Highlights of the fifth day at Moscow Fashion Week: Fashion Shows, Lectures, and Masterclasses

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On the fifth day of Moscow Fashion Week, held at the Central Exhibition Hall ‘Manege’, 15 fashion shows by Russian and international brands took place. Designers from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kemerovo, Volgograd, Nalchik, Rostov-on-Don, Cheboksary, Kirov, and even South Africa showcased their unique collections.

From March 2 to 7, the Central Exhibition Hall ‘Manege’ hosts Moscow Fashion Week Market, where fashion enthusiasts can purchase clothing, footwear, and accessories from Russian designers. Additionally, the B2B showroom serves as a professional platform for designers and buyers. The Market and B2B showroom are open from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM daily. The ‘Manege’ also houses the Moscow Fashion Week Lecture Hall, offering insightful sessions for those interested in the industry.


Today, deconstructivism has transcended beyond architecture and art, making its mark in the fashion industry as well. Designer Evgenia Kartashova found inspiration in this aesthetic for her latest collection. Pieces with altered proportions and asymmetric cuts captivate with their uniqueness. Fringe, decorative knots, and bows scattered haphazardly, along with the incorporation of metallic buttons, all work together to infuse dynamism by juxtaposing against strict lines. The collection highlighted women's ensembles comprising tops, blouses, and skirts, alongside coordinated suits featuring cropped jackets and a range of dresses on the runway.
Catwalk: https://disk.yandex.ru/d/aF-WxvNqlZ85_Q

LACRIMOSA.BRAND (St. Petersburg)

Creative director of LACRIMOSA.BRAND Elina Kovaleva unveiled the "Naivety" collection, drawing inspiration from the vibrant colors of Sri Lanka. The entire line radiated with brightness, many pieces adorned with large floral motifs meticulously crafted by hand. Elina emphasized femininity and elegance, presenting semi-sheer trousers paired with elongated tailored jackets. The collection showcased figure-hugging velvet dresses in various styles, models featuring corset inserts, and designs with crisscross ribbons of airy fabric cascading behind, reminiscent of a majestic train.
Catwalk: https://disk.yandex.ru/d/GhtRmTv9dduggw


The brand's latest collection is a captivating blend of cultural and historical influences. Designer Alena Musaeva artfully reinterprets distinct elements of folklore, breathing new life into traditional costume details with a modern twist. The voluminous shapes and textured pairings harken back to the elegance of the Catherinean era, while the relaxed silhouettes and intricate Vologda lace pay homage to traditional Russian attire. The collection seamlessly melds various cultural references, such as the harmonious coexistence of Scottish checks with lace and ruffles in the showcased ensembles, catering to both women's and men's fashion.
Catwalk: https://disk.yandex.ru/d/LeP-dVa7eQz2oQ

LESEL (Moscow)

Moscow-based brand LESEL found inspiration in flowers. The image of a strong yet beautiful woman materialized in comfortable silhouettes, oversized quilted coats layered over maxi dresses, oversized jackets, elongated vests paired with loose trousers, and cozy knits. A significant portion of the collection adhered to the brand's restrained color palette dominated by gray, asphalt black, and accented with dark crimson, yet it looked remarkably picturesque. The collection's focal point was monochromatic flower prints designed by artist Maria Kulikova. The floral theme extended to accessories like handbags and brooches. Another segment of the collection was dedicated to denim, featuring maxi dresses, including those with artistically unfinished seams.
Catwalk: https://disk.yandex.ru/d/UZaTB6DOJ1OweQ

KADELI (Nalchik)

Originating from the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic, the brand showcased its clothing collection with a touch of elegance infused with avant-garde flair. Jackets, shirt dresses, and other garments caught the eye with their deconstructed cuts, while avant-garde features shone through in the ultra-long sleeves, a current trend. The collection's leitmotif revolved around textural interplay, understated hues, leaf-thread embellishments, and intricately woven crisscross straps, defining the unique style of the new KADELI collection.
Catwalk: https://disk.yandex.ru/d/kq64xPaaQa0Tag

