Dresses for a modern fairytale

Ever wondered what would Red Riding Hood wear if she lived in the present times? Would her cape still be red or would she wear a revealing lace dress?

To save us from making hypothetical presumptions, Russian designer Ulyana Sergeenko gives us her modern-retro version of the fairytale character. Except, this one is far more confident, daring and isn’t afraid to face her own fears.

For a debut lookbook, what would have been a safe and typical collection for other designers, Sergeenko branches out to create stunning vintage-inspired pieces. With floor-grazing maxi skirts, corseted waist-belts and woollen headgear, she blends in ’40s aesthetic with the discipline of the Victorian era. But the sheer blouses and above-the-knee dresses are a subtle cue of its Russian sexuality.

The assortment of fabrics translates into its wearability aspect as crisp raw silk, heavy wool, chiffon crepe and velvet feature in the various looks. Whether it’s with a belt or ribbed fabric, the cinched-in waist is the hero of the collection, bringing back the hourglass silhouette into fall 2011 / 2012.

The Russian version of Red Riding Hood surely she isn’t even afraid of wearing a fur-laden dress. Perhaps, that would keep the wolf away!

Indulge in the vintage-inspired beauty of Ulyana Sergeenko‘s debut collection by clicking on the thumbnails above.