April 7, 2015
By Marcellous L. Jones
Photos by Vanja Isosevic
St. Petersburg, Russia – The fashion tastes for this new collection presented by Milla Berillo for the Fall Winter 2015/16 season began by complexing this writer. The confusion started with the designer’s specific choice of opening music, which was all wrong for the introduction of her first looks. However as the collection evolved, so did the music and to the demands of the collection.
I love the overall aesthetic of the collection. The looks are very closely cut to the body. The silhouettes are reminiscent of American daily wear from the 1930s. However, the hair is a variation of the victory day roles into which women fashioned their hair during the 1940s.
Simplicity of form is the secret to the successful cohesion of the looks. From one silhouette to the next we find the Berillo’s identity. Her DNA appears to have a strong disdain for exaggerations. Therefore, they are absent from her work.
The lengths, volumes, colors and proportions are all “reasonable”. Though most of the silhouettes are cut to just to the end of the thighs, there are some looks with skirts cut just below the knees. All is so well held together in the muted grey tone that it is only contrasted by the red that we see in other silhouettes.
It is extremely note-worthy to make mention of how Ms. Berillo takes her shapes that originated in the 1930’s and quickly evolved them into contemporary tastes and for the NEEDS of modern times.