Brands I'm Loving: Vilshenko

Elle magazine described Olga Vilshenko's clothes as "Anna Karenina for the 21st century", so it's no wonder that I'm obsessed. The designer, who comes from the Ural region of Russia, creates beautiful, folkloric pieces worn by gypset icons like Alexa Chung and Florence Welch.

Her spring seasons feature light and airy milkmaid dresses with the kind of floral patterns one would expect to see on Marie Antoinette in her hamlet. The fall collections are dramatic with color schemes of black, burgundy, and gold and heavy embroidery in the Eastern European style. Each Vilshenko collection evokes memories of dark fairytales like Princess Vasilia. It even reminds me of the styling in Alicia Vikander's recent film The Danish Girl.

It is certainly possible to incorporate elements of this aesthetic into your wardrobe, maybe by pairing the embroidered jackets with jeans or the elaborate skirts with a t-shirt. But, much like Valentino, Vilshenko has an aesthetic that is even better when you embrace it fully.