Dear Shaded Viewers,
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