Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week is one of the most important fashion weeks in the world. Everyone already knows The Big Four – New York, Paris, London and Milan. We took the fashion train all the way to Moscow, Russia, where the 34th season of Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week (#MBFWRussia) just wrapped up in the nation’s capital.
Each year and each season, a mix of famous and up-and-coming designers showcase their newest collections, in order to set the trends. Fashionista was there in the front row.
So here’s our favorite collections and its designers from the latest season of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia.
Saint-Tokyo is a label from 2014, initiated by Yury Pitenin sand named after his love for Tokyo, where he grew up, and Saint Petersburg, where he studied fashion and is currently based. The designer’s shows are awated at Fashion Week in Moscow and not only. The venue was packed with the city’s coolest fashion lovers and business insiders, who attented Pitenin’s fifth collection, which mixed the wardrobes of royalty, specifically Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia, and lower-class folk.
Just to give you an example, a graphic T-shirt had the name “Marlborough” printed on it – that moment after the ship that Feodorovna was aboard as she fled Russia.
“Underwear as outerwear”, says the designer.
Each season, Pitenin creates something that’s new and difficult. For the 2017 Fall Winter Season, it was a puffer jacket.
“I made puffers first time in my life and I’m really excited by them.
They’re big, comfortable and cool!”
#2. YASYA MINOCHKINA
Yasya Minochkina takes womenswear line to the next lever every time. For the 2017 Fall season, she was inspired by Rihanna and Beyoncé.
“Strong personalities, but at the same time feminine and sexual”, she says.
The collection included dresses made from fine lace, floral patterns and insect details, along with coats that sparkled with sequins or metallic fabrics. You should know that Minochkina’s daughter is also a constant muse for her designs.
“We always travel around the world, looking for something new”, she says.
This time, the inspiration came from a zoo in Paris, where her little one found a peacock feather that’s intricately embroidered on a few evening-ready dresses. We get the idea and we love it!
#3. ARTEM SHUMOV
The Designer Artem Shumov presented his sixth menswear collection in Moscow, which was by far the quickest show of the whole week. Models walked down the catwalk but they were turning around just before the end of the runway. Shumov says his collection’s inspiration drew from the common people who lived during the history between Russia’s empire, communism and the USSR. The result was a collection with loose-fitting suits and sporty details.
Some of the items caught the attention: Stirrup pants, a blazer with button pins, a jumpsuit made entirely of plastic and not only. The models had dusty hair, bandaged heads and faux bloody stains. At the end of the show, the models gathered for a group pose, similar to Russian army photos from the early 20th century.
“It’s like an artist took a brush to it”, he says.
#4. ANASTASIA DOKUCHAEVA
The Russian designer made a memorable debut at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia with her womenswear and menswear Fall 2017 collection, which showcased her ability to translate pajama styles into fashion-forward outfits for men and women. The looks that caught our attention were a velvet robe jacket with matching trousers, a yellow blazer with silver pants and a bright blue patterned blouse with wide-leg pants. She loves colors and we could see that on the runway: the quilted coats in gold and silver, a lime green trench, a hooded parka made from floral-printed jacquard.
#5. MACH & MACH
Sisters Nina and Gvantsa Macharashvili came from Georgia to present their collection for the first time at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia.
“We wanted to show in Moscow because we have a lot of customers here”, says Nina.
They are well-known for their playful footwear, handbags and sunglasses with the most outrageous details – glitter, pastels and feathers. The ready-to-wear collection was fun and bold with the monochrome suits, silver sequined party dresses, floral items and dress-over-shirt looks. We got hooked up with a specific message on a T-shirt: “Girls doing whatever they want.”
“We call it Girls Democracy. Free, powerful girls without boundaries”, explains Gvantsa.
#6. LUMIER GARSON by Jean Rudoff
Jean Rudoff created the setup with individuals sitting at a table with pizza and the full collection hanging on clothing racks. The dressers pulled each look for the models to wear. Rudoff’s label – Lumier Garson – was an irony to the fashion system, art and politics.
For the 2017 Fall season, Rudoff created military items, with details like buckles, zippers and cargo pockets. The top of the line were the pink fabric, black velvet and the lace. A tactic backpack that resembled a riot shield was a particularly provocative piece. Rudoff says it’s hard to choose a favorite item because he “likes and hates everything” (ironic), but he particularly mentioned a specific trench, that features a full-length zip on the back, so it can be worn in 2 different ways.
Anastasia Gassi showed the 2017 Fall collection leaving a lasting impression. She has an abstract and conceptual approach toward design and the result of that would be babydoll dresses, flouncy gowns and exaggerated silhouettes with a rebel attitude. She specifically expressed it through the models who walked along the catwalk with their arms crossed.
Info Source: Maria Bobila.
Photo Source: Fashionista.