how now Moscow: the Russian-inspired trend

Get your passport ready — this season we’re all aboard to Moscow. The Fall runways were abound with opulent, majestic fabrics; dark, mysterious makeup and pale porcelain skin; and adorably kitschy accessories all fit for a Russian princess. Check out the posh particulars of this easy-to-wear trend:

Look for sturdy brocade patterns in rich jewel tones that incorporate velvet or metallic accents. Matthew Williamson, Kenzo, and Rochas have all featured this classically glamorous fabric in their fall lines, and now’s the time for you to follow suit. However, don’t feel like you have to pay big bucks for this luxurious look — affordable stores like ASOS and Nasty Gal are also offering brocade products this season. Avoid mixing other prints with brocade and stick to dark solids — black is an infallible choice. Or dress down a brocade skirt with a simple white tee and flats.

My own personal fascination with this trend began when Charlotte Olympia introduced her whimsical line of Matryoshka (Russian doll) accessories earlier this month. Known for her playful, quirky design attitude (her cat shoes are phenomenal. If you haven’t seen them yet you should get on that), Charlotte didn’t disappoint with her new Russian clutches and heels. I love the old-world appeal of the doll and how she freshened it up with bright, fun colors. Lanvin and Judith Leiber have also hopped on the train to Moscow — Lanvin’s elegant Russian ballerinas are sure to be a conversation starter, as is Leiber’s gloriously intricate Faberge egg purse.

To complete the look, go dark — dark lips, dark nails, and dark brows. Swipe on a smooth shade of scarlet, ruby, or even deep purple lipstick with a hint of shimmer to add dimension. (My favorite is Nars Pure Matte Lipstick in Volga). Leave the matte shades for your nails, which will look marvelous in a velvety matte jewel tone. Try a smooth sapphire, captivating emerald, or a royal amethyst. OPI offers some great jewel shades. Lastly, feel free to skip the salon sesh — full, dark brows wrap up this look in a dramatic fashion.


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