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March 27th, 2009

Designer Spotlight: Slava Zeitsev

Just when you thought the Fashion Week frenzy had finally calmed down, Moscow’s designers are ramping up for another week of shows.  Russian Fashion Week (RFW) opens this Sunday with designs from one of eastern Europe’s most beloved designers: Slava Zeitsev.

Slava began designing from behind the iron curtain of the Soviet Union in the 1960s.  His background speaks of a modern Renaissance man.  His undergraduate degree is in Chemistry and Technology. Later, he earned certification in textile painting, and still later graduated from the Moscow Textile Institute.  Slava has written two books on fashion: What a Changeable Fashion and This Multifaceted World of Fashion.  He’s also designed costumer for events, like the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games.  Slava designed the Russian police officer’s uniform in 1991. Now, he is the host of Fashion Verdict, a highly rated Russian television show.

Slava Zeitsev is known as the “Red Dior” because his designs broke through the Iron Curtain and into outside markets. You can get a taste for his designs by watching the video above showing Slava’s Spring/Summer ’09 collection, from the last Russian Fashion Week.

To learn more about Slava, visit his profile page at the official 2006 Fashion Week in Moscow site.  We’ll report on Slava’s Fall/Winter ’09 collection after his Russian beauties have taken their catwalks.  Until then, here’s a shoe I bet Slava would adore:  Dobie sandals, by Charles David.  Shown at right, these are super-sleek sandals, what with the platform for height, polished metal side gromets, and gorgeous patent leather uppers.  Shoelfy is proud to add these comfy-chic sandals to their collection– we should have the new spring ’09 collection up on the site soon!

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