Capturing the look of the moment: Vladimir Karaleev autumn winter 17/18

Design & Product / Fashion Weeks

Capturing the look of the moment: Vladimir Karaleev presents his collection for autumn winter 17/18 at Berlin Fashion Week

It’s a term that is so overused to describe fashion these days that it has almost lost its meaning: effortless. However, sometimes you just have to use it – when it’s true.

Vladimir Karaleev designs the kind of dresses the cooler actresses want to wear on a red carpet (you know, the ones that don’t wanna go for hourglass or mermaid, like, Tilda Swinton, if you will). They are feminine, but beyond the obvious idea of sexiness; they have fluidity; an open seam here and there; the drapings are carefully placed, yet seem accidental.



The designer is questioning the fabric codes that come with clothing. Evening gowns are made from satins that you’d use for linings and tweeds that are actually made for coats. Inside out, upside down, what’s in the front moves to the back.

„Take the collars of the bomber jackets for the boys, they look like they’re hanging in the wrong spot on the back but that’s not styling, it’s actually constructed. People style it this way now and we kind of wanted to freeze that look“ says Karaleev.

Capturing the moment of effortlessness is not an easy task and most designers, literally, fail at the effort. Karaleev, on the other hand, has nailed it.


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Bjoern Luedtke is a freelance journalist, editor and writer specialising in fashion and marketing