiggle dresses and feminine themes descended into sexy, daring evening wear at an alarming rate. For a sparkle lover, like myself, this section of the collection was breathtaking.
Sheer dresses completely covered in jewels sashayed down the runway, shoulders spiked with silver, thigh high side splits and off the shoulder boudoir wiggle dresses, became the norm. Rouched taffeta and satin dazzled completely covered in heavenly bling softened only by the pom-pom earrings that accessorised the entire collection.

I am a big fan of Valentin Yudashkin and LOVE his Russian winter styles – always providing a stunning, opulent collection proving that less is not always more. 

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