Andrey Artyomov chose to play on Russian clichés for his second collection since the repositioning of WOS, formerly known as Walk of Shame. Prints of beech trees in the snow — “the postcard picture for Russia,” he said — covered a long puffer coat, a silk shirt and a pair of cotton trousers, while fun sequined mini dresses evoked figure-skating uniforms. (In the lookbook, the silhouettes were shot as if the model had just fallen down on the ice.)
A swirling, abstract 17th-century print, which looked a bit like rounded puzzle pieces, was sprawled over silk shirts and Eighties leggings. The curved outline guided the cuts for most of the designer’s looks: A pink satin bra had an asymmetrically curved neckline and its matching skirt featured a rounded cutout shape. This sinewy motif was also present in WOS’ first jewelry collection, gnarled swirls of golden metal snaking around wrists and dangling from earlobes.
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The collection was filled with interesting textures — such as a brown jacket and culottes combo made entirely of bristly pieces of paper — and was a real step up compared to previous seasons.
Launch Gallery: WOS RTW Fall 2020