Vassilisa the Beautiful
‘My heart flutters every time I wear them’ stated Vogue UK’s retail editor. Well, that has got me captivated*. I need to know more.
Founded by Nadja Solovieva, a Central St Martins graduate, in 2008, Vassilisa offers an exquisite collection of silk and cashmere scarves inspired by Russian fairytale heroine Vassilisa the Beautiful.
So, what can be expected from the immense talent whose CV boasts training in the studios of both Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen? The answer is a bewitching collection of scarves that exude the imagery of folklore and legends. With designs featuring deer fawns, hearts, sirens, puppies and frogs, the only thing that could make these scarves any more perfect is if the frogs themselves turned into Princes upon kissing. It is hardly surprising then that Vassilisa has featured in the likes of Elle and Vogue across the globe and is a firm favourite with Miss Moss (or should that be Mrs Hince?) herself. Better still, AW 2012/13 sees Nadja Solovieva collaborating with stylist Zoe Bedeaux for a collection described as ‘animalistic, dark and enchanting’. Most definitely, curiouser and curiouser.
With scarf prices beginning at £295, these scarves can be bought direct from www.vassilisa.com, or alternatively from www.couturelab.com or www.theboxboutique.com.
*Gwyneth Paltrow’s profound words of ‘it is beyond cute’ perhaps less so.