Every young girl has had dreams of being a ballerina at least once in her life, including myself. As a mature women I even take ballet classes to improve my posture, so when I laid eyes on the YANINA COUTURE SPRING/SUMMER 2016 collection all my childhood dreams came to life on the runway. It seems designer Yulia Yanina had the same dreams and wanted to express her love for Russia, France and the relationship both countries have with classical dance.
YANINA COUTURE SPRING/SUMMER 2016 BALLET DREAMS
The celebutante of the Yanina Couture spring collection was a girl, a romantic dreamer obsessed with ballet. The collection is all about the dance from beginning to end. The garments encouraged the audience at the show to leap on the runway and pirouette away with the models. So elegant, with tulle all most on all the pieces, this is what ballet dreams are made of. I sometime wished I could wear tulle everyday. I can remember running around the house as a child with my tutus on, and this collection brought me back to those days. It was a parade of the most to die for tutus I have ever seen. There were also hats, like those worn by Anna Pavlova and Ida Rubinstein in the 1910’s, embroidery, taffeta, veil, tulle and velvet.
In my eyes the collection also had a very intellectual spin; with a strong emphasise on the arts, literature, painting and ballet. To me this is what Haute Couture is all about. The female protagonist of the collection is in love with Russian and French culture, she was brought up on Russian classics and the French sexy novels, she loves impressionist paintings and Diaghilev’s Russian seasons. The collection is a kind of dedication to these historical and aesthetic links between Russia and France with a declination of colours from pearl grey to powder pink colours that make most skin tones glow. For me this was a Haute Couture sleeper. The house seems to improve each season and get better and better each time they show.
This collection references the classical 19th century one of my favourites. It was a time of aristocratic culture, Champaign, flapper dresses, and a time when women paid close attention to their appearance. It was a very sexy and classical time for culture and fashion. This season Yannina Couture nailed it and brought Haute Couture back to its essence, the collection made us dream of fancy nights out with intellectual friends.
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Photos by Rudy de Monteiro