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Slava Zaitsev to open Russian Fashion Week
Mar '09
The premier fashion showcase in Moscow, Russian Fashion Week launches its 18th season in Congress Hall of renowned World Trade Center on March 29th. As the biggest fashion event in Eastern Europe, RFW will feature 50 collections of the best Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian designers along with some of the best names in French, Italian and Spanish fashion.

Russia's most honored fashion designer, Slava Zaitsev, will open RFW with his haute couture collection dedicated to the 100-year anniversary of Dyagilev's Seasons in Paris. Sergey Dyagilev was the world-famous ballet impresario and founder of Ballets Russes which conquered Paris at the beginning of the 20th century. Slava Zaitsev is a true Soviet/Russian fashion legend, dubbed the Red Dior by the international media due to his faerie collections that so often punctured the Iron Curtain that once separated the Soviet Union from the western world.

Slava started his career in the 1960s and still makes fashion headlines & is currently a host on the highly rated television program Fashion Verdict. “Slava Zaitsev is over 70, but he works harder than youngsters”, says Alexander Shumsky, President of Russian Fashion Week. “Dozens of renowned Russian designers came through his Fashion Lab, the best fashion school in Russia. We are proud to have his anniversary collection for the RFW opening.”

Celebrated French designer Jean-Charles De Castelbajac will make his RFW debut on March 29th.

Russian Fashion Week is acknowledged as the fashion gateway to Russia and the most talented international fashion designers from around the globe continue to utilize the RFW runway as the entry point to the Russian marketplace. Designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Julien Macdonald, Jenny Packham, Francesco Smalto, Frankie Morello, La Perla and Baby Phat are just a few of the names that have enjoyed success with RFW.

The Russian Fashion Week schedule includes the most famous and edgy Russian and former Soviet Union designers: Arngoldt, Tatiana Parfionova, Julia Dalakian, Elena Souproun, BIRYUKOV, Poustovit, Cyrille Gassiline, Viva Vox, Xakama, Masha Sharoeva, Chistova&Endourova, TEGIN, Yulia Nikolaeva, MainAim, Personage, Liudmila Norsoian and many more. The international flavor will be added by Spanish designers Toni Francesc and Maria Lafuente as well as a host of the most prominent up-and-coming Italian designers.

Italian designers Leitmotiv, BeeQueen, a.VE will show their collections in a collective fashion show as part of the on-going cooperation between Russian Fashion Week and Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana originally announced in Moscow and Milano in 2005. “Russia is key destination for Italian fashion”, says Mario Boselli, President of Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana. “We have great success story with Russian Fashion Week in Moscow, we did Italian Day on RFW and RFW delivered Russian designers to Milan Fashion Week. So in 2009 we do next stepin our relations despite the crisis.”

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