After tackling the Fall 2018 shows in New York, London and Milan and Paris, we've kept the fashion train rolling all the way through to Moscow, where the 35th season of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia (#MBFWRussia) is currently underway in the nation's capital.
Read on to find out about our favorite collections from the second half of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia.
Alexandr Rogov is a celebrity stylist turned fashion designer and reality TV star — think a Russian Rachel Zoe-type — so unsurprisingly, his show was stacked with celebrities and enthusiastic teens eager to feast their eyes on his latest offerings. After pushing through masses of people to get in, the runway show finally began with a series of models wearing billowy chiffon dresses done up in a combination of punchy pinks and oranges. Rogov then displayed a range of asymmetrical wool coats layered over pullovers and embellished with feathers, which were all styled with wide-brimmed hats and leather gloves. On the bottom half, animal-printed knee-length skirts and shiny leather minis gave the collection a rock 'n' roll, hard-edged feel. Toward the end, candy-apple red- and electric blue-washed garments took center stage, and all-black ensembles closed out the show. Standout looks included two floor-length shearling coats that could double as blankets.
On the last day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia, young Moscow designers and brands presented their new collections at Moscow's Museum of Fashion. Among the long list of emerging sartorial talents was Otocyon, a Russian brand rooted in minimalist, fine-tailored womenswear. It was a standout on the day's schedule for more reasons than one. To start, the show featured a young woman painting a white abstract canvas in the center of the runway as models walked by. The collection — which included fluid, to-the-floor slips and belted coats in super-luxe, silk and texturized fabrics — was extravagant, but also understated and favored neutrals, perhaps taking cues from favorite The Row. Due to the lack of color, the compelling textures and silhouettes created interest, as well as the clear clogs and the ringed accessories that were looped into the belted waists of coats.
Volchok, which also showed its Fall 2018 collection at Moscow's Museum of Fashion, is an underground label that's been rising in the ranks on the Russian fashion scene for a few years now. The brand was founded by Vasily Volchok-Rusakovich in St. Petersburg in 2014 and is guided by the principle of creating reasonably priced comfortable clothes. It's well-suited to fans of Gosha Rubchinskiy with its ability to pull inspiration from Russian street and youth culture. This season, the designer showed graphic tees, track pants and lightweight toppers in a muted black and white palette. Drawings of birds and of other creatures and symbols fronted T-shirts and decorated pant legs, tapping into the designer's dark storytelling, which in the past had been used to express the underused voice of Russian youth.
Disclosure: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia paid for my travel and accommodations to attend and cover the event.