MERCEDES-BENZ FASHION WEEK RUSSIA Autumn/Winter 2021/22
Day 6, the final day at Russia Fashion Week, saw Sixties-inspired Psychedelia, extravagant Knitwear and eclectic Streetwear.
The final day at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia was a day of extraordinary contrasts – from the likes of Japanese Designer Viviano’s collection of romantic and epic floral gowns to Swedish designer Linus Leonardsson’s Sixties-inspired pieces, from funky kids and teenager- wear by Spanish designer Mercedes De Alba to gritty and unconventional streetwear by the likes of the Sergey Sysoev Fashion School. Vereja offered a range of very delicious knits and so did Painters and Garciela Huam -each interpreting the medium of knitwear in their own entirely unique way.Russian designer Svetlana Evsigneeva presented an extensive range of dreamy chiffon evening dresses to float around in. To say there was something for every taste is not an exaggeration!
A good place to start is perhaps the beautiful offering entitled “Fleurage’ by Japanese designer Viviano. Dresses made from layers and layers of soft tulle in every shade of crimson and sky blue rubbed shoulders with tailored coats and jackets in fine plaids and faux fur. The stunning oversized floral prints on some of the shirts and coats were awe-inspiring! This exquisite range was further enhanced by detail like the piping on the jacket collars and leather insets into the coats.
An eclectic and innovative collection on show on Day 6 was by the Sergey Sysoev Fashion School. Streetwear in all its guises featured – from bold printed cotton shirts and culottes, puffer jackets in fun prints and bold colours to more sophisticated satin pussybow blouses and pleated dresses, often styled with Converse-type trainers to give the ensembles a very contemporary look. This was young fashion at its quirkiest best!
Knitwear featured in many of the collections on Day 6. Moscow-based brand Vereja’s presentation ranged from stringy bikinis to extravagant coats whereas the black and white dangly wool coats and stripy knits at Painters and the simple ribbed sweaters at Garciela Huam was an entirely different take on knitwear as a medium.
Swedish designer Linus Leonardsson presented his gender non-conformist collection, blurring the lines – like so many designers have been doing this year – between menswear and womenswear. Glamorous, Sixties-inspired and entirely constructed from recycled, low-emission materials, this collection sends out the message that for us to achieve a ‘future utopia’, we must first take care of today’s world.
Last but not least, Guido Vero’s offering was a range of tailored and semi-tailored pieces for the ‘nomads’ of the new era. Using vegan, bio-degradable and hi-tech fabrics, and ‘green’ production methods, like so many of their contemporaries in fashion today, this Chilean brand is adamant to make a difference to how fashion will be perceived and managed by future generations.Doesn’t the colour palette in this collection with its shades of brown and bison just brilliantly convey the brand’s message of caring for the earth?
It is befitting to end off with some knitwear on a day that knitwear was a key player – in one guise or another – in many of the collections. This little mascot from Vereja stole the show and no doubt put an altogether different spin on ‘catwalk’!