Red Carpet Fashion Awards

I was looking for something different during Mercedes-Benz Russia Fashion Week, and I saw that this week during the Yegor Zaitsev Fall 2011 presentation.

It was a full house. People were standing at this show, which was a first that I had witnessed this Fashion Week.

I soon saw what the fuss was about, and why people were so eager to see this show when the first model hit the runway.

The Russian fashion rebel Yegor Zaitsev presented an avant-garde collection which was surprisingly romantic.

Yegor took classic silhouettes extended them, volumized them, turned them upside down and made them into works of art.

Check, houndstooth, wool and tweed coats, skirts and necklines were peeled open like a banana skins; tentacles sprouted from the neck and arms; boots were paired with socks.

The first person to spring to mind was Rihanna, then strangely Beyonce and Kylie Minogue.

I can picture these ladies wearing this looks on stage – especially the white coat.

Despite so many dramatic pieces, there were some wearable looks in this collection which also included menswear.

This was a perfect way to close Mercedes-Benz Russia Fashion Week.

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Posted by Catherine Kallon on April 5th, 2011 In: Russia Fashion Week

Today is the last day of Mercedes-Benz Russia Fashion Week.

It has been quite an exciting journey of discovering new talents here in Moscow.

I loved the colourful Poustovit Fall 2011 presentation. The pieces are easy to wear and comfortable.

Colour blocking, pleats and prints were key elements of this collection which included many maxi skirts and maxi dresses.

I also saw shirt dresses, tunics, jumpsuits, structured wool coats, jacket, loose fitted skirts and boat neck tops.

My favourite piece was the red long sleeved maxi dress which was part silk, part suede. The orange belt was the perfect finish touch.

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Posted by Catherine Kallon on April 5th, 2011 In: Russia Fashion Week

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Marios Schwab was the other British designer showing his Fall 2011 collection during Mercedes-Benz Russia Fashion Week in Moscow yesterday, in association with Rainbowwave showroom and the British Fashion Council.

After missing this show in London due to jet lag, I was excited I had a second chance to enjoy this beautifully structured collection.

I marveled at the fabulous cuts and the lady-like nipped in waist on the wool and leather looks which had soften from the Spring 2011 collection despite the harness details.

High-waisted pants, bubble shaped puffer jackets, silk blouses and a gorgeous flowing stone coloured maxi dress were some of the highlights.

Swarovski pearls were the key detail through-out this collection which brought texture to this smooth, elegant collection.

These looks will be go down well with celebrity fan Kylie Minogue, but I would also like to see others like Freida Pinto, Carey Mulligan, Reese Witherspoon, Leighton Meester, Sarah Jessica Parker, Heidi Klum and Zoe Saldana wear this collection too.

British designer Louise Gray showcased her Fall 2011 collection during Mercedes-Benz Russia Fashion Week in Moscow yesterday.

You have to admire Louise’s attitude towards fashion. She basically does what she wants to do and to hell with the “rules.”

When the first look came out, the person next to me said, “wow.” He was in total shock, like most of the audience.

I have never seen so many prints with one look. Clashing plaids, metallic polka dots, houndstooth checks, stripes and checkers were all paired with half metallic-half polka dot wellington boots.

It was a true carnival of colour, which felt well thought out, rather than colours and prints thrown together for the sake of it.

Bloomers, shoulder padded bras, fringed skirts, mohair coats, slouched jackets, and colourful mini dresses were presented.

Key accessories included oversized envelope bags/clutches, whistles as earrings and necklaces plus heart-shaped helium balloon hats.

It was baffling at times, but very entertaining.

Anna Dello Russo would love this collection.

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Posted by Catherine Kallon on April 4th, 2011 In: Russia Fashion Week

Uzbekistan designer Gulnara Karimova had a front row full of well money folk at her Guli Fall 2011 presentation during Mercedes-Benz Russia Fashion Week.

Fawaz Gruosi President, owner and founder of de Grisogono, was in the front row along with many other Birkin carrying, fur coat wearing guests.

The ethnic inspired collection of exciting prints and bright colours appeared to be aimed at a younger crowd.

Gulnara loves texture from feathers, to lace to crinkle chiffon, leather and smooth silks.

A lot of the looks had open backs, which was also used to showcase the jewels.

I loved the models hair which incorporated an off-centre braid which worked its way down to a side bun.

The jewels were a huge focal point of this collection. Models would get down to the end of the runway and ensure the jewels were displayed.

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Posted by Catherine Kallon on April 3rd, 2011 In: Russia Fashion Week

Vitaliya Bykova’s Fall 2011 presentation was my favouirte show so far this Mercedes-Benz Russia Fashion Week.

The designer’s colour palette consisted of baby blue and chocolate brown, with pops of red and prints.

Her collection was for the young modern Russian woman, who loves to show off her figure in barely there mini dresses or skin-tight pants.

Several of the mini dresses had interesting origami details and knotted ropes acted as belts for added interest and texture.

The models had their hair pulled back into a tight ponytail which allowed the focus to be on their white eyebrows.

My favourite looks from this collection were the baby blue mini dress which knotted on the shoulder and the black cropped jacket paired with the Mona Lisa leggings.

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Posted by Catherine Kallon on April 3rd, 2011 In: Russia Fashion Week




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