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Russian Fashion Week: Opens with veteran designer who begun career under communism

03-23-2012 09:22 BJT

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Russian Fashion Week opened in Moscow on Wednesday, with a celebration of one of the country's most renowned designers, Slava Zaitsev. The veteran 74-year-old has been in the business for half a century and his fashion house is still going strong. But are his designs still able to hold their own against younger brands?

Day one of Russia's fashion week and legendary Slava Zaitsev is celebrating his 50th year of turning out eye catching designs.

Models wait backstage during Russian design duo HakaMa's show at Mercedes-Benz
Fashion Week in Moscow March 21, 2012.

The 5 day festival opened with his new collection, simply called "Associations". Despite a mix of periodical references, Zaitsev insists the collection is wholly contemporary.

He said, "A lot of these designs could be worn in everyday life. I've been in fashion for 50 years and I’m not interested in surprising anyone, I just want to make good clothes for people and that's it."

A model poses for a photograph backstage during Russian design duo HakaMa's
show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Moscow March 21, 2012.

Zaitsev's unusual hat designs have gained the most attention, once again surprising his admirers.

One former model called Tatyana Mikhalkova said, "He is a firework, a burst, a volcano. He is like Russia - very different, bright and beautiful."

Russian Fashion Week has been held twice a year since 2001, and is the biggest fashion event in Eastern Europe. The showcase event for autumn/winter collections of Russia's top designers runs until Sunday.

 

Editor:Bai Yang |Source: CNTV.CN

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