For Fall 2017, Emilia Wickstead was influenced by the work of 19th-century Russian noblewoman and photographer Natalia Shabelsky, whose passion for traditional folk art and textiles led her to travel all over her native country photographing ordinary women in extravagant dress. “Some of these women were maids, and it’s amazing to see the empowering effect that wearing those clothes had on them,” explained Wickstead
Silhouettes were Wickstead’s staple of high-waisted skirts and pants, and predominantly longer dresses. She debuted her first denim offering: high-waisted jeans in deep indigo that the designer paired with either a velvet top with corsetry details or with a black cloqué lace shirt. See the collection below.