Photo Diary: Moscow Fashion Week

A FLARE fashion intern reports from the trenches at Moscow Fashion Week

Fashion intern Alexandra Birukova takes us behind-the-scenes at Moscow Fashion Week. With pen and pad in tow, Birukova flew across the globe to cover Russia’s own Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and Volvo Fashion Week. From the two dueling runways, our globetrotting intern sends her notes on style—from Russia with love of course.

What does a girl do when she gets a chance to attend not one but two fashion weeks in Moscow? She thinks about how she’s going to miss two final exams and countless hours of sleep, not to mention her fellow FLARE interns. But in the end, 12 hours of packing later, she hops on that plane.

The first thing I noticed on my arrival at Moscow’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is that the hottest spring accessory is your 4-year-old child seated in the front row next to you, in Dolce & Gabbana loafers and a kid’s camel cape. Intimidating much? The child’s parents were even more luxuriously dressed, in furs and $50,000 watches. That’s Moscow for you. The oh-so-fashionable Muscovites made it hard to concentrate on the runway action.

Russian fashion may lack the international caché of Paris or Milan, but some designers have broken through. Industry veterans Slava Zaitsev and Valentin Yudashkin are known internationally. Vika Gazinskaya is a young and already accomplished designer whose pictures are often featured on street-style blogs, like Citizen Couture, Jak & Jil, and The Sartorialist. And Alexander Terekhov has become a favourite of the biggest names in Russia’s celebrity culture.

While other fashion weeks set global trends, many Russian-based designers create fashion statements that are best viewed as art, if not necessarily wearable. Here are four of my favourite shows from Moscow Fashion Week.

See a gallery and notes on Moscow Fashion Week