Just What a Russian Princess in Exile Would Want to Wear Today
When the Russian Revolution resulted in the handsome Prince Felix Youssoupoff and his dazzling princess-bride, Irina Youssoupoff (nee Romanova) - niece of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II - heading into exile in Paris, the pair went native...way native & established a fashion label! Adjoining the first syllables of their first names, IRFE was founded in 1924 and garnered a following of fellow jetsetters in Europe and the US and their sleek designs - a signature of high fashion in the 1920s & 30s - were featured in Vogue. Unfortunately, the economic woes of 1929 led to the house being shuttered.
Fast forward eight decades.
The label - still Paris-based & staffed - has been recently revived and creative director Olga Sorokina (left) has been working it on the red carpet at events like Cannes and the Vanity Fair & Gucci parties, the Chopard Mystère party & amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS After Party.
One thing I do quite like about these clothes is that fabrics look high quality & the general feel of the collection brings to mind an elegant woman with obvious taste but who is busy...and has way better things to do with her time (& money) than just sit around thinking about clothes all day (um...like me).
- Lesley Scott