Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia held in the capital city, Moscow, featured some incredible emerging designers along with established labels. The Russian capital is certainly an up-and-coming hub for traditional brands which is bringing it back on the fashion map. Scroll down to see the country’s finest design talents who are proving that Russia can be a lot more than just frosty winters and vodka.
Alena Akhmadullina’s show at Russia Fashion Week was a mix of luxurious fabrics with modest ones and architectural forms with hints of feminine accents. Picture a camel leather blazer, iridescent sequins, a flowy green slip dress with an embellished overlay featuring medieval details like griffins, lions and unicorns that can easily take your look from day to night.
Known for its dark, gothic aesthetic with diaphanous fabrics, the legendary label Pirosmani, boasting a history of more than 20 years in the Russian market, decided to surprise us with something truly extraordinary. The designer offered a range of neon hues and lustrous metallic draping with deconstructed layering. This avant garde collection shone bright against a dimly runway, with deep-techno music and large spotlights that trailed the models, and created an otherworldly experience for the audience.
Adding to the huge Tbilisi revival of fashion brands at the fashion week was Aka Nanita. Taking inspiration from the Soviet era, the designer showcased an array of dresses in bright colours, leopard prints and sheer detailing. The look of the moment was short and glam, with a hint of the 80’s, making over-the-knee socks and layered slip dresses cool again.
Georgia based designer, Alexander Arutyunov showed off his collection in Moscow’s prestigious historic hall Gostiny dvor with models strutting down in rich fabrics, artistic prints and voluminous dresses. The designer built a wardrobe around leather in a colour palette that varied from deep earthy hues with dashes of blues and teals to balmy reds. With oversized blazers, tailored onesies and stellar accessories, the collection was definitely the highlight of the season.
Ksenia Bezuglova, a former Miss World 2013 headed the Mercedes-Benz I-INCLUSIVE fashion show to create usable wear for people with disabilities. For the very first time, multiple fashion designers across the country came together to present a futuristic concept in partnership with top research and technical centres of Russia to create fashion for people with special needs. The champions of the Paralympics modelled these ensembles on the runway. From fashionable prostheses to smart walking sticks for the blind, this ramp saw it all. Inclusivity, here we come.