ARTICLE TANIA FAROUKI
FOR THIS WEEK'S 'WHAT WOULD THEY BUY NOW?' PREDICTIONS, V FELL UNDER THE SPELL OF LARA ANTIPOVA, THE RUSSIAN LITERARY HEROINE WHO MADE DOCTOR ZHIVAGO'S HEART MELT
Larissa "Lara" Antipova is the ubiquitous Russian beauty in Boris Pasternak's 1957 novel Doctor Zhivago, painfully well-portrayed by icy blue-eyed Brit Julie Christie, opposite Egyptian heartthrob Omar Sharif in David Lean's 1965 movie of the same title.
The sumptuous epic romance, widely regarded as a masterpiece in its own right, saw a new era in cinematography and original soundtrack, courtesy of Freddie Young and the legendary Maurice Jarre respectively. Set during the Russian Revolution of 1917, Antipova excels in school but ends up having to make ends meet by working as a seamstress while taking care of her mother. Our heroine finds herself under the hands of her mother's own evil-intentioned partner—until she crosses paths with Zhivago... Russian men seem to make great lovers, don't they? Just ask Anna Karenina and Carrie Bradshaw.
A true beauty inside out, Antipova is a strong character with a sympathetic vulnerability (despite a taboo marriage interferance). A romantic at heart with an understated sex appeal, come 2014 she would go for the goods with warmth and charisma tinged with a familiar melancholy. Think paintings that echo a whirlwind of emotions, cashmere-infused knits and home furnishings, luxurious, vivid furs, simple monogrammed letterheads and pragmatic statement pieces (turtlenecks, loafers, et al). Russians are known for their deep care for nostalgia, and Antipova is no exception.