Models display a collection by a group of Russian designers of the Moscow Art-Industrial Institute. AP
Chic and adventurous models and couturiers have been spread all over the Russian capital for Moscow Fashion Week, flaunting their designs in venues ranging from a sprawling Stalin-era propaganda exposition to a large park near the Kremlin admired for its innovative features.
Among the major names showing their clothes are Slava Zaitsev and Valentin Yudashkin.
The center of the action has been Zaryadye park, built where the vast and unwelcoming Hotel Rossiya once stood just east of the Kremlin and St. Basil’s Cathedral. The park’s most famous feature is an elliptical ramp that juts out over the Moscow River, an epic catwalk for models.
Many other shows are being held in VDNKh, built to show the "people’s economic achievements” and renowned for its array of elaborate Stalinist architecture. In one of the week’s memorable images, models in up-to-the-minute couture sauntered past the huge Friendship of People’s fountain that features golden women in idealized peasant dress.
The shows take place amid the pressures of increased sanctions against Russia because of fighting in Ukraine and the withdrawal of many foreign businesses. But designer Yulia Skalatskaya said her work is thriving nonetheless.
"I experienced some difficulties, but at the same time, to be honest, our sales have grown,” she said. "If you work well, if you make good collections then you’ll have more clients. If you only rely on the fact that some brands have left and someone’s place has been vacated, nothing will change only because of them leaving. You need to work.”
Gevorg brushes mascara onto his already long, dark lashes before dabbing highlighter above his cheekbones and checking the results in a mirror of a central Moscow salon.
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Russian police arrested more than 600 people on Saturday, including prominent activists, around a political protest in Moscow to demand that members of the opposition be allowed to run in a local election later this year.
The plane has become a popular tourist destination, and a travel guide notes that it is difficult to find since it is situated close to a group of shipping containers.
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There will be three private VIP suites, the first of their kind in the world of cinema, rising above the amphitheater to give an amazing view of the screen with the greatest degree of privacy and comfort.