December 26, 1991 marks the fall of the USSR, the end of a world torn between two poles, two utopias at the antipodes of each other. What remains, 26 years later, of a life lived behind the Iron Curtain? Lada Komarova, artistic director of Deladainvites us, through her unisex collection fall-winter 2017collection, to discover the nostalgic feeling that embraces her when she revives the memories of a bygone era.
This winter, Delada mixes genres and styles, plays with sizes and proportions, with pieces designed like patchworks of disparate elements, associated with each other as if by accident. Lada Komarova imagines pants flared to the extreme, oversized sweaters, and shirts with multiplied cuffs, sleeves longer than normal, overlapping each other. She proposes to tie the lapels of the coats in the back, thus freeing a shoulder, while emphasizing the functional, simple and rational aspect of the Soviet style.
The Russian designer was inspired by her childhood in Moscow, her grandmother's trunk, a traditional bric-a-brac typical of Soviet times, made of accessories, suits, dresses, shirts with mismatched styles, a link between different generations of the same family. She invites us to take a fresh look at Russia, "at a time when culture, family and studies were valuable" she says, "something that history books often forget nowadays".
Images by Rei Nadal for Delada.