The brand’s new collection is for the urban woman who follows the latest fashion trends mixed with her own experiments with details, silhouettes and stories that she wants to tell through her clothes.
Lewis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland was the muse for this collection - a true daydreamer who embarks on a stylish adventure with the March Hare, the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat as her loyal companions. Their influence is as clear in the casual part of the collection as it is in the cocktail dresses and even men's formal wear.
In the first part of the collection, one can see the author's love for experimenting with geometric patterns smoothed over by the romance of Victorian England. As a result, we see florals take the leading role. Subtle, delicate, voluminous flowers made of pastel silks and batiste are brought to life in the garments themselves, as well as in the details and accessories.
Skirt hems are decorated with voluminous flowers, bodices are dotted with delicate floral designs, and the feminine forms of the luxuriant skirts remind us of the rosebuds and petals of the Queen’s Garden. The sleeves, collars and pelerines, replicating the subtle forms of nature, were diligently put together by the designer using dozens of details for each unique piece, while the flowerbed purse holds everything our heroine needs on her adventure.
One of the main features of Vera Kostyurina's designs - the possibility to completely transform the clothing items– is still used in her new collection. Because of this, a purposely-eccentric combination of a voluminous floral pelerine, a full skirt and a blouse can be taken apart into three elements, which have a completely different air if combined with casual clothes. Feminine dresses of silk organza turn out to be a set of a simple pencil dress and a summer coat tied at the waist with a belt.
A smooth transition from the romance of a magical garden to the eveningwear is facilitated by the line of pantsuits, decorated with the eccentric characters of Lewis Carroll. The White Rabbit, cards, flamingos are brought to life on the material with the help of special prints (a method used by the designer for the first time) and applications. The Cheshire Cat – Alice’s main assistant on her journey – is able to appear out of nowhere (just like in the fairy-tale) in different places e.g. like an original leather clutch or a zip-out collar. The color palette in the middle of the show goes through changes, becoming more and more colorful.
At the end of the show, a bright palette of violet, dark blue and emerald green shades prevails in the set of cocktail dresses. In the evening collection, the designer's love for unusual geometric shapes comes to life in the strict card-like silhouettes. Here, corsets, narrow skirts, and the spiky “spade-like” and “diamond-like” lines of the shoulders contrast with subtle flowery silhouettes from the first block.
The Mad Hatter, a symbol of English fashion, has also become the symbol for the male collection. Smart woolen suits go together with shirts decorated with ironic embroidery of soft pink-cornflower-coral shades. Mid-length jackets with wide lapels and the embroidery of emblems depicting the familiar characters support the English theme specified by the author.