This morning I had the honour of meeting Yana Markova in London for an interview. The international Milliner received much praise at Cannes Film Festival for her costume design and I wanted to interview her to find out more.  Each of Markova’s pieces are bold and statement, so much so that they dominate an entire outfit. As a result, Markova has successfully managed to make headdress a core element of a wearer’s outfit; reversing the role of apparel as it takes a step back into it’s new role, functioning as nothing more than a minor accessory. Interestingly all Yana Markova pieces are handmade with a “one copy only” policy, read on to see what else I found out during this exclusive interview…

Hello Yana, welcome to London. Can you tell us how your journey began? What first sparked your interest in millinery couture and costume design?

Thank you! I made designs for all accessories categories: shoes, bags, jewellery. The one category I never did was headpieces so I decided to give it a try.

What is the manufacturing process of each headdress? 

Each headdress is made entirely by hand. I try to buy materials in each country that I travel to. I try to present to the viewer a variety of materials and shades of cultures. I do not have a production team. Every one of my headpieces I make myself. However, if I use new technologies, then of course I turn to specialists

Your pieces are very theatrical, where do find inspiration for a majority of your creations?

Cultural traditions from different countries, new technology and new materials all inspire me very much.

You received praise at the Cannes Film Festival for your costume design for Mata Hari television series. If you could design for any television series, which television series would that be?

For today, of course it would be ‘Game of thrones’.

Can you share your favourite headpiece with us and explain why this is your favourite piece? 

I change my mind all the time. To choose a favourite one is very difficult for me, like for any artist, because I spend a lot of time in the creation process with each of them, so they are all very personal and have special meaning for me.

If you could collaborate with any designer who would it be?

John Galliano

What has been your proudest achievement so far?

A few things – creating headpieces shown on-screen at Cannes, sending some of my work to Lady Gaga for a fashion video and I’m really excited to have some of my pieces on the upcoming spring/summer 2018 catwalk over London Fashion Week and on David Ferreira’s catwalk show in Lisbon and some of my work is coming out in Russian Vogue and a host independent magazines soon!

What are the three pieces every woman should have in their wardrobe?

A turban, a tiara and a dramatic hat.

What is your opinion on British Fashion?

British fashion is very bold and creative, in contrast to the fashion of Italy or France.

Finally, If you could give a young aspiring designer one piece of advice, what would that be?

Follow your passion; have faith in your talent!

Yana Markova

Photography Credit: Ekaterina Belinskaya, Ilya Benton, Lev Efimov

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Back in July Next invited a few of us to a tinsel-covered, festive Winter press day to preview their Christmas edit. And what would a Christmas collection be without a rail of Christmas jumpers present.

The morning started with a runway showcasing their full collection ranging from pyjamas to evening wear and while some of us were taking notes others were mindfully calling dibs on this year’s Christmas dress.

Next will be bringing plenty of glitz and sparkle to our wardrobe this Autumn/Winter in somber like hues such as black, red, navy and maroon. Fabrics will be light and layer friendly.

The impressive presentation that also covering Menswear and Children’s wear concluded with a stage full of singers serenading the audience in true carol singing style, finishing the show with a festive touch of Winter magic.

I don’t know about you but I am well and truly in the mood for Christmas. As soon as halloween arrives I am ‘fa-la-la-la-la-ing’ all the way to the department store picking Christmas cards. It drives my family nuts but it puts me in a cheery mood between October and December so they don’t complain. After that, I spend January-March scrolling through my Insta-feed of travel bloggers wondering why on earth I’m in England with a runny nose and not in some exotic country.

How do you feel about Autumn/Winter? Is this your favourite season?

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How I Style On Vacation

Soft shades and flowing shapes make a romantic recipe for the idealistic travel wardrobe in Europe.

Ironically, this is the only time of the year I take a break away from trends. A vacation away from fast fashion if you will. The inner contents of my suitcase is often white, lace and classic. Timeless and traditional like the white washed buildings that are present year in year out.

We did a lot of hiking on this trip and if you are an explorer by foot then it is a good idea to carry lightweight pieces that will not restrict your movement.

Floor length maxi-dresses look incredibly dreamy in the evening but rompers are the next best day time garment without tripping over yards of fabric.

Here are a few favourites of mine, all of which are available to shop now. Happy browsing!

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Cimone’s AW17 series dominated the runway with a powerful collection of structural design.

The dynamic collection presents us with uncompromising shoulder lines, creating the powerful silhouette of a broad shoulder. A pivotal distinct form first sighted in the 1940’s with the heavy use of shoulder pads.

A decade that also grew fond of volume, peplum, batwing sleeves and exaggerated proportions. All of which Pearson (former Stella McCartney designer) has managed to creatively redefine with an unconventional, futuristic twist.

More notably, the pieces feature a bold collision of symmetry and asymmetry, a playful experimentation that is surprisingly well balanced and easy on the eye.

If symmetry and asymmetry isn’t contrasting enough, Pearson further outlines the sculpted garments with the use of chromatic and achromatic colour.

It is clear that despite conflict, the Cimone team have managed to orchestrate a series of chaotic elements into a rather spectacular collection.

Something we all felt was well worth applauding for by the end of the show.

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