My Style: Maria Kolosova

Portrait of Maria Kolosova

Photo: Adam Katz Sinding — Le 21ème

What are the rules in the way you dress?

I feel an outfit looks perfect if it shows your personality and style, instead of the brands or trends you’re wearing.

Please describe your style in three words.

Always feminine, fresh and unique.

What is the biggest mistake one can make when getting dressed?

I would say pretending. Don't try to be a person others want to see, don't try to impress anyone; listen to yourself, create your own universe and follow your own rules.

Do you believe in role models?

I do believe in inspiration. I think women like Coco Chanel, Diana Vreeland or Veruschka inspired others.

What are your favourite fabrics?

Leather, denim, silk, lace, tweed.

Are there any style combinations that you object to?

Although I believe in "Never say never", I personally don't like clothes that are too sexy.

Which city has the best-dressed women?

Paris and New York.

Would you say that you are conservative or bold?

It's something that depends on my mood.

Celebrities and style...

Could be very interesting to watch.

Name one garment/accessory that you can never have enough of?

Shoes, for sure. A great pair of shoes can make any outfit look brilliant and sharp. I am also a great hat lover. Fedora hats by Maison Michel can change my mood and the way I look.

A woman should always look like…

Herself or a better version of herself.

Who taught you what you know about style?

My dad, of course. He showed me how important it is to be yourself.

How do you select your clothing every morning?

It depends on my mood, the place I am at, and my plans for the day.

What is your biggest regret?

Having spent so little time with my mother.

The three essential things a woman should know about style are…

There is only one and it's enough: real style comes from the inside, appearances don't matter.

Do you have any shopping rituals?

I enjoy shopping with my boyfriend when travelling. I love buying things spontaneously, but I always know what kind of things I really want and need in my wardrobe.

We will never see you wearing…

Crocs, tights with lurex and anything with a neon palette.

Who is the most stylish person you have ever seen?

Diana Vreeland (you really need to see the movie The Eye Has to Travel), but I have never seen her in person. I also like Caroline De Maigret and Emmanuelle Alt.

What is the first thing you notice on a woman?

The expression of her eyes.

What are the most treasured items in your wardrobe?

My mother's golden cross.

The one image that defined your approach to style…

It's rather difficult to chose just one. I would say a photo of Mademoiselle Chanel in an amazing evening dress in her studio. So elegant, so powerful, so chic!

Which fashion house never fails to impress you?

Isabel Marant, Chanel, Chloé, Valentino.

One article of clothing that a woman needs to pay close attention to is…

Her bra. Sometimes a small detail like this can destroy an entire look.

Is comfort an enemy of style?

No, it is not. Sometimes though they can be completely opposite!

Who would you like to recommend for My Style?

Aizel Trudel, the owner of AIZEL boutique in Moscow. She is amazing!

The best words of advice you have ever heard?

Love is the best religion to follow.

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