How would you describe your personal style?
Clean, sensitive and sophisticated. I like wearing clothes that contrast femininity and masculinity.
What is there too much of in your wardrobe?
Lots of dresses and blouses mostly from my own label, Vilshenko.
What are your go-to labels?
Chloe, Celine, Balenciaga and Givenchy, and of course, Vilshenko.
What are you happiest wearing?
Patchwork Sarafan from Vilshenko SS12.
Give us a clever styling tip.
Colours should go well together but not necessarily matching. Outfits should never be overdone and fussy- less is more. Showing skin does not equal sexy!
Whose wardrobe would you love to steal?
Carine Roitfeld, ex Editor in Chief of French Vogue.
Do you plan your outfits or throw on whatever's to hand?
I wake up in the morning and decide based on my mood and the weather, of course.
What’s the most treasured item in your wardrobe?
I am not attached to clothes.
Where do you look for inspiration if you don't know what to wear?
I always manage to dress quite quickly however if I am stuck I think about my fashion idols such as Carine Roitfeld for inspiration.
What are your design signatures?
Prints and lots of them, inspired mostly by Russian heritage with lots of embroidery and always in clean, feminine and modern silhouettes.
What has been your career highlight?
My first advertisement in Russian Vogue and Another, followed by a 4 page article in Russian Vogue.
How would you describe the Vilshenko woman?
Sophisticated, intelligent, sensual and smart with a clear sense of style.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve done for the love of fashion?
Start my own fashion label.
Can you talk us through your AW12 collection?
Modern and romantic folk, bohemian styles with lots of prints and embroidery in bright red, mink, straw, jasper and nude colourways.
What is your favourite piece from the collection?
Silver Birch Combidress
If there is one label we should watch out for in 2012, what should it be?
Vilshenko, of course!
What’s your sartorial guilty pleasure?
Wearing real fur.