Slava Zaitsev, Ethnic Colour Explosion

August 14, 2017 under Runway

by Helene, Mexico

Slava Zaitsev Spring 2017 collection Russian ethnic costumes

Recently I have read a post about successful celebrities. The author was insisting that for success just talent isn’t enough. One shall have a proper background, implying that his or her parents were able to invest in the child’s development. Otherwise, doesn’t matter how talented the child is, he or she will be a failure.

While watching this fashion show, I was thinking to myself: “Yes, in this case the post author was 100% right, creating such stylish outfits would be impossible if Slava had poor parents… Taste and this fine feeling of beauty and elegance do not come from nowhere.” The diversity of his outfits, most of which could serve as an icon of style and elegance, inspired me to read little bit more about the designer, Slava Zaitsev.

I was amazed and to some extent shocked: his mother was a usual housewife, and she has never had any beautiful clothes. Actually, that is why Slava creates such looks, rich and elegant, to somehow compensate for that mum`s feeling of, probably pain and hope that once at least her child will be able to have what she couldn’t afford. Inspired by richness and brightness of Russian national colours, Slava creates masterpieces (yes, and I am not afraid of using this word!) that can be worn in everyday live and for women of all sizes. Each of his creations is well-balanced, elegant and distinctive at the same time.

Slava Zaitsev Spring 2017 collection Russian entire red outfit

I am not a fan of red colour, I practically never wear it because my shyness dampens the joy, even if this of high quality and of truly elegant style. My mum always taught me never to wear everything of the same colour.

Perhaps I am too old school? If I would be a celebrity, like a famous TV host let’s say, I’d probably easily flaunt something like this in front of the paparazzi, with an expensive car to match. That would be a real gutsy statement!

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 13: A model walks the runway at the SLAVA ZAITSEV fashion show during day five of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia SS17 at Manege on October 13, 2016 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images)

A row of models dressed in white parade down the catwalk in crisp white tights and nostalgic hats. I would say, elegance is a key word to all looks created by this designer.

Slava Zaitsev Spring 2017 collection Russian fashion week white tights

Any shade of pink is quite a controversial colour. These outfits, however, show this shade in a different light, rather not connected with all the Barbie glamour, but with the elegance of a mature lady that isn’t afraid of experiments. Confident and yet charming.

Slava Zaitsev Spring 2017 collection Russian checkered gingham skirt

This skirt would look equally nice on a slim woman and on a fuller figured woman or a woman coming from a cultural background that requires full body coverage (ex. Chechen republic). Slava Zaitsev is famous for also creating clothes for women who are “just bigger than average”. His work is very versatile, he even designed athlete’s uniforms for 1980s Moscow Olympic games.

Slava Zaitsev Spring 2017 collection Russian checkered gingham jacket

Here is a one more casual style for the ladies with fuller figures, it accentuates the feminine lines. It would, in my opinion, be more interesting to see an actual plus size model wear something like this to show women of all sizes that it is not difficult to select good styles for their shape.

Slava Zaitsev Spring 2017 collection Russian neon colours

Wait a second here, what a daring design, but didn’t my mum teach me not to wear more than three colours at once? I would like to get a better look at the dress underneath the jacket because this orange/black combination with stripes on the side seems pretty cool.

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Slava’s designs show a lot of cultural roots to them. He uses very unusual combination of accessories, scarves, and so on to create his looks.

Slava Zaitsev Spring 2017 collection Russian blue and gold outfit

Here is a luxury mix of royal blue and gold.  Hosiery matches the rest of the outfit and adds a special elegant touch as if it is a business lady heading to some artistic exhibition.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 13: A model walks the runway at the SLAVA ZAITSEV fashion show during day five of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia SS17 at Manege on October 13, 2016 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images)

Here is another example of a dress that would be appropriate for a woman with a fuller figure. The head piece is pretty avant-garde in my opinion, but it nicely finishes this whole Mongolian-like concept.

Slava Zaitsev Spring 2017 collection Russian red dress

What a classic colour combination – red and black, with mesh for elegance. Romantic and mysterious, but so different from the rest of the collection.

Slava Zaitsev Spring 2017 collection Russian dress

In my opinion Slava Zaitsev has his own unique signature, just like the iconic Dior and Chanel who were his inspirations. His designs are so well composed that they don’t require any cheap shock factors in order be remembered.

