Pret Reporteur: Style Tips From a Russian Princess

November 19, 2012 • Magazine, Pret Reporteur

One of the greatest literary masterpieces’ latest film adaptation hit the big screen this past Friday, with eager fans waiting for a peek. Leo Tolstoy’s classic Anna Karenina chronicles the torrid love affair between Russian princess Anna Karenina and military officer Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky. The classic story may be a real nail-biter, but nothing got me more excited for the movie than seeing shots of Keira Knightley decked out in layers of velvet, fur topped with endless jewels. My one coherent thought: this is a style I need to recreate. While there may be over 100 years that separate Anna Karenina’s world from ours, it’s not impossible to apply the same sophisticated look to our modern-day wardrobe.

1. Pink Tartan Velvet Riding Coat, $695

First thing’s first, no winter would be complete without good outerwear. The rule is simple: coats should be sophisticated, clean-cut, and classic. All perfect ways to describe this luxurious regal riding coat. Small details such as a satin collar, princess seam, and notched lapels makes it a winter wardrobe essential for princesses and duchesses alike.

2. Saks Fifth Avenue Collection Silver Fox Earmuffs, $90

Recreating Anna Karenina’s style would not be complete without pieces with fur. Lots and lots of fur. Tolstoy’s immortal characters battled Russia’s infamously cold winter without a good pair of earmuffs to keep them warm. This pair of silver fox fur earmuffs is fabulous enough to make any Russian royal green with envy.

3. ML Monique Lhullier Lace Dress, $398

Nothing stirs up a scandal more than a racy lace dress! The secret to mastering this frock? Pick a style that leaves just enough for the imagination, but settle for a hue that’s fit for well, royalty! Um…can purple be any more perfect?

4. RED Valentino Long-Sleeve Ruffle-Skirt Dress in Fuchsia, $695

Since Anna Karenina is one of the most dramatic love stories of all time, it seems only fitting to find a dress that can be just as unforgettable. A flirty ruffle skirt dances on the bottom while a fitted bodice captivates party-minglers up top. Its powerful red color will make you more infamous than Anna and Alexei’s torrid love affair.

5. Adrienne Landau Rabbit-Fur Head- & Neck-Warmer , $195

If perhaps earmuffs isn’t your thing, you can’t go wrong with a soft rabbit-fur cap that you can also wear as a neck warmer. White as snow, and cozy as a blazing bon fire, Adrienne Landau’s turban-style head topper is sure to turn, well, heads!

6. ABS by Allen Schwartz Drama Bib Necklace, $150

If there’s one thing that Russian royals such as Princess Anna Karenina and Princess Betsy knew well, it’s jewels. While these characters were draped in shimmering diamonds, rich rubies, and strings of endless pearls, us members of the modern day must settle for the likes of this ABS Bib Necklace. However, with its striking contrasting colors and classic silver setting, it’s not a shabby find!

- Laurie Espino

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