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Ulyana Sergeenko’s inimitable style

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Russian stylist, photographer and now designer, Ulyana Sergeenko burst onto the fashion week street-style scene like a bag of candy. Making more front row costume changes than Anna Dello Russo, the Russian style icon has translated her madcap sensibilities into carefully curated works of couture.



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Sergeenko’s eponymous couture label was first presented in AW12 – a rich stew of her Russian heritage, with full quilted skirts, fur hats and floral Babushka’s. Nineteenth-century military coats, countryside polka dots, soft mohair, lace and over-the-knee boots created a femme fatale play on war and peace. Sergeenko hoped the collection would “show the richness of Russian history and craft and its delicacy” – a point expertly made with a military uniform in grey wool, detailed with a quilted peplum, hand-embroidered epaulettes and accessorised with an army-issue flask, embellished with bright red berries. 


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The collection was a perfect illustration of Sergeenko’s own style. Sometimes Disney-style Cinderella, sometimes Grace Kelly, the alabaster-skinned designer has a folkish fairy-tale appeal, tinged with the luxury of an aristocratic Anna Karenina.


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Spring/Summer 13 was equally majestic. A flight of fancy potent with princess poufs and pre-revolution influences by way of Gone With the Wind. A floor sweeping taffeta gown in an acidic apple with a plunging sweet heart neckline is topped with a head scarf and lace fingerless gloves. Traditional Russian inspiration seeps through with fable-esque costume, updated with a sultry twist. 


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Floor length gowns with apron panels were shown alongside severe corsetry, blouson sleeves, gathered off-shoulder tops, frilly bloomers and wide-brimmed straw hats, courtesy of Stephen Jones. Straw pieces with frayed edges and crocheted dresses with long tassels and floral embroideries emphasised the sweetness of rural Russia, complete with middle partings and braided up-dos. The playfulness of the designer’s own dress sense was seen in colourful glasses embellished with plastic fruit, cat earrings, story books and slingshots slyly tucked into belts. Always an element of cheeky, covert malice, however cute.


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