Some More Seamless Pantyhose on the Catwalk, Golden Lady 2016 show for Textillegprom in Moscow

May 31, 2017 under Golden Lady, Runway

Here are some more photos I found of the seamless pantyhose fashion show that was hosted for fall collection of 2016 in Moscow. These are styles by Golden Lady, featured at the Textillegprom Federal Trade Fair, and I am amazed that they are both SEAMLESS and PATTERNED! I didn’t see this before from any other brand and in my eyes this is a true innovation.

These photos are taken by Alexander Zhuravlev just like the previous set and the original website is on the watermarks on the photos. Enjoy the pictures!

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golden lady seamless pantyhose fashion show models on the runway podium catwalk4 black striped tights

golden lady seamless pantyhose fashion show models on the runway podium catwalk3 black striped tights

golden lady seamless pantyhose fashion show models on the runway podium catwalk2 white tights with black

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This Federal Trade Fair for Apparel & Textile happens in Moscow annually and they feature all sorts of exhibitors. Golden Lady brand is very popular on the Russian market. B

 

 

Swedish Diplomat Fired for His Illegal Pantyhose Smuggling Business

September 25, 2013 under News

Swedish diplomat accused of smuggling pantyhose from Belarus into Russia

Case from 2009:  Moscow embassy fired a Swedish diplomat, Andres Martin Fors, who became nicknamed as a “pantyhose” diplomat who used his untouchable status to smuggle hosiery from a factory in Belarus to Russia without paying duties or taxes and giving it to local stores to sell on consignment basis.

Usually foreign diplomats are accused of espionage, but this one had a refreshingly new entrepreneurial case.  Still, because of diplomatic immunity the diplomat could not be arrested by Moscow police, but he was dismissed from his position in Moscow.  This is against Vienna convention for a diplomat to engage in such activity.

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Trying on a Russian Pantyhose Brand Gracia

May 4, 2013 under Brands

I just returned from my trip to Europe, wearing on my flight back for the first time a pair of Russian pantyhose of Gracia (Грация) brand.  You can learn more about my trip through in my pantyhose diary if you’d like.

Some people try exotic foods when they travel, I try exotic pantyhose.  It’s been a while that I wanted to try this brand, but I just couldn’t get it anywhere for obvious reasons – this label is only available in Eastern Europe and is not designed for export. Грация label, in Cyrillic letters, would not sell anywhere else.

I passed through Moscow for work and I visited an old friend of mine, Natasha.  She greeted me wearing beautiful black pantyhose.  Later she returned, complaining that she got a run in them, but saying that they lasted her many wears.  I asked what brand it was and she said – Грация (Gracia).

Next day I had to leave, so I didn’t even know if I’ll have a chance to buy myself this brand.  So just in case I asked her if I could have those pantyhose, just to try them on.  She didn’t mind me asking, but she didn’t want to give me something that was already damaged.  Actually she even looked through her pantyhose drawer and pulled out many 40 den pantyhose of different colours by the same brand, looking for another sheer pair, but she had none left.  Realizing how much I wanted to try it, she even offered me to ship a pair to Canada, but I declined, since I didn’t want her to go through the hassle.

pantyhose by Gracia Russian brand with reinforced toesLuckily, I found a pair of pantyhose by brand in a store – the style displayed on the photo above, 20 den, sheer to waist, with reinforced toe.  I asked for whatever colour they had, except for black – turned out they had Mocca.  Fine, I took it, but I must admit it looks more like dark tan rather than real Mocca.

Somehow for my whole trip it was really cold, so I was walking around in 40 den pantyhose.  But on my flight back to Vancouver I decided to lighten up and look glamorous, since a special someone was supposed to meet me at the airport.

I put on Gracia pantyhose for the first time in the morning, getting ready for my flight.  Let’s just say, I was a little nervous since I never tried that brand and besides Natasha’s positive feedback had no idea if it will survive for such a long period.  What if I end up with a huge run in them?

pantyhose by Gracia Russian brand with reinforced toes close up 2Reinforced toe already cheered me up, at least that means it’s more durable in that section.  Interestingly, it had a thick border at the beginning of the reinforcement, almost like a statement saying that the toe section begins!  Also, I noticed that the band was quite broad and elastic and held on well.  It didn’t have a control top, but a t-top with a cotton gusset.

