Matryoshka Dolls

Those stackable dolls your grandmother had are now a thing.

Little-known fact about Soulja Boy’s 2011 single Stacks on Stacks on Stacks? He was actually singing (read: slurring) about stackable Russian dolls.*

You know the ones—often found decorating the dining rooms of grandmothers (particularly those of Russian ancestry), or used to store the very tiniest of trinkets. Whether an antique, souvenir or designer bagatelle, we’ve been spotting the miniature sets on many a beside table and bookshelf. They may be notorious for their Russian roots, but the doll-inside-a-doll motif is sprinkled throughout Europe (Yigal Azrouel found his at a flea market in Kiev, Ukraine) and the infatuation has spread across the pond. 

“I tend to collect most of my antiques and vintage pieces from dealers and markets in Europe,” says bombshell Brit Misha Nonoo, whose blue-and-white patterned dolls cohabit with her KAWS collectables.

Annabelle Dexter-Jones’ dainty dolls, lacquered in hues redolent of Valentine’s Day candy.

Perhaps even more adorable are the matryoshka motifs we saw at Jen Brill’s. Think: A CHANEL doll wristlet, complete with a chain link strap and the trademark double-C black-and-gold finishes.

“The Russian doll bag embodies everything that I love about CHANEL—luxury and humor!” says Brill. “What’s better than a gorgeous babushka that holds your BlackBerry, credit card and CHANEL rouge shine? Nothing.”

And for those of us who aren’t in Lagerfeld’s inner circle (still waiting on our Christmas present, Karl), we can wear Russian dolls in the form of Charlotte Olympia’s Babushka clutch, this noir Natasha ring, or, for the steady-handed, on your nails.

Needless to say, our feelings toward all things Russian ain’t no fleeting crush—more like holy matryoshka-mony.

*Unverified. And probably not true.

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