Russian designer Olga Vilshenko attributes her early fashion education to watching her mother sew outlandish outfits for her and her family during the extreme austerity of communist USSR. Vilshenko's own design aesthetic—an amalgam of traditional folkloric Russian influences and clean, minimalist silhouettes—owes something to this idea of beauty and restraint, with arguably her best pieces being the least "design-y."
Vilshenko's sumptuous spring collection was equal parts 60's flight attendant and Matryoshka doll, executed in a rich palette of deep navy and tobacco brown punctuated by bursts of pale champagne silk. A lambskin sheath dress in dark indigo delivers the "wow" factor, while no-fuss favorites like pleated wool skirts and simple satin tees give the collection a coherent foundation.
Olga is firmly supplanted on our Fashion Week radar for spring, but in the meantime, we can only keep our fingers crossed that that navy leather dress pops up at Barney's next season.
Check out the complete spring/summer collection at www.vilshenko.com.