Summary of the fifth day at the international RUSSIA Expo

From March 1st to March 8th, Moscow Fashion Week is in full swing at the Central Exhibition Hall ‘Manege’ and the international RUSSIA Expo in Pavilion No. 75 at VDNH. The fifth day saw a stunning display of new collections from fashion houses in Moscow, Astrakhan, Belgorod, Novomoskovsk, Podolsk, Ulyanovsk, and Ufa gracing the runway.

Natalya Sovetskaya. NS Brand (Podolsk)
Natalya Sulimina, the visionary behind NS Brand from Podolsk, drew upon the rich history of the USSR for her latest creations. Combining sleek, form-fitting dresses with iconic fur hats known as "ushankas", the collection exuded a blend of tradition and modernity. Noteworthy were the men's jackets meticulously crafted from a myriad of fabric pieces arranged in a precise geometric pattern. Each ensemble by Natalya Sovetskaya's NS Brand pays homage to Russian culture.

UFW: Showcasing Ulyanovsk Fashion Brands (S. Leto, Kofpla, Res by res, Boston) (Ulyanovsk)
At the esteemed international RUSSIA Expo, the spotlight shone on four Ulyanovsk-based fashion brands: S. Leto, Kofpla, Res by res, and Boston. Embracing the prevailing office chic trends of the season, the collections featured maxi-length dresses and skirts embellished with bows and pearls, as well as striking total grey ensembles. The models flaunted garments in hues of red, adorned with fringe and accessorized with statement pieces. Metallic boots added a touch of flair, while unconventional lilac shirts and oversized gold jewelry punctuated the looks. Dresses with asymmetrical blue accents paid homage to Ulyanovsk's unique geography as the city of three rivers.

Booomerangs (Novomoskovsk)
The Novomoskovsk-based brand, Booomerangs, unveiled a collection that juxtaposed minimalist pieces with intricate designs, defined silhouettes, and bold color contrasts. Classic black and white hues were elevated with on-trend shades of olive, navy, burgundy, and deep purple. The founder, Evgenia Soboleva, breathed new life into urban wardrobe essentials by infusing them with modern shapes, lively accent hues, and inventive design approaches.

Initially targeting a teenage audience, the emerging brand SOFA PYLENKO from Belgorod unveiled its debut women's collection at this season's Moscow Fashion Week. Designer Natalya Pylenko's pieces were characterized by a minimalist and subtle aesthetic, combining sharp silhouettes with denim experiments and touches of leopard print. The consistent element across all the looks was the use of pearl accessories.

GURVICH (Astrakhan)
Hailing from Astrakhan, the brand GURVICH presented a collection of elegant cocktail dresses. Designer Marina Gurvich, with over 15 years of experience, showcased her unique creations for women. This time, she opted for a palette of monochrome and classic colors: milky-white, red, and black. The feminine ensembles featured tailored silhouettes, pearl embellishments, and delicate lace details. A standout piece was a dress crafted from sheer fine mesh adorned with intricate voluminous floral appliqué.

8point2 (Ufa)
The name of the Ufa-based brand 8point2 holds significance: researchers suggest that it takes a man 8.2 seconds to fall in love at first sight. This concept influences the designer's creation of everyday attire that captivates with intriguing details. The collection embodies the notion of an eternal celebration that can transpire on any regular day. The designer skillfully merged cyberpunk and grunge aesthetics with a mermaid-inspired style, featuring silver puffy ensembles for early spring and form-fitting shiny skirts paired with oversized bombers. The looks were accessorized with brooches resembling playing cards, vibrant lace tights, and distinctive headwear.

Leffers (Moscow)
Injecting a hint of Spanish flair this season is the latest collection, Modern Carmen, from the Moscow-based brand Leffers. Full skirts, veils, tailored silhouettes, boleros, and a color palette of red and black all pay homage to the iconic opera character. Designer Olga Leffers, while honoring style traditions, incorporated lace, sheer fabrics, tulle, faux fur, and the brand's signature hand embroidery. Large statement earrings and roses in the hair completed the looks. The eveningwear collection exuded a blend of elegance and theatricality. The show concluded with a model in a dramatic black voluminous dress paired with an unexpected headpiece—a black kokoshnik adorned with oversized flowers.

The fashion shows at the International RUSSIA Expo in Pavilion No. 75 at VDNH are open to all visitors. Live streams of the shows can also be watched on the official Moscow Fashion Week website. Recordings of the shows are available on the official VK community. Guests of the event can look forward to over 15 more fashion shows featuring designers from various regions across Russia. Designers have come from Kazan, Krasnodar, Kyzyl, Perm, and other cities to showcase their collections at Moscow Fashion Week.

Moscow Fashion Week takes place from March 1st to 8th at the prestigious Central Exhibition Hall ‘Manege’ and Pavilion No. 75 at VDNH, serving as the location for the international RUSSIA Expo. The event garnered significant attention, receiving an impressive 1038 applications from designers hailing from 151 cities across 72 regions of Russia.