Evgenia Luzhina understands the intersection of storytelling and fashion. Born in Moscow surrounded by innovative theater troupes and soaring ballerinas, costume design was her first style love. For over 30 years she served as a designer for the Moscow Chamber Forms Theater and other productions in Russia, Washington DC, and Los Angeles. Eventually, her storybook looks reached the runway, winning accolades for regality and decadent towering headgear. Now, spectators expect these tropes and turn out to see what new historically-inspired collection she’s been working on. This fall at Couture Fashion Week, her collection featured traditional high-court dresses enhanced with a modern twist.
Evgenia Luzhina typically focuses her collections around one notable historical period or somber color palette. This season, the magic was in the colors. Each piece at the Russian designer’s Couture Fashion Week show boasted vibrant cornflower blue mixed with white and gold details. These adornments varied dramatically between outfits, presenting an array of decorations. Gold butterflies, beaded flower, and bejeweled choker necklaces all made an appearance. It was these designs, jeweled chokers and heavy sweeping gowns, that best demonstrated Luzhina’s ability to adapt her classical training to contemporary times.These dresses, modeled by women and children, were effectively showy and elegant at the same time. Removed, but also richly relevant. Paired with gorgeous headpieces, each outfit served as a decadent testimony to both the theatrical background and fashion sense of a respected creative woman.
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