I met designer Elena Vasilieva a few weeks ago and have been waiting for her lookbook to come out since I first spotted this dress on her blog. Well… perhaps ‘met’ is a strong word. More like found each other …ah Twitter… but we couldn’t quite content ourselves to 140 characters and so, a few emails later I happily laid my eyes on her Summer 2010 lookbook for what will be her first collection.
This pink dress is simple in cut, but there’s something about the detail on the shoulders that I really love. Not quite puffy enough to qualify as pompoms, let’s call them 3-D polkadots?… So these little 3-D polkadots… they really got me. I couldn’t quite put my finger on the material used to make the dress either and felt slightly silly when she told me it was cotton…(The light cotton material is the reason behind the slight ‘shine’ featured by some of the dresses.) In the same breath she explained that she tends toward natural materials and does her best to steer clear of synthetics. Looking over her other designs, she takes a basic design and seems to really zero in on the details. Most of her pieces have textural detail be it the 3-D polkadots, aptly placed buttons or adding strings of pearl beads to an otherwise demure carry-all.
Admittedly the collection is made up of classic cuts and there are a few basic pieces included for good measure (also, the orange purse harkens back to this falls Chanel bag à la Lily Allen)..but all in all this recent law graduate is doing pretty darn good for herself. Yes, you read it right: law graduate. As in, she hasn’t studied design, and yet….and yet her blog chronicles her journey through her drawings and inspiration, her creations and designs and this both in terms of clothing and accessories. Not one to rest on her laurels, she does plan to do see this fashion thing through. She’s actually currently in a toss up between London College of Fashion & St Martin’s. Decisions, decisions…