EXPATS COLLECTIVE // Spring Summer 2020

Updated: Nov 25, 2019

EXPATS COLLECTIVE is an international collective, a collaborative effort between publisher and fashion editor Stephan Rabimov and designers Vasily Vein of San Francisco and Liliana Bahor and Ella Shadrunova of Vyborg, which is close to Saint-Petersburg and Finland.

The brand is the epitome of slow fashion, with every garment created individually and uniquely.

Their debut collection, Spring/Summer 2020, is inspired by Polenitsa (Slavic folklore warrior women-Valkyries), the Romanov dynasty (represented by golden badges and stars of military honor, as well as red ribbons cutting through an olive drab dress) and the October Communist Revolution (elements in striking crimson, military cut on many jumpsuits and jackets).

The color red, used sparingly but effectively, is a main leitmotif of the collection, showing up in wool, capes, dresses and accessories. The looks chosen are simply divine and very classic, draped dresses and shawls, capes and jackets, one-piece tracksuits and long, pleated skirts. Much of the inner fabrics of the outfits were lined with red velvet. All fabrics were shimmery and flowing, with velvet and shiny silk making an appearance.

The final parts of the collection were very “Red Riding Hood”, with large red hoods and oversized belt buckles on black leather coats. A collection for the modern warrior valkyrie, bound for revenge against her enemies in dramatic and flawless outfits, this is definitely one of the highlights of this week - expect to see much more from this new brand.



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