EXPATS debuts S/S 2020 collection founded by Stephan Rabimov during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia photos by Ik Aldama

Dear Shaded Viewers,

EXPATS, a newly established fashion collective of Russian and American fashion designers founded by Stephan Rabimov, award-winning fashion editor and publisher, has premiered its S/S 2020 debut collection of 25 distinct looks on October 18th, 2019 during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia, the largest fashion week in Eastern Europe.

Each half of the collection this season was designed and produced in the USA and Russia respectively. EXPATS is synonymous with the notion of fashion diplomacy: Respecting craftsmanship traditions as well as cultural legacies of each country, EXPATS seeks to create one-of-kind garments that inform and inspire a deeper creative connection between the two nations.

EXPATS collection was inspired by three centuries of Russian history:

-The Polenitsa – mythical Russian women-warriors,-The House of Romanovs, with its dramatic story, and 

-The October Revolution;

Hundreds of years apart, these historic moments all share one symbolic color – Russian Red – which is the main leitmotif of EXPATS debut collection. 

Founded by Stephan Rabimov – an award-winning US fashion publisher and editor – EXPATS collective also includes: 

San Francisco (USA) based fashion designer Vasily Vein – famous for his striking red-carpet looks adored by many American socialites; and

Vyborg (Russia) based Liliana Bahor and Ella Shadrunova – together they run a successful made-to-measure fashion salon that has outfitted, among the many, the Russian Army, leading politicians, and celebrities.

Entire EXPATS collection is available for sale online at http://expats.design 







Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.