Despite its currently tumultuous standing in the political arena, Russia was the main inspiration for Paule Ka’s Pre-Fall 2019 collection. After all, the country is still a historical symbol of ostentatious glamour and unapologetic fashion. The collection was designed by the in-house team, as the brand is still yet to name a creative designer, but CEO Xavier Marie is determined to find one. In the meantime, the label’s faithful clientele is treated to a beautiful array of ready-to-wear basics inspired by the fashionable Russian Elite and the classic “Ballets Russe.” They were on full display courtesy of the structured tailoring, which was most present on the strong-shouldered pieces like the streamlined black leather coat and a little black dress that can easily go from business to pleasure. A few items were embellished with all sorts of sparkles to recreate the rustic culture of Siberia, the most noteworthy of such is a denim set paired with the more modern-looking suede slouchy boots. It’s the combination of the past and present that might strike a chord with many customers, but even for a brand without a superstar designer at the helm, this was still a solid offering.
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