Vera's Fall collection got me in the Cold Mountain mindset, what with the babushka-inspired head coverings and the Romanov-worthy decadence, but these ads really take me there. All the way to the land of Dr. Zhivago, that vast expanse that we call Russia, romanticized with plenty of embroidery, furs, ornamentation, and the requisite endless amounts of snow...and vodka!


Fittingly, Yana Karpova, the model who fronts the campaign, has roots in the Eastern bloc. Although her facial expressions aren't the best, and the eye makeup is a tad severe, the ads are definitely catching, very dramatic. What do you all think?

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