The theme driving the Yanina Couture Fall/Winter 2019/2020 collection, which celebrated its runway debut at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, is the idea of “women’s time.” The opulent and regal fashion collection was inspired by the United Kingdom’s Queen Victoria and Russia’s Empress Elizaveta Petrovna. Though these monarchs ruled very differently – in different parts of the globe with wildly different styles – each left a lasting impact on their respective style eras.
“Elizaveta Petrovna was an innovator who developed art, culture and science. Known as fashionista, followed the trends and set the tone for the whole court,” the brand said in a press release. “A passionate lover of the Baroque, the empress introduced a desire for luxury and grandeur even in small things, so that the Russian imperial court of the 1740s and 1950s was one of the most sophisticated in Europe. She did not appear in the same costume twice, preferring to change out ts several times a day, thanks to this, more than 15 thousand dresses are inherited.”
In contrast, “Victoria was an absolute puritan,” the label added. “In her time, irreproachable reputation was valued above any money, while doubtful one instantly closed all doors. Politeness and restraint were considered virtues. Queen Victoria became the rst British monarch to wear a white wedding dress. At that time, any colors other than white wereaccepted in the wedding fashion. The queen invented a special model of a wedding dress – Victorian with anarrow bodice, voluminous skirt on crinolines and a long train.
You’ll see the rulers’ fashion influences through Yanina Couture’s use of corsets, bows, embroidered stockings, high neck collars, and more historical details. Lace and leather are a particularly great combination seen throughout the line.