Fur & Vodka. While these are just two reasons to love Russia, I'm about to give you another.
It's all about Dasha Zhukova right now.
While she may have gained notoriety for being Roman Abramovich's arm candy, Dasha is a star in her own right. She codesigns the fashion line kova&T (we have her to thank for leather leggings) and converted an old bus depot in Moscow into the highly respected and acclaimed Center for Contemporary Culture Moscow also coolly known as the Garage. She does all this and manages to look marvelous at every event she attends. A fan of Rodarte, Balmain and Chanel she always looks effortless, stunning and fresh faced. I love a girl who smiles! Dasha is set to blow up as a fashion darling because she personifies the Old World/New World mix. Divine dinner jackets in Moscow one night, slashed Rodarte in London the next. Some bloggers have been seriously looking down upon young Russian socialites even going so far to say that they are "bringing down Balmain" but I beg to differ. If you can afford couture and great designer pieces go for it. In this economy designers need high end clientele in order to make ends meet, support the creative!
Recently Dasha was announced as the new Editor in Chief of POP Magazine, and while there have been many skeptics and naysayers debating her lack of experience I'm terribly excited to see what this gorgeous young thing has in store for the mag. From Russia with LOVE!
What's not to love?
xx til next,
photos: style, getty, tfs