Ulyana Sergeenko Haute Couture Spring 2013
by Melissa Tunstall
Once upon a time, Ulyana Sergeenko sent a fairy tale themed collection down the runway. The time? Her Spring 2013 couture collection. And the place was none other than Paris. However, Sergeenko’s collection was hardly just for Parisian princesses. In fact, it was much more of an international house of princesses moment.
Heroines wearing designs with touches of Mexican, Spanish, French, British, Russian, and even 19th century Americana waltzed down the yellow brick road inspired runway. Dresses with Mexican inspired knit shawls and ponchos fit into the collection of printed dresses perfect for exploring the frontier in America. Heavy tweeds mixed in alongside golden silks. Hats, bags, and even some weapons truly conjured up reminders of traditional national dress.
Yet, however costumey the collection’s inspiration was, the intricate workmanship of the garments allowed one to overlook the very literal translation of the inspiration. The built-in peplum added dimension; the puffy-sleeved shirts are so beautifully done that Mrs. Seinfeld would beg to wear one on The Today Show; and the layers of lace done so delicately that they cascade softly over another one adding volume without becoming cake-like. A fairly neutral color palate, the pops of the chartreuse dress and red cape are breathtaking and show stealing.
Sergeenko may have taken her inspiration from fairy tales of yesteryear, but she has designed a line that would add make the modern day heroine feel empowered, brave, and mostly beautiful.