Volvo Russian Fashion Week, which is taking place October 26-31 in Gostinny Dvor was launched on Wednesday night in Moscow with a joint fashion show of Italian designer Stefano Ricci and Russian couturier Valentin Yudashkin.
Florentine fashion guru Ricci arrived in Moscow to showcase designs for the autumn-winter season and launched the Year of Italy cultural program in Russia. Ricci’s show featured classical male suits, long coats and sportswear. Formidablelooking male models aged from 30 to 60 turned the catwalk into an elegant promenade – flirting with female models and walking dogs.
Ricci’s show marked his debut in Russia. “Another male fashion brand is coming to the Russian market,” said Vlad Lisovets, fashion expert and TV anchor who visited the show. Lisovets pointed out that Ricci’s show, which aimed to present the Stefano Ricci brand by combining various key outfits from several collections, would likely appeal to younger Russians, as opposed to the more mature crowd.
Valentin Yudashkin, the man who dresses Russia’s first ladies and is the designer behind the Russian army’s new uniforms, showcased classical dresses made with airy fabrics, sequins and handmade embroidery.
Alongside the older generation of established designers, Fashion Week is a good chance to see young designers with new ideas and collections – such as Alexander Arutyunov, Konstantin Gayday and Kira Plastinina.
Meanwhile, fur is the main trend of the upcoming season, say fashion experts – and this goes for both natural and faux fur. Volvo Fashion Week participant Igor Gulyaev is particularly notable for his winter collections using fur.
“I would say this season women should get ready to wear bright but simple colors, hats with broad brims and square patterns, and of course fur,” said Lisovets. “Russians love it – and it obviously gives an outfit an added status.”
After enjoying the new collections by Stefano Ricci and Valentin Yudashkin, guests celebrated the opening of Fashion Week at the Golden Ring club in Moscow.