Gosha Rubchinskiy in Kaliningrad

Nikita Shokhov

Published on 16/01/17

On the 12th of Janu­ary 2017 the first time since 2008 fash­ion designer Gosha Rubch­in­skiy presen­ted his fall/winter 2017 run­way show in Rus­sia. He chose the small city of Kalin­in­grad, on the Baltic sea. The city was formerly named Königs­berg, and was part of Ger­man ter­rit­or­ies until 1945.
It’s the only city in the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion that has ice-free access to the Baltic sea all year round, and today it’s home to army, air force and naval bases. Kalin­in­grad will be among the host cit­ies for the FIFA World Cup 2018.
The show was held in the former Königs­berg Stock Exchange, built on the banks of the Pregolya river in 1875. Dur­ing  Soviet Times it was con­ver­ted into the Mariner’s Hall of Cul­ture; it is now the Regional Centre of Youth Cul­ture.
Comme des Garçons — which pro­duces and dis­trib­utes the Gosha Rubch­in­skiy label — invited around 100 people to attend the brand’s Kalin­in­grad show. A third of the show’s guests came from over­seas; the rest were Rus­sian press, buy­ers and fans. The Kalin­in­grad show is the first of a series of shows and events linked to the Rubch­in­skiy Adi­das collaboration.

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