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Russian Dolls In Fashion

 - Oct 6, 2007
References: catwalkqueen
Russian dolls are fashionable? Da, darling!

"No matter what you call them- Matryoshka, Babushka, nesting dolls or Russian dolls, the fact is they're here and it looks like they're here to stay," Modish said.

You must remember them... the hollow wood casings with the iconic hand-painted woman robed in Slavic patterns. The stackable figurines that pull apart to unveil a second, then a third, fourth... opening and opening, until there is just one teeny, tiny doll left in the center.

Those are the ones we mean, and they're inspiring fashion on a multitude of levels, from Eastern European scarves to actual illustrations printed on Tees. We've given you a little gallery so you know what to look out for next time that urge to strike shops... and with drearier weather rolling in, those mall days aren't far off.

Check out the Russian Doll Dress, a brown kimono-inspired shift with a delicate pink floral patter from MyCatwalk. Gucci already featured the look in the spring with elaborately patterned dresses, but the look works for colder seasons too. Deliciously rich colours are beautiful in patterns for winter; check out the SoFeminine gallery of Slavic style inspirations.

The look has infected the jewelery industry too. Featured are the hand painted wooden Russian Matryoshka doll beads, both designs by Robins Egg Blue.