That proved to be very good eventually because I never felt like I had to pull up these pantyhose throughout my flight and two transfers.  It survived at least 24 hours on me and when I took it off it had no runs or holes.  Excellent quality!  Now the only regret I have is that I didn’t buy more.

After checking the website of the manufacturer, I realized that they have some really nice advertisements.  Here are some of their pantyhose ads.  Do you notice that they feature only skin-tone and black colours?

 

 

Controversial Views of Natalia Tolstaya

February 23, 2013 under Love

It’s a hard decision whether to write about this or not, since many people who know me personally may not expect this.  Probably I wouldn’t talk about this openly if it weren’t for several sexologists who I greatly admire and follow online.

It may be surprising to some people that family counselling professionals advise women not to blame their husbands for watching explicit movies, but in fact to join them and get some new ideas together.

Biology didn’t make people monogamous, so it’s best for him to have his chance to view something at home, together with his spouse, rather than go off to explore it in reality when she is not around.  Natalia Tolstaya, a Russian sexologist, holds this point of view.

Natalia suggests to women to take their men and go explore the sex shop, even if it means dragging the guy in by force.

Did you know that the first sex shop was started by a woman in Germany?  I suppose that’s why German sex shops are considered to be the best in the world.  Not everybody though liked the idea at first.  For example, the first shop in Canada (Ultra Love in Vancouver) had protests by angry women outside of it in the 70’s when it just opened up.

There is also a new trend of sex museums around Europe.  Moscow recently opened a sex exhibit with amazing artifacts from all over the world, both antique and modern.  Here is a photo of a fashion show that they hosted for a line of lingerie.

Besides things like stockings, magazines, oils, I truly was surprised to see that there were adult pantyhose-themed and stockings-themed movies available on the market too.  There are a couple of good labels, like Swank, for that material.  Leg Show and Leg Sex are also two popular labels for magazines, but according to recent news the first one has ceased publication.

So, what are you waiting for?  Go explore, we live only once.

 

Race on High Heels in Russia – Pantyhose Not Ripped in Vain

April 19, 2012 under Weird

Run on High Heels

Maria Gridina, on the photo above, dressed in the spirit of the high heel competition, so she wore beige pantyhose and funny striped socks.  She really tried hard, but she fell and ripped her pantyhose, scraping her knees.  No worries, doctors right away took care of her injury at the finish line.

She still however found the courage and strength to pose for photos and smile and her efforts were not in vain.  She got a prize for her “Determination to Win” for her strong will.  The prize was a gift certificate for a beauty salon.

Not all contestants were young, there was even a woman who wan the prize “Most Gracious” at the age of 55.  It’s never too late to be fun, sporty, and feminine!  The race on high heels brought out all ages.

Barnaul Race on High Heels

In Barnaul city though there were some restriction – only blondies (or brunettes in blond wigs) could compete and they had to wear pink clothing.  The distance was 100 meters.

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Karina Barbie is came to run on high heels.

The heel length requirement all over Russia seemed to be consistently at 9 cm.  The winner was a 27 year old accountant who admitted to practice for the whole year to run on heels.  She went to run at the stadium on high heels for practice and also researched information on how to walk properly on such tall shoes online. 

Moscow Race on High Heels

This run was organized by Glamour Magazine.  For this run more then a hundred women were required to go 50 cm on high heels.  Many of them even taped their shoes to their legs to prevent losing them.

Karina Barbie was one of the contestants.  She is a fun character, full of confidence and desire to be known as the “living doll”.  She wears almost everything pink.

Along with Karina Barbie, there were other local celebrities present at that event, like Russia’s Eurovision contestant from 2011, mostly probably for promotional purposes.

The winner of the race was a professional runner.  She was wearing black leggings, maybe about 60 den, but overall her outfit for some reason was more sporty then sexy even though she had beautiful heels on.

So, when is such competition coming to North America?  I am sure that I’ll take the prize for Best Pantyhose, but for sure not speed.  One of my teachers used to say that it’s not the winning that matters, but participation.

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Race on High Heels

 

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