ARTY ACCENTS: While Frieze London may have come to a close last week, art was still on the agenda as Olga Vilshenko hosted a small dinner on Wednesday to celebrate her collaboration with the British artist Lindsay Carr on the resort 2017 line.
Held at Spring Restaurant at Somerset House, Vilshenko welcomed a crowd of fashion and art influencers including Frieze’s artistic director Jo Stella Sawicka, artist Polly Morgan and Loughran Gallery owner Juliette Loughran.
The Russian designer, who divides her time between London and Moscow, is known for blending Eastern influences with Western techniques. She uses eclectic patterns, luxe fabrics and embroideries, and puts signature folkloric touches onto feminine dresses and blouses.
For resort, she focused on embroideries and floral patterns. She looked to Carr’s surrealist sketches of nature and translated them onto prints as seen on a degrade prints with birds and flowers. The delicate print was cast on a light crepe, floor-sweeping dress.
The range was full of romantic, flowy frocks — some with a cold shoulder or a detachable cape — that had a Seventies flair. She rounded out the range with roomy wide-leg culottes with a front vent, a mac coat with enlarged sleeves and frilly blouses layered with ruffles, some with Carr’s bird print. She used a soft palette of almond, cream, rose, peach and pink and balanced it with hues of khaki, blue and black.
Vilshenko said she plans to collaborate with others in the art world. “We surprisingly found her from the Internet and we contacted her and she’s a nice lady,” Vilshenko said of Carr. “We used all these lovely paintings and we used them in our own way. We mixed elements from several paintings, which is amazing.”