“ZARINA” for those who care, highlights retro fashion style from Moscow

ZARINA’s collection in retro fashion, editorial by the stylish Russian blogger

On 26 October, during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week  in Moscow was showing a retro fashion collection “ZARINA for those who care ” of emerging local brand Zarina, issued in co-operation with modern legend of Russian cinema, Russian actress Renata Litvinova. She says:

It was very inspiring suggestion from my long-time friends from ZARINA’s brand – to make the author’s collection, bright, with my favorite retro fashion style of the great era of 50 – 60s , when the image of a lady was treated as a purely feminine and incomprehensible mysterious. Not much of this retro inspired style now in the Russian retailers that you can buy for a decent money in Russia

I`am an adorer of Renata’s style and therefore couldn`t miss event, also I was intrigued by the sketches appeared on the Internet long before the show, and was encouraged by the words of this actress about remarks of the 50s so close to my own spirit.

An important point for me: part of the cash assets from the sale of collection going to a charity programs of ZARINA.

For my outfit to attend the fashion show, I choose one of Zarina’s dress – my first and favorite purchase from this brand. Since It began as my love for this brand, and to sheath dresses. Also, I didn’t miss the perfect opportunity to wear a real vintage hat with a veil that suited my own image, and a complementary way of referring to Renata’s cinematic retro range.

To my regret, there was no models in shown collection that have been on the Renata`s sketches, but in general I liked it, and it was a couple of things I would be happy to buy.  Check her collection here –  link

Dress & Gloves – Zarina  Photo by Anna Smirnova

Reference: Renata Muratovna Litvinova is a very popular Russian actress, director, and screenwriter. She starred in the award-winning films Passions, The Tuner, Two in One and Melody for a Street-organ, directed by Kira Muratova, all of which won best picture at the Nika Awards. In 2007 she was a member of the jury at the 29th Moscow International Film Festival.

DEFINE Your Unique Personal Style.

If you ask a fashionable looking lady like Natalya where and how she gets her unique retro inspired style – it might take a while for her to come up with a brief but concise answer because really, she might have to summarize a description of herself. Style comes from everything a person was in the past and has become now.

Personal style is the ability to correlate and apply your personality, taste, desires, inspiration, history, beliefs, hopes, dreams, ambitions and lifestyle into fashion. It is who you are, a connection with your inner self that transpires into your outer appearance. Style is basically is the way you translate who you are and how people want to see you.

Style and Fashion have a common ground but are completely two different things.

Fashion is the collection of popular trends and looks, including retro inspired in a particular period of time; while style is the expression of your individuality through fashion, it is never restricted nor limited to time or fashion. It is the essence of you. http://sourcecod.com

Fashion is there to guide and inspire you while style is what you create out of it.


Natalya wearing Zarina's brand dress in RETRO style and a real Vintage HAT with vail.

retro fashion style from Moscow

Defining RETRO STYLE versus VINTAGE clothing:

Retro style is style that is consciously derivative or imitative of trends, modes, fashions, or attitudes of the recent past.

Vintage Clothing, Vintage Style or Retro Style. Clothing which was produced before the 1920s is referred to as Antique clothing and clothing from the 1920s to 20 years before the present day is considered vintage clothing.  Retro, short for retrospective, or “vintage style” usually refers to clothing that imitates the style of a previous era. Reproduction clothing is a newly made copy of an older garment. Clothing produced more recently is usually called modern or contemporary fashion. Opinions vary on these definitions.

Most vintage clothing has been previously worn, but a small percentage of pieces have not. These are often old warehouse stock, and more valuable than those that have been worn, especially if they have their original tags. But Vintage style can represent the Retro style and be a new product.

I would say that I fell in love at first sight in the dress in which I saw Dita Von Teese in the Internet. I thought about sewing this dress, but hesitated to do this. In the end, after consulting with a friend, it was resolved by visiting the atelier and to set a not simple task for the seamstresses, as it was not clear what this complicated collar represents behind, and I could`t find a picture of this dress from the rear angle.
But with the common meetings and efforts we invented how to make the collar a reality. Several fittings and voila!
I completed the look with the hat in retro style and almost vintage handbag, which I inherited from my mother.

Contact Details

  • Natalya Volkova
  • NV
  • Moscow,Russia


We used inspirational images by Russian Painter Evgenii Mukovnin. 

Russian Retro Style, with Natalya Volkova wearing Zarina's brand.

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