Sunday, April 3, 2011

Natalya Kolykhalova AW2011 - Review

This one was a cat in the bag for me! Not knowing anything about the designer, I did not have any expectations whatsoever but she surprised me. An elegant collection with a 70's and Frenchy flair - nice to know that Russian designers are in tune with the global fashion trends. The retro sunglasses and suede gloves added a nice finishing touch. Lots of flowing fabrics and gorgeous cuts along with sheer elements and embroidery. I think sheer can be very difficult to pull off but Natalya has managed it perfectly. I tried to take some detail shots so you can fully apprehend the intricate detail of the pieces.

The evening gowns where simply stunning and the photos really do not do them justice - sexy without being vulgar.

Overall, I would not say that Kolykhalova exhibited any extreme originality in her collection but it definitely had a signature touch and presented versatile and wearable pieces. I guess in future I would love to see her push the limits a bit and come up with a few more daring pieces.

Here is a little slideshow to give you a better idea (all photos and editing by me):