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Preparations under way for the opening of Russian Fashion Week

on Tuesday,March 24,2009 19:03

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Eastern Europe''s premier fashion event is scheduled to open on March 29, although like its Western counterparts it will be scaled down this year.

The Russian Fashion Week (RFW) will host the best Russian and Ukrainian designers with guest appearances by their French, Italian and Spanish colleagues.

The event is considered to be the best way to gain a foothold in the Russian market, and a number of international fashion brands staged their collections on its runways, including Vivienne Westwood, Julien Macdonald, La Perla and Baby Phat.

Designer rental fees for RFW catwalks are also up to five times lower than the smallest venues in Milan or New York.

This, however, has not entirely insulated the event from the adverse economic winds.

The upcoming schedule includes 48 shows, an almost 20 percent fall compared to the October 2008 event. "Good news is that all key names of Russian fashion stay on the RFW catwalk this season," says Alexander Shumsky, president of RFW.

Opening the event will be the haute couture collection dedicated to the 100the anniversary of Dyagilev''s Seasons in Paris by renowned fashion designer Slava Zaitsev. He is a Soviet/Russian fashion legend, known as Red Dior by international media.

Meanwhile, the celebrated French designer Jean-Charles De Castelbajac will make his RFW debut on March 29.

The RFW will take place from March 29-April 4 in the Congress Hall of the World Trade Center in downtown Moscow.
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