Major Obsessions Luxe Second Collection of Clothing Available Now

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The Major Obsessions runway show
The Major Obsessions runway show

Photo Credit: Drew Altizer

What started out as a capsule collection of the clothing Sonya Molodetskaya was majorly obsessed with—sequin tops, velvet robes, and lingerie-like dresses—has turned into a fully developed fashion collection. For the second season of Major Obsessions, Molodetskaya’s passion project with partner and seamstress Altana Danzhalova, the duo created roughly 40 looks that are available for special order now on the brand’s website. Never one to do things half-heartedly, Molodetskaya debuted the Spring/Summer 2017 collection of Major Obsessions at a fabulous over-the-top fashion show inspired by the clothing presentations she frequents in Paris. Model after model paraded down a long, winding runway where every guest had a front row seat at the historic Hibernia Bank on the corner of Jones and Market Streets. Molodetskaya’s boyfriend, former mayor Willie Brown, ensured that the guests, many glittering in sequins looks by Major Obsessions, didn’t have to worry about the seedy Tenderloin location. Cops were everywhere!

Altana Danzhalova and Sonya Molodetskaya
Altana Danzhalova and Sonya Molodetskaya

Photo Credit: Drew Altizer

Last week we popped by the Major Obsessions studio to chat with Danzhalova and Molodetskaya—who happens to be Haute Living’s fashion editor-at-large—about the gorgeous clothing. “This time we decided to go for feminine style,” Molodetskaya said, while fingering the silky material of a long black wrap dress covered in oversized pale pink roses. “We used a lot of floral, a lot of light fabrics, light materials. We used metallics and lace, so it’s all feminine. It’s very similar to what the designers did in France for the Spring/Summer season, but we tried to put our own, what is it?” Danzhalova finishes the sentence for her, “own touch.” Molodetskaya continues, “Yes, our own touch to it and to make it affordable.” The collection is sensational. A gold high-low ball gown with black lining is paired with a black leather jacket, that is equal parts bomber (with scrunched up sleeves and a side zipper) and blazer (with an oversize double lapel collar). Tulle skirts, lace robes cinched at the waist with slouchy sashes, and flirty off-the-shoulder blouses with ruffles are abundant. Color and texture are also an important part of Major Obsessions. Blood red is paired with vibrant pink, a kelly green dress is topped with an emerald and fuchsia Oriental-inspired print kimono, and polka-dots are loud and proud.

Major Obsessions Harper wrap dress, black with roses
Major Obsessions Harper wrap dress, black with roses

Their creative process is incredibly fluid and some of the looks weren’t finished until the day of the show. “We were under pressure,” Molodetskaya says of trying to complete everything in time for the public presentation. “Literally in the last two days before the show, when we put all the looks together, we realized something is missing—some drama,” Danzhalova explains. The clothing that they both wore the evening of the show was developed that same day. Molodetskaya tires of certain pieces quickly and is constantly coming up with new ideas. “Sometimes, when you look at one of your creations from the collection and you look at that every day, what happens at some point, it’s not like you’re tired of it, but you’re sort of tired of it. Because you’re like, oh I can’t even look at that anymore and I need to do something else. I need to create something else,” she says.

Another look from the Spring Summer 2017 collection
Another look from the Spring Summer 2017 collection

Photo Credit: Drew Altizer

The duo have learned a lot over the last six months since they launched their brand. “We’re more organized this time, we had to learn how to do it,” Molodetskaya says with a smile. Instead of selling samples as they did in the past, they are taking orders—and business is booming. A trunk show is in the works for next month—until then, they will continue to sell clothing by appointment out of the studio and online. Fabric sourcing and developing new pieces is also on the agenda as Major Obsessions’s following continues to grow. “I always wanted to do a real Paris fashion week fashion show,” Molodetskaya says. “I think it came pretty close this season, but yeah, who knows what else next?” Whatever Molodetskaya has up her velvet sleeve—one things for sure, we will be watching.

The front row awaits the Major Obsession fashion show
The front row awaits the Major Obsession fashion show

Photo Credit: Drew Altizer

Major Obsessions Spring Summer 2017
Major Obsessions Spring Summer 2017

Photo Credit: Drew Altizer

Major Obsessions Spring Summer 2017
Major Obsessions Spring Summer 2017

Photo Credit: Drew Altizer

Major Obsessions Spring Summer 2017
Major Obsessions Spring Summer 2017

Photo Credit: Drew Altizer

Major Obsessions Spring Summer 2017
Major Obsessions Spring Summer 2017

Photo Credit: Drew Altizer

Major Obsessions Spring Summer 2017
Major Obsessions Spring Summer 2017

Photo Credit: Drew Altizer

Major Obsessions Spring Summer 2017
Major Obsessions Spring Summer 2017

Photo Credit: Drew Altizer

Willie Brown
Willie Brown

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Lora Du Bain
Lora Du Bain

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Anna Gemma
Anna Gemma

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Anna Lazareva
Anna Lazareva

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Brenda Zarate
Brenda Zarate

Photo Credit: Drew Altizer

Rumiko McCarthy
Rumiko McCarthy

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Farah Makras
Farah Makras

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Rada Katz with daughter Mia
Rada Katz with daughter Mia

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Sophie Azouaou and Tatiana Takaeva
Sophie Azouaou and Tatiana Takaeva

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