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Tatyana Parfionovas Garden of Earthly Delights

Spring arrived early with a fashion show that brought out the romantic in those lucky enough to attend.

Published: February 12, 2014 (Issue # 1797)



  • Pre-Raphaelite in effect, the designers use of tulle elicited gasps.
    Photo: Alexander Shatsky / SPT

  • Pansies adorn one of Parfionovas subtly risque pieces.
    Photo: Alexander Shatsky / SPT

  • Variegated tulips lend an air of mystery to one of the standout designs.
    Photo: Alexander Shatsky / SPT

With an unseasonably early thaw in progress, thoughts of spring and summer were on the minds of those gathered at the Winter Garden of the Astoria Hotel on Sunday for the presentation of beloved local fashion designer Tatyana Parfionovas latest collection. While the temperatures outside may have been hovering near freezing, Parfionova presented an eclectic show titled I Was Born a Gardener that included influences of the renaissance and the 19th century in a romantic bouquet that was nonetheless resolutely modern in its attitude. Set to the strains of Okean Elzys Vesna (Spring) and the sounds of chirping birds and thunderstorms, the runway show transported those to a wonderland of color and imagination.

Related: A Night Out With Vogue

The show got underway with a bit of audience participation as various supporters stood to deliver lines of poetry in English, Russian and Italian while a trio of gardeners appeared and began passing out bouquets of flowers.

Emerging from between a pair of potted palm trees, the models in their china-doll makeup did their best to blend the glamour of the catwalk with the labor of love that is gardening. Adorned in luxurious jewelry from the house of Boucheron, the clothing layered Parfionovas signature embroidered motifs on sheer silk tulle over full length skirts.

Related: Julia Voitenkos Elegant Minimalism

Critics are already saying that this is the designers best collection yet. Parfionova, who opened her fashion house in 1995 and has shown her collections on the runways of Paris, Milan, New York and Beijing, is one of the few St. Petersburg designers known outside of the country.

Inspired by the approach of Valentines Day and the lush romanticism of the collection, The St. Petersburg Times took the opportunity to ask some of those in attendance what they thought were the most romantic spots in St. Petersburg.

The most romantic place in St. Petersburg is the roof of our residence with a view of the Neva," said Jennes de Mol, General Consul of the Netherlands in St. Petersburg. "It is astonishingly beautiful. You have the sun, and the thrill of a very exciting place, and you are alone which is important. You also have the most beautiful view of the town. You see the Neva but you also see the courtyards and the roofs you see another world. You see St. Petersburg from another angle, which is very nice.

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Wednesday, Sept. 3


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Thursday, Sept. 4


Vladimir I. Danchenkov, Head of Baltic Customs, will be in attendance during AmChams Customs and Transportation Committee Meeting convening this afternoon at the organizations office near St. Isaacs Square at 3 p.m.



Friday, Sept. 5


Scrabble lovers and chess masters get their chance to assert their intellectual dominance at the return of the British Book Centers Board Game Evenings tonight. Held weekly on Friday nights, the event gives both board game lovers and those hoping to improve their English the chance to meet, greet and compete. Check out the centers VK page for more details.



Saturday, Sept. 6


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Sunday, Sept. 7


Check out retro and antique cars at Fort Konstantin on Kronstadt Island in the Gulf of Finland at FORTuna, a yearly car festival that highlights the eccentricities of the Soviet automobile industry. A car race, contests and a stunt show will give visitors a chance to rev their engines.



Monday, Sept. 8


This evening marks the opening of the two-week ballet festival High Season at the Mikhailovsky Theater. Check the theaters website for more details about performances and featured dancers.



Tuesday, Sept. 9


Discuss the latest news and issues at the AmCham Hazardous Waste Management Roundtable this morning in the Tango Conference Hall of the Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge on Birzhevoy Pereulok. Starting at 9 a.m., planned topics include the Krasny Bor landfill and waste transportation between Russia and Finland.


Learn more about the citys modern architectural trends at the SPIBA Real Estate and Construction Committees meeting on the topic Contemporary Petersburg Style: What is It? Participants will get the chance to discuss whats in-demand with RBI Holdings Irina Petrova and Lubava Pryanikova, and the current state of the local real estate market. Please confirm your attendance by Sept. 5 through SPIBAs website if you wish to attend.



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