gosha rubchinskiy makes a runway return to russia
The designer is heading home to the motherland to show his autumn/winter 17 collection in Kaliningrad.
Kaliningrad is a small city on the Baltic, an enclave nestled in between Poland, Lithuania, and the cold sea. Formerly part of Germany, and part of the USSR (then Russia) since the end of the Second World War, Kaliningrad's history of shifting borders, changing names, sliding national identities makes it a fantastic microcosm of the whole region. Maybe that also makes it the ideal place to stage Gosha Rubchinskiy's Russian homecoming; the city, like Gosha's designs, is suspended between East and West.
It was announced this morning that Gosha would be taking his eponymous brand to Russian soil for the first time since his debut triology collections in 2009 were presented in Moscow, in sports halls and churches. Since then Gosha's career has skyrocketed, with support from Adrian Joffe and Comme des Garcons, he's built a fashion empire that encapsulates everything from trainer collabs to perfumes to photography books, and of course, a highly-covetable mainline that sells out almost instantly each season. The show in Kaliningrad will mark the second season Gosha has hit the road from his traditional Paris home, after presenting his spring/summer 16 show in a Mussolini-era Tobacco factory in Florence as part of Pitti.
Text Felix Petty