MERCEDES-BENZ FASHION WEEK RUSSIA Autumn/Winter 2021/22

Day 5 at Russia Fashion Week in Moscow saw Extreme Proportions, Avant-garde Design and Deconstructivist Offerings. Oh, and for a change Menswear was the Star of the Show.

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Image Credit Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Russia (Facebook) | Cypriot fashion house Tommazo showed a poetic collection featuring beautiful shapes and textures

Day 5 of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia came with umpteen pleasant surprises and its fair share of ‘wow’ moments! The line-up was varied, with strong representation from foreign participants – Dutch, Peruvian, Cypriot, South Korean and Polish – adding their respective international flavours to the day.

Local houses like Marfa Fedarova, HARD by HSE Art and Design School, Yana Besfamilnaya, Rogov and Volegov were holding their own and presented diverse and interesting collections, mostly by means of catwalk shows in front of live audiences – a far cry from recent Fashion Weeks in other capitols sans audience! Perhaps a good place to start is Menswear, which featured prominently on Day 5.

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Image Credit Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the presentation | Back to nature! Tommazo’s pastel blue ensemble, complete with sun hat

Tommazo, a Cypriot brand, presented their collection by means of a charmingly romantic filmed entry. Beautifully textured jackets and coats in wool felt, faux leather and cotton were displayed over printed shirts and classic trousers, each ensemble having been carefully considered with regards to shape, colour and overall ambience. The menswear range, in particular, stood out in its completeness and attention to every detail.

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Image Credit Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the presentation | Heavily textured felted wool – Tommazo

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Image Credit Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the presentation | Lederhosen and a work shirt with topstitching – ready for raking the farm yard!

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Image Credit Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Russia (Facebook) | Hand-painted detail on the back of a jacket – Tommazo

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Image Credit Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the presentation | Beautiful detail on the back of Tommazo’s jacket

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Image Credit Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Russia (Facebook) | Tommazo’s sumptuous chocolate brown wrap coat

Legenda, a local brand established in 2012 by Olga Kapitonova, presented a unisex, minimalist, beautifully cut collection featuring hand-crafted fabrics and clean lines.

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Image Credit Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Russia (Facebook) | Lendenda’s sumptuous leather creations

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Image Credit Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the presentation | Lendenda’s super stylish olive green belted trench coat

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Image Credit Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the presentation | Lendenda’s transparent lacy black jacket

Hot contender for best avant-garde designs on Day 5 of Fashion Week Russia is hands down maverick brand Rogov. This fashion house, created by TV host and fashion expert Alexandr Rogov in 2013, has a cult following in Russia, with the branded sweatshirts and designer embroidery being particularly sought after. The A/W2021/22 collection features an eclectic mix of sweatshirts, intricate coats, jackets, dresses and skirts, all with the extravagant Rogov signature features – classics, but not as you know them!

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Image Credit Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the presentation | A Tel blue printed satin shirt and hat in the Rogov collection

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Image Credit Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the presentation | Red bondage ankle boots, pleather leggings and an oversize teal coat – Rogov

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Image Credit Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the presentation | Rogov’s plaid jacket with exaggerated shoulders came with a grocery wheelie trolley in the same plaid!

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Image Credit Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the presentation | Details shots of Rogov’s printed fabric that extended to the tights models were wearing

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Image Credit Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the presentation | Matching dresses and carrier bags at Rogov

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Image Credit Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Russia (Facebook) | An eclectic collection from Rogov featuring classics, but not as you know them!

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Image Credit Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Russia (Facebook) | A mustard jacket over a fawn printed dress at Rogov

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Image Credit Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the presentation | Orange plaid tweed over a sweatshirt and pointy hem skirt at Rogov

Another local designer worth mentioning is Volegov, a brand founded in 2018, whose classic collection of coats were very wearable indeed and as such struck a chord with much of the audience at the live show.

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Image Credit Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Russia (Facebook) | An oversized black leather jacket at Volegov

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Image Credit Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Russia (Facebook) | Black leather and knee-high boots at Volegov

One of the highlights of Day 5 at Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Russia came from HARD by HSE Art & Design School. Fun, experimental and seriously pushing the boundaries of fashion as we know it, not unlike the Russian Avant-Garde movement, but for fashion.

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Image Credit Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the presentation | HARD by HSE Art & Design School’s oversized jacket worn as a cape

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Image Credit Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the presentation | HARD by HSE Art & Design School’s cropped jacket with oversized structured shoulders

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Image Credit Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the presentation | Interesting sculpted features in this bison brown dress by HARD by HSE Art & Design School

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Image Credit Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the presentation | A white dress with half the top part amiss, by HARD by HSE Art & Design School

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Image Credit Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the presentation | Let’s take to the skies! By HARD by HSE Art & Design School

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Image Credit Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the presentation | A pretty draped dress by HARD by HSE Art & Design School

We started on a poetic note, journeyed through the Avant-garde and Deconstructivism and it is befitting to conclude on a rosy note! Peruvian designer Camille Defago presented their collection of body-hugging pieces by means of animated mannequins.

Enjoy the pastel pinkness and pure prettiness of it all!

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Image Credit Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the presentation | Slashed slacks revealing much thigh! – at Camille Defago

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Image Credit Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the presentation | Pastel body-conscious dresses at Camille Defago

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Image Credit Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the presentation | Printed mermaid scales at Camille Defago

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