The Ulyana Sergeenko Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2013/2014 collection was quite a spectacle. Formerly a model herself, Ulyana Sergeenko has had her share of ups and downs, as did this show. It may be true that the Russian influences that inspire her designs are a little dark and heavy. You can judge for yourself based on Ulyana’s July 2, 2013, showing in Paris of her Haute Couture Fall line.
Covered up from neck to shoes, this black dress is not what you usually see on the runway. While other designers are showing ever more skin, Ulyana is keeping things under wraps. Oh, wait. Nope, she’s not shy. These stockings and garters with jacket are far from modest. And here’s a stunning evening gown, gorgeously embroidered at the top…What? She’s wearing galoshes with it! Open, unzipped galoshes! Could there BE a more inelegant look? The theme song is about tears; that explains the makeup, then, with exaggerated tears on the models’ faces. Some of the dark pieces are just gorgeous, but some are so dowdy you almost wonder if a horse and carriage are the accessories. No wonder the models are crying. As the styles keep coming, no other continuities of theme can be discovered. The occasional red dress that finally breaks up the overdose of black and white and grey cannot relieve the gloom, and the embroidery and colorful linings are like candles in the wind. Even with fur, some of which she uses wonderfully well, Sergeenko’s results are hit and miss.