Alena Akhmadullina FW 09

Alena Akhmadullina is a relatively new talent in the Paris fashion scene. The Saint Petersburg designer started her eponymous line in 2001, and debuted on the Paris runways in autumn 2005. I've honestly never heard the name before, but her fancifully illustrated dresses caught my eye this season. I am quite in love with the mythical looking birds, horses and dragons, but my favourite piece has to be the brilliantly sculpted vine dress.

Looking back through past collections on her website, I can tell that much progress has been made in these short few years. The knotted braces layered over floaty fabrics in the spring 09 collection are also particularly eye-catching. The site describes the Akhmadullina wardrobe as "a combination of Russian audacity and Paris sense of style. It is an independently bold but womanly seductive image." Aptly said, in my opinion. The balance of kookiness and beautiful construction in the clothes is just right.

images via lesoir.be


kevin said...

I looove the outfit that looks like a bear shaman burning in a bon fire. Spectacular!

These models are much prettier than most I see on the runway.

Anonymous said...

oooh LOVE this! really love the subtle earthy celtic thing going on here.

Planetalf said...

gorgeous color palette. perfect for the fall

Amelia said...

I can't believe I hadn't heard of her either. These are absolutely gorgeous, particularly the bottom left one. I can't get over how cool the bird motif is.

Insomnia said...

She's definitely one of the best Russian designers at this moment!

thefatandskinnyonfashion said...

These dresses are so primitive and animalistic. I love it.

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