Thursday, February 26, 2009



Édité Showroom, Garment Center NYC February 25th, 2009

Words, Images Judith Ecochard

London based Vassilisa is a timeless romantic collection of elegant gowns and separates designed by the graceful Nadja Solovieva.

For Autumn/Winter 2009 Solovieva is inspired by her rich native “Russian Orthodox architecture, and golden icons…and the shapes are like garments that Russian women wear under saraphin jumpers.

“I don’t look at trends…I look at fairy tales, mythologies, art, architecture…and bits and elements I find at flea markets,” Solovieva notes.

We loved the elegant gold fabrics that are used in cocktail length frocks and a Goddess like long gown with a lovely woven bodice.

“I design for two categories…young socialites in their 20’s…and clients in their late 30’s/40’s who want to look like no other.”

It’s clear Solovieva admires YSL because her painstakingly HAND SEWN clothes while luxe, have a definite bohemian edge.


FUN FACTOID: One model that strutted the runway for Project Runway finale last week…a 9AM show at the Bryant Park Tents…had to be there at 5AM.