Russian Fashion Week had been held in Moscow for the last 10 years in early March/April and mid-October. During this period, RFW has discovered dozens of new designers and has presented over sixty international designers to the Russian market. The fashion week is now sponsored by Mercedes-Benz.
While at International Luxury Travel Market in Cannes last week, I was invited to dine with the InterContinental team. At lunch I met Alexey, General Manager of the InterContinental Tverskaya which opened on Monday 5th December and marked a return of the hotel group to Russia after a decade away. The hotel is built on the site of the Soviet-era Hotel Minsk and it tries to combine contemporary chic style with a distinct Muscovite residential feel. The hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from most of Moscow’s key landmarks including the Kremlin and Red Square. Despite what may be going on in Russia in terms of elections and protests at the moment, I believe Russia will continue to grow (I for one am visiting in April) and this hotel will no doubt prove popular among leisure and business travellers alike.
The 184 en-suite rooms have all the usual mod cons but it was the properties spectacular 19 suites, including three Penthouse suites which caught my eye. There’s also a superb ballroom which seats up to 250 guests for your very own Russian banquet (if you so please). While for a bit of a chill out, there’s a spa by Elemis (personally one of my preferred beauty brands – the quartz facial remains in my book unchallenged).
We all know I love to eat, so on to the restaurant. There’s the 126-seat Chekhonte restaurant which offers a contemporary take on traditional Russian dishes. I’m interested to see how this plays out. However, perhaps what intrigues me most is the Chocolate by day, martinis by night lobby lounge and bar P-Square. I suspect it will be particularly bling, but then who could blame them, isn’t that part of the Russian charm? I’ll just have to visit to find out!
This April Moscow’s Chekhov International Festival returns to the UK with a new production of The Tempest. Cheek by Jowl’s Russian sister company brings to life this disturbing masque of power, control and illusion. With powerhouse performances and innovative interpretations of classic texts, Barbican Artistic Associate Cheek By Jowl continues to inspire audiences season after season at its London home in Silk Street Theatre. Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod’s internationally renowned Russian ensemble were previously seen at the Barbican in Twelfth Night, Three Sisters and Boris Godunov.
The Tempest Cheek by Jowl Chekhov International Festival at The Barbican
7th to 16th April 2011
Performance Time: 19:15 (also 14:00 on 9th and 16th April)
This summer if you find yourself in Moscow and seek a little city chic one evening then there is no better place to head than the O2 Lounge Summer Terrace with its new theme “The Flair of New York in the Heart of Moscow”. The summer concept is reflected both in the venue’s décor and its food and beverages. Despite recent tensions between the USA and the former USSR power caused on the recent discovery of Russian spies in the West, these two mega cities, that have so much in common and yet are located on the opposite sides of the planet, will finally be juxtaposed on the 12th floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow.
The summer menu of The O2 Lounge will be enhanced by New York classics and Moscow unbeatable hits: Cobb Salad with avocado, blue cheese, bacon, shrimp and baby salad leaves, Russian Crab Salad, Okroshka Summer Soup and Crab Cake with basil citrus salad and spicy avocado cream. Guests will also be offered grilled dishes such as US Prime Beef Burger, US Prime Rib Eye with cognac pepper sauce, Grilled US Prime T-bone steak and traditional Shashlyk.
While relaxing on the summer terrace, the guests will be able to order American ice cream and traditional New York hot dogs, and the barmen will invite guests for a glass of O2 Cosmopolitan, Traditional Manhattan, Fifth Avenue (Gin, Martini rosato and lavender foam), New York Cheesecake (Vanilla Vodka, Grand Marnier, cream, mascarpone), Moscow Lassie (Vodka, apple juice, Cucumber, mango puree, jog hurt) or Russian Lemonade.
About The Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow is located just off Red Square, next to the Kremlin, in the heart of the cultural and business center of Russia’s capital. The hotel enjoys the largest guest rooms and suites in the city all fully equipped with cutting-edge technological amenities. The O2 Lounge on the 12th floor offers magnificent views of the Kremlin and Red Square, and the full-service spa by ESPA are among the hotel’s premium amenities. For more information and reservations, contact your travel professional, call The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow at +7 495 225 8888 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com
If you’re planning a trip to Moscow this year, make sure your itinerary features a night sipping cocktails and dancing the night away at the newly opened Imperia Lounge. Imperia is the namesake of Russian Standard’s ultra-luxury Imperia Vodka, and just like the vodka, the new venue epitomises opulence; featuring a sumptuous bar, fabulous restaurant and centrepiece dance club surrounded by floor-to-ceiling screens projecting spectacular graphics and videos onto the dancefloor.
The venue was launched in May to a star-studded crowd including Scottish actor Gerard Butler, Russian ‘it girl’ Ksenia Sobchak and Russian actor Fedor Bondarchuk. With thousands of trend-setting Muscovites also in attendance, Imperia Lounge is set to become Moscow’s new number one nightspot.
Imperia Lounge is located in central Moscow on Mantulinskaya Street, 5
On 15th May, the Smirnoff Co. will remix the vibrant colours, boundless energy and unbridled creativity of South Africa in a ground-breaking mashup of culture and music. The world’s biggest DJ/producer, Tiësto is set to work with South African psych-rockers BLK JKS, named ‘Africa’s best new band’ by Rolling Stone magazine, for a unique collaboration and to bring his legendary live performance to the globally renowned series of original nightlife events, when Smirnoff Experience lands in Johannesburg.