DNK Russia (Rostov-on-Don)

Designers Anna and Olga Nichkova unveiled a collection of comfortable and vibrant streetwear in a palette of versatile colors - black, white, and gray. The trendy hue of red was skillfully incorporated in both subtle and bold ways, adorning shirt dresses and accessories. The sporty silhouettes of men's and women's sets were given a playful twist with ironic details like "doll" and "puppet" inscriptions on t-shirts and layered tulle skirts. A standout piece from the collection was the voluminous quilted bushlat featuring the embroidered phrase "bushlat from Russia," presented in various captivating variations on the runway.
Catwalk: https://disk.yandex.ru/d/nbrkvduZuPH-fA

Surovaya (Moscow)

Each collection from the brand revolves around boldness, strength of spirit, and the character of the modern woman. While the looks exude femininity and playfulness, they contrast with the models' appearance - striking makeup, chunky footwear, and accessories that offset the initially romantic ensembles. The models walked the Moscow Fashion Week runway in tweed suits, figure-hugging corseted dresses, and midi skirts with bold fringing. The core of the collection revolved around pastel hues with vibrant red accents.
Catwalk: https://disk.yandex.ru/d/TkeBs5cmv85vQQ


The Moscow-based brand KUCHUGOVA drew inspiration from the 1920s-30s era, a period marked by the fusion of elegant women's fashion with elements of menswear. The collection presented a striking juxtaposition of opposites on the runway. One side featured sophisticated suits with pencil skirts, structured shoulder lines, tailored coats with defined waists, lace dresses, fluid silk ensembles, soft cape coats, and jackets adorned with rounded collars. On the other side, there were nods to men's fashion with tailored vests, relaxed shirts, pinstripe trousers, and loose-fitting trouser suits. Bridging these contrasting styles were luxurious evening gowns that combined a feminine, fitted silhouette with bold tuxedo-inspired details. The ensembles were elegantly accessorized with eye-catching chrysanthemum flower brooches, adding a final touch of glamour to the looks.
Catwalk: https://disk.yandex.ru/d/2Zg5Ex5LHEPjpA

DOPE store (South Africa)

A designer from South Africa contemplates how the wardrobe of the modern generation should look like. It includes basics, oversized pieces, bright colors, and prints. Andile Sele encourages clients to embrace their true selves and express themselves. Perhaps that's why the models walked barefoot on the runway, enhancing the informal and intriguing nature of the outfits.
Catwalk: https://disk.yandex.ru/d/vC_x9nDTPQbBmw


The brand VESTIAIRE, founded in Paris in 2014, showcased a new collection for the modern woman living in the bustling metropolis. VESTIAIRE focused on versatility and practicality with added elegance and bold details. The collection predominantly featured noble materials such as taffeta, cashmere, and wool in combination with dense leather. The simple tailoring that accentuates the silhouette's strengths, accent drapes, mix of textures, and deep shades that blend seamlessly resulted in stylish everyday wear. The collection's standout motif, motorcycle goggles, made a striking statement, reminding simultaneously of trends and safety in the frenetic pace of the metropolis.
Catwalk: https://disk.yandex.ru/d/9BKcsgA2-5eHVg


The brand SASHINA DESIGNER LABEL presented a collection with the evocative name "Aurora." On the one hand, it hints at the northern lights. On the other, it references the princess from the fairy tale "Sleeping Beauty." The line was divided into two capsules: for men and women. The men's capsule pays homage to the natural phenomenon. Multicolored glimmers from the dark sky were translated onto loose-fitting shirts and relaxed suits. The creative director of SASHINA DESIGNER LABEL achieved this effect through silicone painting and tie-dye techniques. The women, on the other hand, paraded in outfits fit for real princesses - clothing with puff sleeves, playful ruffles, airy hems, and kimono-style dresses that allude not only to Aurora but also to Mulan, Ariel, Cinderella, and Belle. Both capsules are made from natural materials and presented in versatile shades.
Catwalk: https://disk.yandex.ru/d/x-fSCiqUevREDw

