Preserving Russian Folkart: Emilia Wickstead Fall/Winter 2017 LFW

Runway, Women, Collections, Runway

Classically feminine, the Emilia Wickstead Fall/Winter 2017 runway drew inspiration from one person in particular: Natalia Shabelsky, a Russian noblewoman who dedicated herself to preserving traditional folk art. Included along with the usual floral patterns were shades of blush and periwinkle, supplemented by scarlet and a gorgeous Kelly green. Rounded shoulder silhouettes were a common theme, and they paired well with Wickstead’s usual high-waisted skirts and loose, puffy sleeves. This season was also the first for the designer to explore denim: debuting in the form of a high-waisted carrot fit pant with a classic indigo wash. At the show’s closing, the audience was treated to an intricate example of beadwork on transparent fabrics. Light and graceful, they were the ethereal highlights of the collection.

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