IFA Review – Valentin Yudashkin at Paris Fashion Week

There were sequins and feathers and it was all oozing sex appeal. Russian designer Valentin Yudashkin’s collection was anything but minimalist, the decadence of his clothes reflected well in the Baroquesqe salon we were seated in at the Westin Hotel.  The collection was inspired by the ‘Amber Room’- a chamber consisting of Amber, Gold and Mirrors that dates back to 18th century Prussia and was destroyed during World War II. As the warm light of the chandeliers flooded the room, the first model walked down in a fiery red power-suit with kohl laden eyes.

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The collection debuted with relaxed strapless tunics paired with flared trousers, velvet suits and cardigans over draped leather skirts. Yudashkin then blew in a breeze of drama with glittery lamé jackets, appliquéd velvet rompers and feather motif bomber jackets. Think Femme Fatale meets Showgirl!

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Then marched in the dresses. Tinted with seventies’ drama, each more extravagant than its counterpart. There were holographic tiled sequins, a beautiful confection of lace and sheers that only just covered the delicate areas and luxurious candy-wrapper pants. Since it is Fall/Winter, the designer went on to present some fur boas, velvet ski jackets and voluminous coats in gauzy fabrics with contrasting linings.

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The literal interpretation of his inspiration was seen in a series of trompe l’oeil bomber jackets  and mini dresses in molten shades of orange. And then, he truly saved the best for last – a clique of floor sweeping evening gowns in dark chocolate, bronze and foil gold. Scalloped sequined patterns, feather detailing and antler appliqué governed this risqué gowns. As the models glided across the runway, they were visions of porcelain skin draped in liquid metal. His gowns were daring but also had achieved a detailing so luxurious you couldn’t take your eyes off them. An ostentatious and excessive line-up, we loved it!

Written by Tanya Mehta