At Ulyana Sergeenko’s show at Palais de Tokyo the guests were invited to a crimson tent with a floor covered in golden glitter. Having learned from the prior mishaps Ulyana had other tasks than just restoring her reputation in the eyes of the media. In cooperation with Jenke Ahmed Tailley, the house’s Ivorian art director, the designer was inspired by Asian and African cultures. The show was titled “Journey To Samarkand”.
The show started off with a performance by Sébastien Tellier; a few minutes later the guests were overwhelmed with a plethora of colours and the complex execution of the collection’s items. Asian motifs could be spotted in multi-layered characters, tunica-like tank tops, large trousers, and fine embroidery on veil capes and asymmetrical swimsuits. Ulyana Sergeenko was aided by her old friends at Faidee jewelry house in the luxurious adornment of the outfits presented at the show. Burmese rubies shined in rings, earrings, necklaces, and were even embedded in some of the dresses. The new culture for Ulyana blended nicely with Russian motifs which have always inspired her. Roomy silk trousers and bell sleeves of Cossack blouses, warm fur coats, and boudoir gowns finished with feathers went perfectly together with other items of the collection while certain embroidered element were made by the Krestetskaya Strochka factory.
Written by Irina Safronova and Polina Vorobyova
Translated by Tony Savosin