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5 Beautiful Ways MBFW Russia Designers Incorporated Russian Culture Into Their Collections

Because Mother Russia is the ultimate muse

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From peasant sleeves to floral prints, during MBFW Russia there was no shortage of beautiful masterpieces. Take a look at the many ways Russian culture impacted the collections straight off the runway.

1. Tsiganova

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Aptly titled 20 Shades of Red, Tsiganova's FW 2017 collection was true to its Russian roots through and through. The use of traditional prints were cleverly enhanced with the use of gold and silver threads, pearls, beads as well as precious and semiprecious stones. Layered with fishnets, lace dresses and thigh high boots, each model presented a distinct look that varied from the last. Not only was the collection distinctly Russian, the show itself paid homage to the motherland. Located within the iconic State Historic Museum there was an accompanying exhibit of Russian painters Fodor Konykhov's work on display. Tsiganova proved that the folklike prints and Russian red have surpassed trend status to become their own movement.

2. Slava Zaitsev

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Slava Zaitsev. The name alone holds more weight in Russian fashion than any other. His garments showcase an old school charm sought after for decades and at 79 years-old Zaitsev is still creating magical collections. For FW 2017 the designer implemented peasant sleeves, dainty floral prints and a show-stopping Russian wedding dress for the grand finale. Throughout the show Russian influences could be seen especially with a few traditional inspired pieces. A slavic print on a strapless dress, a rich brocade or a figure hugging silhouette all play to the desires of the modern Russian woman. The designers dramatic elegance, intricate use of textiles and masterful attention to details from the hats to the heels, prove why he is the best of the best.

3. Daria Dashina

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While the collection doesn't scream Russia, it's Daria Dashina's beautiful use of knitwear that is reminiscent of what makes the culture it's own. As much of the year is cold, winter wear is incorporated in much of the wardrobe so having reliable knits are part of the fabric of Russian life. Dashina, a graduate of Moscow State Textile University and Vyacheslav Zaitsev Fashionlab, is known for her hosiery and knitwear. The aspects of her FW 2017 collection that are representative of Russian culture are the feminine lines, warm wools and bright reds. Dashina doesn't shy away from representing the modern Russian woman with her strong attention to detail.

4. EVGENIYA KRYUKOVA

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Created for the refined and elegant woman, Evgeniya Kryukova's FW 2017 runway show had attendees in love. The romantic collection was blooming with an abundance of floral prints (some in 3D appliqués) as though a Zhostovo painting came to life on the runway. Strategic uses of faux fur and luxe hues added dimension to the evening-wear that included long gowns and fitted coats. Kryukova, a Russian actress, made her MBFW Russia debut with this collection of retro inspired garments.

5. Ekaterina Akkhuzina and EKATERINA FURS

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What's more Russian than fur? Ekaterina Akkhuzina proves that there are still ways to make the textile relevant. Pairing it with current athleisure must-have, yoga pants, the designer created up-to-date looks with an old-school twist. Vivid hues of pink, orange and azure brought a breath of fresh air to the FW 2017 season. Akkhuzina's nuances to Russian culture included a brown floral printed coat nipped at the waist reminiscent of a traditional folk look. The designer also didn't shy away from including furry hats that could be a modern take on the ushankas of the past.

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