February 15, 2016
By Marcellous L. Jones
Photos Courtesy of Yanina
Paris, France – Yulia Yanina has decided to share with us some of her childhood hopes, dreams and memories in the form a a modern fairy tale. From her mind comes forth the wishes of every little girl to become a ballerina. Her interpretation of this in this new Spring/Summer 2016 collection is also a demonstration of her growth from just last season in which we saw huge improvements to her work.
Moving back and forth from cocktail dresses and sheath gowns to fuller ballroom inspirations, we see Yanina creating with rich materials such as lace, velvet, chiffon and tulle. They are employed vigorously in the sumptuous work in which the ballerina becomes a swan. These last two form the appliqués and sketches that we find interpreted in various manners throughout the collection.
In this past this writer has been critical of Yanina’s embroideries. They simply lacked the more delicate edge that is required in today’s world of couture. This is an area where the couturier has really worked to improve on over the past two season. This time her embroideries as seen in this collection are not only present to be seen, but they are a living aspect of each look in which they appear.
Yanina has done her best work in her vivid reinterpretation of the swan. She transposes it so well into the silhouettes. Even when she does not use feathers, her employment of other materials creates the strong illusion of still seeing them. In the end we have a pleasant story that is well told and well developed from start to finish.