#SuzyPFW: Fashion Is Always Redefining ‘Japanese’

A wrap dress cinched with a shocking pink ribbon, hair pulled up smoothly into an elegant bun – could this really be Russian designer Valentin Yudashkin paring down his elaborate style to a Far East aesthetic?

“Japan inspiration – made in Italy!” exclaimed the designer who stood with his daughter Galina backstage, surveying the softness of the satin fabrics and the vivid colours such as bright yellow, aligned with shocking pink or scarlet.

One red evening dress that might have been expected to show glitter instead had white flowers in the finest embroidery.

The Yudashkin brand excels in clothes for after dark. But with his daughter’s encouragement, Valentin is making that style flow gently across the body, rather than more closely structuring a womanly shape.

Only a few pairs of classic high heels seemed out of sync with the soft new look which included a white trouser suit, the jacket decorated with bunches of pink and lilac flowers.

If Russians like to celebrate the end of winter, a parallel Japanese rite of spring is viewing the cherry blossoms in bloom. And Yudashkin caught that spirit.