Alena Akhmadullina has always been my ultimate girl crush and one of my favorite designers. Her impeccable sense of style, ability to recreate a well known fairytale and transform it into a clothing masterpiece let her deservedly rein the throne of Russian Fashion. This time around I wasn’t working on a fashion show as usual, but got a pleasure being a spectator and just enjoying the show.
For Fall-Winter 2014/15 Akhmadullina addresses to the Oscar Wilde’s “Canterville Ghost” . The designer solves a difficult problem of the translation of the literary work on fashion language through collection structure, a cut of the models, used materials and author’s prints. Each item of a collection is itself a history, the little chapter of a big story.
Being inspired by an Englishman’s suit, Akhmadullina represents his reading in a shape of women’s clothing through such details as the increased lapels, details of a classical trench on a coat and dresses, and also combinations of English suit’s main elements.
Author’s prints send us back to certain heroes and a place of a fantasy narration. Floor-lenght evening dresses are made of fabric with prints in the form of the old lock interior details - chandeliers with candelabrums and wooden panels of walls and the floor performed in dark tones with a touch of bright flowers. The XVIII century woman suit became an inspiration for other prints - laces drawn manually with a pencil and a water color, a large print from the tapes drawn with a water color and buttonholes.
The block of silver skin clothing pieces deserves to be mentioned separately: there are dresses, shirts, trousers, clutches, shoes. Silver color - the trend of a FW 14/15 season- settled on a texture of skin has received the sharpest interpretation in a collection.