We don’t know how she does it yet Ulyana Sergeenko manages to wow us every season with her otherworldly creations. And her fall 2012 haute couture collection makes no exception. And boy oh boy these pieces are really breathtaking! The Russian designer and photographer doesn’t cease to amaze everyone with her seriously feminine silhouettes and achingly chic designs featuring intricate embroideries, oh-so-lovely florals, knits, delicate lace and tulle.
Speaking about her designing style, Sergeenko said in an interview with Wonderland magazine that, “It is strongly influenced by my childhood, with all its memories… also, old Soviet cartoons, small towns in Kazakhstan and Russia, family traditions. And then there are movies; it can be anything from Visconti and Fellini to Nikita Mikhalkov and Wong Kar-Wai. I love old Soviet films. Also, I was mesmerised by the way my grandmother looked; I guess she was the one who has influenced my style the most: she wore printed cotton dresses worn with hand-knitted sweaters or cardigans and heels.”
Ulyana Sergeenko’s designs are unique indeed. “In my work, there are a lot of references to Russian culture, especially Russian cinematography. I find inspiration for my collections in works by Mikhalkov, Kalatozov, Khuziev, Gerasimov. And I like traditional Russian crafts – all those embroideries, bead-works, hand-made laces and knits. They combine naivety with intricacy of technique,” she explained.
Sergeenko’s fall 2012 haute couture collection includes an array of eye-catchers. There are full skirts and ladylike waistlines, military coats, sweaters, pants and apron dresses, but also a parade of accessories such as babushkas, big fur hats and gloves, hand-carved wooden heels, nude leather ankle boots with fold-over detail and red over-the-knee boots.
Revealing her plans for 2012, Ulyana told Wonderland magazine that, “2012 is a very important year for us as we are planning our first show outside of Russia. Since there is no fashion industry in terms of production in Russia, it makes the working process very complicated. We create, produce, photograph, style, and do PR all in-house.And I’m very happy, as my team is what makes the Ulyana Sergeenko brand so unique. It’s not another clothing line, but a small world we invented here in Moscow.”
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