Boys of Soweto (South Africa)

The new collection from this brand in South Africa featured characteristic elements: prints, vintage style, and a vibrant color palette. In this spring-summer season, Boys of Soweto showcased logo-adorned dresses, cardigans, loose-fitting suits, patent leather sets in a streetwear aesthetic, and trendy knits. This small yet vivid lineup will help create a flawless wardrobe for the warm season.
Catwalk: https://disk.yandex.ru/d/3E4ZB0aVLoGi4A

Julia Dalakian (Moscow)

This season, the fashion house of JULIA DALAKIAN explores grunge but filters this familiar style through the brand's DNA. The primary color of the collection is black, yet the use of different materials ensured that all looks were distinct from one another. The designer actively incorporates eco-leather, velvet, chiffon, embellishments, and lace into the outfits, skillfully merging grunge style with boho aesthetics and elements of industrial romanticism.
Catwalk: https://disk.yandex.ru/d/Qs9CkZrCkw_etA

BEENA (Cheboksary)

Drawing inspiration from the luminous glow of moonlight in the nocturnal sky, the latest collection embraced monochromatic tones to evoke the enigmatic ambiance of a moonlit night. Embodying the dynamic interplay of twilight clouds, the designs showcased deconstructed silhouettes, plenty of slits, and a striking black-and-white contrast. Accentuating the looks were delicate white stitching, intricate embroidery, and ethereal snowy white lacing on black fabrics. The women's line featured dresses, shirts with voluminous sleeves, tops, asymmetric jackets and vests, as well as trousers and skirts. The men's looks included jackets, classic-cut trousers, vests, and sweaters.
Catwalk: https://disk.yandex.ru/d/z2D4ApQQnvBqSg

SHATU 1997 (Kirov)

Grace and theatrical forms inspired designer Svetlana Shatunova to create a new collection. The show opened with a dance in the style of contemporary ballet. Models paraded in ethereal dresses, trouser suits, flowing skirts, turtlenecks made of fine mesh, sheer leggings with stripes, and ballet slippers. The collection also included jumpsuits, delicate knitted cardigans and hooded sweaters, a series of shirts, shorts, skirt sets, several coats, trench coats, and capes. The collection's key accent was the decor made from specially developed lace knitwear.
Catwalk: https://disk.yandex.ru/d/rAW08ziy2wR7yA

The lecture hall at Moscow Fashion Week remains just as active. Designers from South Africa, Ethiopia, and Brazil spoke about their journeys in the fashion industry and the underlying philosophies of their brands. Ndima Vusumuzi, the founder of Boys of Soweto, aimed to showcase the urban subcultures he believes are "constantly emerging" in South Africa and highlight their positive aspects. Mastewal Alemu, the founder and creative director of the Mastewal Alemu brand, expressed hope for expanding her brand and venturing into the Russian market. Marina Dalgalarrondo, the designer and founder of AO Brand, is confident that despite cultural disparities, industry experts find common ground in fashion development across various countries. During the masterclass, beauty expert, influencer, and owner of the Authentica Club beauty salon network, Alena Novik, shared tips on recreating three runway hairstyles that stylists often use for models: curls, a sleek ponytail, and a wet look hairstyle, as well as demonstrating two of them. In the final lecture, trend analyst from the Center for Creative Industries at Moscow State University and editor of Trendsite Agency, Stanislav Zimin, delved into 14 global trends shaping the fashion industry now and projected to continue into the next decade.

You can follow the shows and lectures of Moscow Fashion Week in the official community on VK - https://vk.com/mosfweek. The event is organized by Fashion Fund with the support of the Moscow Government.