Russian street style is a mix of uptown and downtown – the catch: the ladies on the street have mastered alternating between the two in a flash. Whether the aesthetic is prim and proper, or edgy and modern, it is being captured by the likes of famous fashion photographers such as Tommy Ton, and Scott Schuman, putting the aesthetic of Russian women on the map of high fashion.
On the one hand, Russian street style seeks to encapsulate contemporary at its finest. Miroslava Duma has mastered the minimalist trend, and oftentimes incorporates mod colorblocking into her outfit.
The alternative archetype is the fabulous Park Avenue Princess. Dresses and skirts are full and feminine, dotted with pastoral florals. Heels are also ladylike; single-soled pumps with pointed toes are a common choice.
Russian street style is chic, sophisticated, at times eccentric, and always on the cutting edge of fashion. There is a dichotomy between modern and vintage. Either way, the looks are right on trend. When peplums are in vogue, you’ll see Elena Perminova making a statement in a large way. If it’s A-line or full-skirted silhouettes that are being most talked about, Ulyana Sergeenko will upstage the competitors in the most voluminous skirt you’ve ever seen.
Ksenia Sobchak wearing Vika Gazinskaya top
There are bright colors. There are oversized accessories. There are fabulous shoes and drool-worthy bags. When it comes to street style, Russian girls know how to play into the spectacle, and how to do so with integrity as each of them expresses a key element of her personality.Mollie Rifkin finds energy in fashion and art, and understood her calling at a young age. The fix she got from reading her mother’s copies of Vogue while growing up led her to fashion writing. Mollie is passionate about scouting trends before they hit the streets and putting them into words. She sees fashion as wearable art and reports on style and culture, all the while exploring how the two are interrelated. Mollie is based in New York City.