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From the front row: Elena Perminova

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We need to talk about Elena Perminova.

The rags to riches IT girl behind the iron curtain, Elena Perminova is living proof that fairy tales do come true. A fashion authority and well-heeled socialite, looking at her illustrious red carpet ensembles and insatiable appetite for couture, one would be amiss in thinking she was just another Russian heiress that ran with the privileged fashion pack….

Leaving hearsayers astounded and equally aghast, her back story reads like a chapter out of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment with a Disney plot twist. Incarcerated in a Siberian jail and left to endure a life behind bars, Elena was rescued from ruin by a young (and rather dapper) Alexander Lebedev, then a member of the Russian parliament. Love at first sight, this Cinderella story ended with the proverbial glass slipper and a lifetime of unforeseen privilege.

Now one of couture’s most extravagant Russian clients and a brand ambassador for high-luxe design houses the world over, the once damsel in distress hasn’t forgotten her humble beginnings. Dedicating her time to global charitable causes, Elena has become a spokesperson for children’s charities– selling off some of her most prized possessions in the name of fundraising.

Saving the world one Chanel twinset at a time, it’s safe to say VAUGHAN HQ is totally in awe of her killer kerbside style and benevolent spirit – that’s why we’ve dedicated this front row Friday to the trend-conscious czarina – Elena Perminova.

Keeping it chic on the streets of NYC, Elena blew us away with her DIY approach to inner city style. A distinguished ensemble with a casual edge, this multidimensional monochrome masterpiece works in whatever city you call home. Switching out the boxy blazer for some added luxurious detailing, we’ve replaced the oversized structure with this decorative silk shirt from our Hepburn collection.

Designed with imported lace detailing on each sleeve, the Coming to Dinner formal separate works beautifully with the boudoir lace slip worn underneath.

Styled with a split hem maxi skirt with metallic eyelet detailing, this bold combination of light layers and structural separates offers an ageless allure suited to any sartorial setting. Offering a touch of bad-gal allure to high-luxe designs, this ankle-grazing long skirt gently hugs the waist and accentuates a strong A-line silhouette (ideal for petite and athletic figures like Elena).

Swapping out the heel in lieu of a patent mary jane with strappy buckle detailing and a pair of camera-shy shades, this off-runway trend is an accessible and affordable take on catwalk classics. Worn with a busy city tote or evening golden clutch, this striking high fashion ensemble is an IT girl approved combination for anyone looking to avoid the pretentious humdrum of street styling this season.

Pictured: VAUGHAN Hepburn shirt in Coming to Dinner, Prada cat eye sunnies, Schutz ballerina flats, Miss Selfridge slip, Mugler eyelet detail skirt

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