Russia Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016

At Russia Fashion Week in Moscow, the ultra feminine usually  reigns supreme, but each season there are many pearls to find in this sea of tule. Lola recaps the highlights of the Spring/Summer season 2016. Read our streetstyle reports here and here.

WearABLE future

Probably the most important show of the season (although not in the commercial sense that is common for fashion). Couture without bounds and the British Higher School of Designs organized a runway show with models with disabilities, rocking clothes especially engineered to suit their needs.

Alena Akhmadullina

Akhmadullina, one of the headliners of MBFW Russia, presented a collection for her own brand (right), as well as for Barbie (left). Both were inspired by fairy tales and sported the luscious graphic prints Akhmadullina is known for. Full reports here and here.

Tako Mekvabidze

Debutante Tako Mekvabidze is a promising young designer from the Georgian capital Tbilisi. Her collection is an example of orientalism done right, with just enough maxi-skirts, glitz and tassles to not fall into cliché.

Dima Neu

Young designer Dima Neu lifted Soviet nostalgia to the next level, with his bright red communist star spangled garments.

Ria Keburia

Ria Keburia cooperated with several other Russian designers on the accessories and prints in her collection of gender neutral sportswear with a nostalgic Soviet touch (read our full report from the scene here).


The Contrfashion collective this season presented the collections of AVA11 and Victoria Stepanova. Contrfashion shows are known to attract a crowd of people looking to be amazed. Needless to say those looking for spectacle were not disappointed.

Vika Smolyanitskaya

Vika Smolyanitskaya staged a pop-art protest in cartoon colors, view the full gallery here.

Pirosmani by Jenya Maligina

Petersburg’s dark star Jenya Maligina broke the cycle of black her brand Pirosmani is known for, with a slick hot pink suit. In addition, her collection featured 3D-printed skeletal hands as bracelets (gallery here).

Slava Zaistev

It may be your taste or not, but Slava Zaitsev’s style is unmistakable and doesn’t care about the whims of contemporary fashion. The “Red Dior” is still going strong 50 years into his career as a couturier.

Student collections

Of all the excellent students’ work presented at MBFW Russia, we expect the most in the future of the bold knits of Marina Rainina  and the fierce pastels of Eugenie Fiere (right).

All images (with the exception of Contrfashion and Ria Keburia) courtesy of MBFW Russia.