As part of this collaboration, Tiësto and BLK JKS are currently in the studio creating an exclusive new track, which will only be available to Smirnoff fans on www.smirnoff.com and www.facebook.com/smirnoff, set to be released this April. The track will be premiered live to a worldwide audience in South Africa during Tiësto’s concert, on the night of May 15. Following the success of Tiësto’s recent genre-bending collaborations with Nelly Furtado, Three 6 Mafia, Calvin Harris, Tegan & Sara as well as remixes of MUSE, Bloc Party and Editors, the outcome of his sessions with BLK JKS will surely break new musical grounds for both acts.
Smirnoff Experience South Africa ‘Mashup Street’ is an event that celebrates the fusion of vibrant South African music and street cultures. Tiësto will preside over this one-of-a-kind experience as the headline talent. Mixing modern and classic genres of music, fashion art and mixology, ‘Mashup Street’ provides the ultimate canvas for Tiësto and BLK JKS to bring their creative vision to the world.
Want to be there? Smirnoff fans in Ireland, Canada, Australia and Venezuela can enter for a chance to go to Smirnoff Experience South Africa and the rest of the world can take part by visiting www.facebook.com/smirnoff and www.smirnoff.com.
With stops in Moscow, Shanghai, Paris and New York, the Smirnoff Experience series continues its journey around the world landing in Berlin on 23rd April with headliner Simian Mobile Disco before heading to South Africa. The events celebrate originality in nightlife by bringing to life original concepts, forming one-off collaborations and championing original drinking experiences.
It’s that time of year again when the elite of the fashion world head to Moscow to see what we should all be wearing next winter. Check out all the latest trend news straight from the catwalk in Moscow here
This April the famous GUM department store in Moscow, whose long façade faces Red Square, will host “Inside Moschino,” a retrospective following the Italian brand through the years, from its foundation to the present day. A declared celebration of Moschino’s evolution from its beginnings until the S/S 2010 collection, told through its clothes and accessories, ad campaigns and boutique window displays.
Promoted by Bosco dei Ciliegi, Moschino’s exclusive partner in Russia with two boutiques in Moscow and one in St. Petersburg, the exhibition is housed in the central arcade of GUM with an installation that recreates the entire Moschino world. It starts from the Moschino studio spaces in Milan continuing on to the boutiques, in a faithful reproduction of all the rooms and even including a literal recreation of the doors and windows. The installation is open; in fact, there is no barrier separating the Moschino world from its visitors. They are free to observe how Moschino creativity comes to life and can participate in what takes place behind the scenes of the studio. Furthermore, each visitor will be able to be in direct contact with the collections, the ad campaign images and the window displays.
The window display scenes on exhibit will include two of Moschino’s unforgettable installations: “Assi e Ferri da Stiro” [Ironing Boards and Irons], displayed for the first time at the Moschino boutique on Via Durini in Milan in February 1999; and the recent “Lace,” featured in the window of the boutique on Via Sant’Andrea in Milan in February 2010. Also, the “Ape Piaggio” display, created for the opening of the Paris boutique in February 2003, and “Pigeons,” from the windows of Milan’s La Rinascente department store in Piazza Duomo in February 2009.
At the centre of the exhibition is a selection of clothes and accessories starting from the historical archives to the more recent collections of Moschino, Moschino CheapAndChic and Love Moschino. In fact, the collections and accessories start with “Borsa-casa” (Autumn/Winter 1998-99) and end with two pieces from “Archivio Moschino,” a label offering historical archival pieces re-interpreted with contemporary silhouettes and proportions, making an appearance on the Spring/Summer 2010 runway. All set against a backdrop of ad campaigns for a truly artistic background.
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On April 1-7, 2010 Russian Fashion Week, the biggest fashion event in Eastern Europe, is celebrating its 20th season/10 years in Moscow’s Congress-Hall of World Trade Center, turning the Russian capital into the world’s hottest fashion destination for this period.
RFW FW2010/11 schedule includes over 50 shows of cutting-edge designers from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, UK, Italy and more. This season RFW will host British Day under the support of the British Council with participation of Clare Lopeman, Osman Yousefzada, Eley Kishimoto and PPQ. The international flavour will also be added by MAION by Maria Prevolsek (Croatia) and KT Brown (Sri Lanka). Both shows will be held within the frameworks of RFW international cooperation with Fashion Week Zagreb and Colombo Fashion Week respectively. Italy will be represented by a debut collection by a young Italian brand, DISMO, and by a traditional N-U-DE (New Upcoming Designers) collective fashion show of 3 young designers (N-U-DE showcase is organized in cooperation with Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana).
Russian Fashion Week’s program includes “Extending the Runway: Tatiana Sorokko Style” exhibition by famous Russian top model Tatiana Sorokko and “A Shaded View on Fashion Film” selection by famous fashion blogger and visionary Diane Pernet. Karim Rashid, the legendary industrial designer, will become a special guest of RFW Opening.
RFW attracts over 45,000 people and over 1000 accredited journalists and buyers seasonally. RFW is held under support of the Ministry of Culture of Russia, Russian Fashion Foundation and Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs. RFW is produced by Artefact Communications Agency. In past seasons, Russian Fashion Week staged shows by Vivienne Westwood, Julien Macdonald, La Perla, Catherine Malandrino, Jeremy Scott, Costume National, Francesco Smalto, JC de Castelbajac and other prominent international designers along with established and up-and-coming Russian brands, as Slava Zaitsev, Parfionova, Julia Nikolaeva, Lena Karnauhova, Chistova&Endourova, St. Bessarion, Egor Zaitsev, Masha Kravtsova, Tegin, Biryukov and others.
The Hilton hotel in Samara will be the hotel chain’s sixth property in Russia. Offering 195 rooms, a restaurant and two meeting rooms, the hotel will be located close to the city’s main historical, cultural and administrative centre and business district.
Hilton currently has two properties in Russia: Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya and Hilton Garden Inn Perm. Doubletree by Hilton are set to open in Novosibirsk, Perm and Sochi by 2011.