FROM RUSSIA WITH AMORE

Byline: Jessica Kerwin

MILAN — It’s the stuff of fairy tales. Using meters and meters of handmade lace and brightly patterned ribbon, the boxy jackets and dreamy skirts designed by Moscow-based designer Daria Razumikhina take the folkloric trend in an elegant new direction. “The lace is made by old ladies in Vologda, a Northern town in Russia,” Razumikhina says. “They make nine meters a month, but a full skirt uses 52 meters.”
The designer, who trained at London’s Central St. Martin’s, is presenting her line in Milan’s Glesnos showroom for the second time, and believe it or not, the wholesale prices run from an astonishingly low $120 to a next-to-nothing $250. Barneys New York has already placed an order, but the idea of wearing clothes made from the trimmings of traditional costumes hasn’t yet taken hold in any appreciable way in the motherland.
“There are lots of Russian designers here,” says Razumikhina, “but they all use Italian fabrics. For so many years, we were so isolated that they’re sick of everything you can find here. I think I may be the only one using materials and fabrics from home.”