Russian designer Vika Gazinskaya is an almost constant presence around here. Her design aesthetic includes playing with different volumes while at the same time keeping the lines clean and crisp. I remember thinking something very similar to the phrase above when I came up with the questions for an interview with Vika back in August. Now, while things are generally being kept like that, we enter a new dimension especially in what volume is concerned. The final effect is obtained by counterbalancing the upper and lower parts, regardless we are talking about one or two pieces. My absolute favorite so far must be the following grey ensemble, which oozes chicness and delicacy. Simple, yet it says so much!
The intricate detailing going on at the pleating of the bottom part which, together with the bell sleeves makes for a modern take on the classic silhouette.
As you can see in the pictures, Vika is taking a turn from the classic, dark color palette and indulges us into more vivid hues, reminiscent of the greens and blues specific to summer. Until now, I was somehow expecting to see just dashes of color thrown into a certain look, somehow to mark some changes of lines or textures. So I could easily say that I am a bit surprised by entire looks being so colorful and not seeing the usual and rather singular pops of color. So alluring!
It is my personal idea that playing with both volume and color in an outfit is one of the most difficult things to do. On the other side, knowing how Vika masters volume play I have no fear in believing she can do wonders in this new endeavor of hers. I am already loving the previews which Vika has so kindly offered to show us and, what can I say, I can't wait to see the entire collection...
all photos: courtesy of Vika Gazinskaya, photographer: Ernest Yakovlev
Vika Gazinskaya will be presenting her new S/S 2011 collection in Paris, from 30 September until October 5. These are the first images from the lookbook and, along with the garments themselves, I love the way they are showcased. The model makes everything look even more surreal - or am I under this impression just because I have been staring at the photos too much? Could be... Plus, I have been debating whether I should call the model a doll or not, just thinking that by doing this it would add to the surreal impression...
Know more about Vika:
♥ Interview: Vika Gazinskaya (exclusive)
♥ Designer Spotlight: Vika Gazinskaya
♥ Stylin' Girl: Vika Gazinskaya
♥ Official website