A la russe

par Shannah

I have yet talked about Russian fashion designers, but know, let’s talk about Russia-inspired fashion designers (so, non-Russian). Russia is known for its imperial silhouettes, its furs, its baroque shimmers. True genies of fashion and beauty were inspired by the Russian style.

Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent is one of my favorite artists, and when discovering his 1976 Fall-Winter collection Opéra – Ballets russes, I have been rejoiced.

Yves Saint Laurent said, about this collection : « Ce n’est peut-être pas la meilleure, mais à coup sûr la plus belle. » The show took place in the hotel InterContinental.

Brocades, velvet, exotic colors, imperial skirts…


Gabrielle Chanel was in love with Russia – first with one of his Grand Dukes, Dmitri Pavloitch, whom she had an affair in 1921. Chanel was really sensitive to Russian soul. In 1917, after the Revolution, she hosted composer Igor Stravinsky and his family in her house. And, of course, we cannot forget her friendship with Diaghilev, and what is born of it : her collaboration to th Ballets Russes (she conceived the costumes for ballet Le Train bleu).

For the Fall-Winter 2009 Métiers d’Art collection, artistic director Karl Lagerfeld drew on the passion of Coco to create Paris-Moscou.

Oscar de la Renta

Fur, colorful scarves, embroideries; you only have to imagine St Peterbsurg’s frozen streets…

Temperley London

Fall-Winter 2012