Special show Slava Zaitsev: ‘Moscow and Muscovites’
Updated: Nov 25, 2019
And what a great way to introduce our guests to the new fashion week - a retrospective love letter of sorts to Moscow and its inhabitants by Slava Zaitsev, known internationally as the maitre of Russian fashion. A romantic presentation took place, introducing us to the love Zaitsev has for Russia’s capital. Major events from Moscow’s history unfolded before us, told in the form of a varied, yet classical collection.
We started with the launch of the “New Look” fashion in the USSR by the actress Ludmila Gurchenko in a famed Soviet hit “The Carnival Night”, moved on to Gagarin’s trip to space (personified by rather rocket-like looks), remembered the futuristic Moscow Olympics of 1980 (shown here through the use of several athleisure garments in classic Soviet white-and-red) and finally took a gander at the construction of the Moscow-City business district (represented by several elegant and sleek outifts).
Overall, Zaitsev presented a very vibrant and varied collection - sarafans, sheer silks with wild and bright patterns accentuated every look. The use of wild jungle greens, reds and animal prints were a bold choice that Slava can afford easily. Many of the patterns and colors reminded one of famed Pavlov Posad shawls but all had something special to say - leopard print was plentiful, and new look-style round hats and accessories fit these light yet powerful looks very well. We were shown an image of a true Muscovite beauty, opulent yet classical, understated yet wild.
The finale was especially touching, as Slava himself rose from the audience to thunderous applause. A standing ovation has shown that the appreciation of Slava’s talent is alive and well in the heart of Moscow.