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This Russian Fashion Designer Just Showcased An Insane Collection

♫ Why don't you go where fashion sits... Putin on the Ritz ♫

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Alexeev collaborated with Russia's Defense Ministry for a militant-themed collection that was inspired by the invasion and annexation of Crimea by Russian forces, according to the Guardian.

The collection featured lots of male models wearing balaclavas -- an allusion to the outfits worn by plain-clothed Russian army fighters who invaded the Ukrainian territory without acknowledging they had been sent by Moscow.

"The military has a very strong sense of duty and responsibility," he said. "These are people of honor. It is a very strong, masculine energy."

The Washington Post labelled the collection "absurd."

"This is a gratuitous political referencing for commercial purposes," New York fashion expert Hazel Clark told the Post.

Thousands of people have been killed in fighting in eastern Ukraine, as Russian-backed rebels motivated by Moscow's annexation of Crimea seek to separate from Kiev.

David Mack is a reporter and weekend editor for BuzzFeed News in New York.

Contact David Mack at david.mack@buzzfeed.com.

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