Art / Culture

Art / Culture
Ecaterina Kilian's picture

Russian Cinema: Tackling the Pioneers

In the 20s and the 30s the Western world was taken by storm with the ‘talkies’, or film’s with sound, meanwhile Russia was trying to figure out how to prove to themselves and the world that they had talent.

Ekaterina Petukhova's picture

Concept Stores in Russia

Shopping in Russia has always meant something more than merely looking for clothes. Nice hairstyle, trendy outfit and of course the make-up are the fashion statement when going shopping. Perhaps this is the reason why Russia is currently swamped by a wave of concept stores?

Definitely we are not talking about this trend in terms on a large scale as more than half of Russians still buy their clothes from open-air markets, although this is absurd as most stores stock cheaper merchandise of better quality. Maybe markets are examples of lifestyle consumption, albeit nostalgic ones. Anyway we are covering the stores which do not have a prominent market share but lead the market when it comes to its mood and the level of fashion industry development.

Ivan Kolpakov's picture

The Wall

An architectonce called the city of Perm a meaningless conglomeration of void urban spaces. Surely, any “permyak” (original name for a Perm citizen) could take offence, although you won’t find a better definition for Perm.

Ekaterina Petukhova's picture

Russian Fashion for Beginners

Everybody has heard something about Russian fashion and if you speculate a bit on the issue you get the idea that it must exist. However you can hardly find a person who has seen it with their own eyes.

I will reveal the mystery for you right now. A Fashion industry in Russia really exists, but the question is to which extent. The main problem of such misperception is the outcoming information you get. Russia is luxury. No comments, but just take into account that luxury is just 15% of the whole market. And what is usually the main representation of the fashion industry inside a country? Yes, it’s a fashion week. The event which somehow shows the state of the industry – its achievements, opportunities and strengths. At least it should not focus on its weaknesses so much.

Ivan Kolpakov's picture

Notes from the Abyss

On the surface Perm looks like an average Russian city: the streets are dirty, the traffic is chaotic and the local economy is based on mining. But beneath the bleak, gloom and an awful curse, Perm has been almost transformed by the cultural revolution of 2009.