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A model displays the collection by Russian designer Slava Zaitsev during the opening of the Fashion Week in at Zaryadye Park with the Spasskaya Tower ...
Models display the collection by a group of Russian designers inside the GUM department store with lots of boutiques closed due to sanctions during th...
Models prepare to parade during the Fashion Week at Zaryadye Park near Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 20, 2022. Chic and adventurous model...
A model displays the collection by Russian designer Julia Dalakian during the opening of the Fashion Week in at Zaryadye Park near Red Square in Mosco...
Spectators pose for a photo between shows during the Fashion Week at Zaryadye Park near Red Square in Moscow, Russia, on Monday, June 20, 2022. (AP Ph...
Models display a collection by a group of Russian designers of the Moscow Art-Industrial Institute, during the Fashion Week at Zaryadye Park with the ...
A model displays a creation from the collection "Lokoto" by Russian designer Lena Anikeeva during Fashion Week at Zaryadye Park near Red Square in Mos...
A model walks past spectators as she displays a creation Fashion Rebels by Russian designers during Fashion Week at Zaryadye Park near Red Square, in ...
A model displays a creation by Russian designer Igor Chapurin at the fountain "Friendship of Peoples" during Fashion Week at VDNKh, The Exhibition of ...
A spectator films on her smartphone as models display a collection by Russian designer Polina Mircheva during the Fashion Week at Zaryadye Park near R...
A models displays a collection by Russian designer Polina Mircheva during the Fashion Week at Zaryadye Park near Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Wednesd...
Models stand backstage waiting to display the collection "Loom by Rodina" by Russian designer Svetlana Rodina at the historical Kitai-Gorod (China Tow...
Assistants help models to change dresses backstage, prior to displaying the collection "Loom by Rodina" by Russian designer Svetlana Rodina at the his...
Models display the collection "Loom by Rodina" by Russian designer Svetlana Rodina at the historical Kitai-Gorod (China Town) Wall during the Fashion ...
Models display a collection by the Branding and Design Academy METRICS during the Fashion Week at Zaryadye Park with the Kremlin Churches, the Spasska...
Models display a collection by Russian designer Alena Akhmadullina on Moskvoretskaya embankment during the Fashion Week at Zaryadye Park near Red Squa...
A model has make-up applied backstage before a display during the Fashion Week at Zaryadye Park near Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 23, ...
Models gather backstage waiting for their turn to display a collection by graduates of the British Higher School of Art & Design during the Fashion We...
A model displays a collection by graduates of the British Higher School of Art & Design during the Fashion Week at Zaryadye Park near Red Square in Mo...
A model poses for photographers backstage after displaying a collection by graduates of the British Higher School of Art & Design during the Fashion W...

A model displays the collection by Russian designer Slava Zaitsev during the opening of the Fashion Week in at Zaryadye Park with the Spasskaya Tower ...

Models display the collection by a group of Russian designers inside the GUM department store with lots of boutiques closed due to sanctions during th...

Models prepare to parade during the Fashion Week at Zaryadye Park near Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 20, 2022. Chic and adventurous model...

A model displays the collection by Russian designer Julia Dalakian during the opening of the Fashion Week in at Zaryadye Park near Red Square in Mosco...

Spectators pose for a photo between shows during the Fashion Week at Zaryadye Park near Red Square in Moscow, Russia, on Monday, June 20, 2022. (AP Ph...

Models display a collection by a group of Russian designers of the Moscow Art-Industrial Institute, during the Fashion Week at Zaryadye Park with the ...

A model displays a creation from the collection "Lokoto" by Russian designer Lena Anikeeva during Fashion Week at Zaryadye Park near Red Square in Mos...

A model walks past spectators as she displays a creation Fashion Rebels by Russian designers during Fashion Week at Zaryadye Park near Red Square, in ...

A model displays a creation by Russian designer Igor Chapurin at the fountain "Friendship of Peoples" during Fashion Week at VDNKh, The Exhibition of ...

A spectator films on her smartphone as models display a collection by Russian designer Polina Mircheva during the Fashion Week at Zaryadye Park near R...

A models displays a collection by Russian designer Polina Mircheva during the Fashion Week at Zaryadye Park near Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Wednesd...

Models stand backstage waiting to display the collection "Loom by Rodina" by Russian designer Svetlana Rodina at the historical Kitai-Gorod (China Tow...

Assistants help models to change dresses backstage, prior to displaying the collection "Loom by Rodina" by Russian designer Svetlana Rodina at the his...

Models display the collection "Loom by Rodina" by Russian designer Svetlana Rodina at the historical Kitai-Gorod (China Town) Wall during the Fashion ...

Models display a collection by the Branding and Design Academy METRICS during the Fashion Week at Zaryadye Park with the Kremlin Churches, the Spasska...

Models display a collection by Russian designer Alena Akhmadullina on Moskvoretskaya embankment during the Fashion Week at Zaryadye Park near Red Squa...

A model has make-up applied backstage before a display during the Fashion Week at Zaryadye Park near Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 23, ...

Models gather backstage waiting for their turn to display a collection by graduates of the British Higher School of Art & Design during the Fashion We...

A model displays a collection by graduates of the British Higher School of Art & Design during the Fashion Week at Zaryadye Park near Red Square in Mo...

A model poses for photographers backstage after displaying a collection by graduates of the British Higher School of Art & Design during the Fashion W...

MOSCOW (AP) — Chic and adventurous models and couturiers have been spread all over the Russian capital for Moscow Fashion Week, flaunting their designs in venues ranging from a sprawling Stalin-era propaganda exposition to a large park near the Kremlin admired for its innovative features.

More than 100 shows are being held during the week that began Monday as well as scores of speakers who are noted names in the Russian fashion industry.

Among the major names showing their clothes are Slava Zaitsev and Valentin Yudashkin.

The center of the action has been Zaryadye park, built where the vast and unwelcoming Hotel Rossiya once stood just east of the Kremlin and St. Basil’s Cathedral. The park’s most famous feature is an elliptical ramp that juts out over the Moscow River, an epic catwalk for models.

Many other shows are being held in VDNKh, built to show the “people’s economic achievements” and renowned for its array of elaborate Stalinist architecture. In one of the week’s memorable images, models in up-to-the-minute couture sauntered past the huge Friendship of People’s fountain that features golden women in idealized peasant dress.

The shows take place amid the pressures of increased sanctions against Russia because of fighting in Ukraine and the withdrawal of many foreign businesses. But designer Yulia Skalatskaya said her work is thriving nonetheless.

“I experienced some difficulties, but at the same time, to be honest, our sales have grown,” she said. “If you work well, if you make good collections then you’ll have more clients. If you only rely on the fact that some brands have left and someone’s place has been vacated, nothing will change only because of them leaving. You need to work.”