Vika Gazinskaya with a few pieces from her spring/summer collection.
The path to a career in fashion design certainly isn't concrete, but there are certain expectations: design school, then time spent working under one or more designers, perhaps working as the Creative Director of another established label and then finally, the day that every designer dreams of: releasing one's own name-sake collection. Vika Gazinskaya, the emerging Russian designer, somehow managed to bypass this typical trajectory. Almost four years ago, she began her own fashion label. Now, at age 28, her designs are selling at the uber-hip Colette in Paris, alongside Marc Jacobs and YSL.
Vika Gazinskaya is the one designer in Paris who I visited not for BARE, but rather for my own fashion blog, Shooting Stars. My blog is essentially an attempt to organize all of the street style photos that I collect of people with particularly focused and unique style. Usually, these people turn out to be models, fashion journalists or even bloggers. Vika Gazinskaya is the only designer who I have ever featured on my website, and her own collections are absolutely a reflection of her own personal style. Vika isn't holding a runway show until Russian Fashion Week, which is in November, but Paris Fashion Week afforded me the opportunity to see her designs up-close, before the formal release of her collection.
I've always loved the contrasting elements of Vika's collections. On one hand, she opts for razor-sharp cuts and incredibly modern construction. On the other hand, her overall silhouettes are undeniably ladylike and classic. Vika moved on to create trousers for the first time for her latest collection, citing rock stars from the 70's as her latest inspiration. Even with an added groovy vibe to inspire her designs, construction and simplicity of cut still rule the collection. Perhaps no person better models Vika's clothes than the designer herself. She changed into a denim shirt and flared skirt just moments before leaving for a Roger Vivier party last Monday night, evidencing the versatility and easy-chic vibe that rules her collections: these clothes are made for the woman who doesn't have much time to sit around primping, but who always looks impeccably put-together nonetheless.