01.08.12 Style Spotlight

Style Spotlight: Anya Ziourova

It takes more than expensive clothes and the ability to put together a decent outfit to count yourself amongst the upper echelons of street style stars. And if you want to know how to earn that illustrious title for yourself, look no further than stylist and Tatler Russia fashion director Anya Ziourova.

Anya’s eye for colour and shape allows her to piece together ensembles that seem completely outrageous, but take on a new life under her experienced eye. Not to say that she can’t do understated elegance too — the lust-worthy nature of Anya’s style is that even the simplest shirt comes alive when paired with the right shoes or bag.

So it’s official: the best way to get a little fashion-inspired is to take a look at some of Anya’s street style looks, but be prepared to want to think very far outside of the box.

One of the things I love most about Anya is that she gives visibility to local designers. All four of the looks above were created by by Russian designer Vika Gazinskaya. While the broad silhouette of the first dress would leave me a little baffled as to how to wear it out of the house, I love the Versace-esque print and Anya’s bold decision to pair it with another print on her feet.

The off-the-shoulder black jumpsuit is stunning in its simple elegance. While I don’t love the over-sized shoulders on the pink sweater, I do think the pattern on the pencil skirt is captivating.

The dramatic shoulder on the red asymmetrical shirt is telling of Anya’s overall aesthetic — she loves drama, and knows how to wear it well.

Anya is known for her ability to dress up a laid back look. A Celine sweater with a high neck and detailed hem line gives new meaning to a jeans-and-knit day.

Every fashion girl’s favorite “off-duty” designer, Isabel Marant, is responsible for Anya’s printed denim. The cuff detailing at the bottom keeps the look casual despite Anya’s cage heels.

Perhaps Anya’s most daring look of all four is the JW Anderson ensemble, where she boldly sports stripes on stripes. A Balenciaga bag and Cesare Paciotti shoes keep her from looking like she’s about to set sail, and the leather detailing on the top maintains a distinctly high fashion vibe.

Anya excels at dressed-up elegance as much as she does with funkier, casual looks.

An Ostwald Helgason dress, yellow Nicholas Kirkwood shoes and a Jil Sander ‘Faith’ clutch show off Anya’s knack for working with colors. The white collar peeking through the geometric dress provides a little masculine detail to off-set the decidedly feminine silhouette of the frock.

I think the true star out of these four looks is the floral Givenchy dress. It’s a piece that requires very little accessorizing, which Anya astutely perceives. All it needs are her cage heels and a simple bracelet to make it a complete look.

The Yves Saint Laurent suit paired with a Dior Homme top is one of those amazingly elegant looks that is beautiful in its interpretation of masculine clothes meant for women. A pair of strappy Céline shoes and Michael Spirito necklace finish off this winning ensemble.

Anya’s last look is a true testament to how runway fashion can work out on the street. Her Céline cape is significant in its small details that make it a luxe piece without too much fuss. Thrown over two basics like a black skirt and simple top, the cape steals the show. Her small Givenchy bag adds a lovely touch without competing for attention, proving that sometimes less is much, much more.

Are you inspired by Anya’s style? Net-A-Porter.com has selected pieces that best fit Anya’s look.

Credit: thestreetfashion5xpro.blogspot, Harper’s Bazaar, grazia.it, teampeterstigter.com, Vanessa Jackman, Street Pepper and Vogue.fr

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13 Responses to Style Spotlight: Anya Ziourova

  1. Beta August 1, 2012 at 15:11 #

    J’adore!
    I especially love the third line, and I would wear the elgason + kirwood shoes in a heartbeat!

  2. BYAH August 1, 2012 at 17:26 #

    I absolutely love that you started doing these Style Spotlights again after a few month hiatus. Thanks FC!

    • Fashion Critic August 1, 2012 at 17:37 #

      Thanks…I do love them… they take a lot of time for research, but now they will go back to being posted once a month.

      x

  3. ciro August 1, 2012 at 18:37 #

    i really love the dress on the above or cover pic… RC do you have a full body shot of it?

  4. Dhppy August 1, 2012 at 20:42 #

    The high neck Celine sweater with jeans is the look I envy. The Givenchy dress is elegant. This is certainly not a woman who is afraid of prints. Unfortunately, I think the pink sweater with the color blocks should be left in the children’s playpen, and the stripes on stripes combo is a little too mob wife/”Opulence, I haz it” for someone of her stature.

  5. dressaddict August 1, 2012 at 21:02 #

    I love what she’s wearing, just gorgeous, but I can’t help to think that her head is from a different story, it just doesn’t fit in the picture (Im not talking about her features, which are delicate and feminine, but about hair and make-up).

  6. dee August 1, 2012 at 21:27 #

    The last 3 looks are her best. The first row looks awful.

  7. Nat39 August 1, 2012 at 23:50 #

    Even though some of her looks aren’t that flattering and do not work with her body proportions, there are some that I quite like – all 2nd row except for the monotonous striped PJs look (daring or not),and the last 3 looks. Overall, I like what she is trying to do, she just has to take her physical appearance into account a bit more when putting together those looks, some of them do not suit her.

    • Nat39 August 1, 2012 at 23:54 #

      …and when they don’t, she starts reminding me of Ms.Chung.

  8. ultrafemme August 2, 2012 at 01:46 #

    Love that you’re doing these Style Spotlights again, FC! :) Have you ever heard of Esther Quek? She’s the director of The Rake & Revolution. Her style in androgynous and sophisticated. I think you should check her out. :p

    • Fashion Critic August 2, 2012 at 07:14 #

      I haven’t but will look her up

  9. Rash August 2, 2012 at 06:07 #

    Am in awe with her looks, she makes everything work and by everything i actually meant everything ! Envy her collections !

    My fav was the Céline cape , she looks to be jumped directly from a runway show and still make it look belonged on a street ! Amazing, pure perfection !

    Lastly I desperately want those ‘yellow Nicholas Kirkwood shoes’ ! Its beyond gorgeous and I cannot take my eyes away from those !

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