Nikolay Biryukov

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Nikolay Biryukov is a Russian born photographer who is currently based in London.

He has worked with different magazines like Elle, Wonderland, Interview, SNC, L’Officiel and many others. I actually discovered him while reading SNC.

His style is very recognizable – clean and crisp.

All the details in his pictures are sharp and in focus. The way Nikolay tells a fashion story is quite unique and therefore it is easy to remember him and identify his images.

For more info check out his website.

Here are some of the pictures by Nikolay Biryukov that I am currently obsessed with.

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P.S. None of the pictures/photos are mine unless stated 

Anastassia

xoxo

Alexey Kallima


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It’s February and as promised I’m back with more creative people.

Alexey Kallima is a Moscow based artist who was born in Chechnya.

His work touches upon different topics like consumerism, immigrants and the perception of the Chechen Republic. He focuses on topics that are currently relevant in Russian culture.

Chechnya is perhaps the topic closest to Alexey Kallimas heart, since he is originally from there. He shines a new light on Chechens and our perception of them. He doesn’t focus that much on the negative and shows them in a more human way than most people are used to seeing the Chechen nation (because of the media coverage in the 00’s).

In his work he uses different techniques from painting to digitally manipulating images. Alexey portrays the world that surrounds him. His paintings are quite simple but therefore very realistic. With his work he manages to show a story in a way that the majority of audience will be able to interpret the meaning behind it, which in my opinion defines him as a great artist.

 

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P.S. None of the pictures/photos are mine unless stated 

Anastassia

xoxo

Walk of Shame

 

Walk of Shame is the cool and edgy brand that Russian fashion scene so desperately needed. Founded in 2010 by Andrey Artyomov, who previously worked as a fashion editor at Russian L’Officiel, Russian Tatler and then briefly at Russian Dazed and Confused(before it was closed down). Walk of Shame has quickly become the go to brand of Moscow skateboarders and it girls like Miroslava Duma, Elena Perminova and Ksenia Sobchak.

Walk of Shame clothes are meant for the girls who love a good night out, who probably will be dancing on a bar table at 3am and who most likely will me doing the “walk of shame” the next morning but no matter what, they will look great.

The brand creates edgy but easy to wear clothes that can be worn on different occasions, but perhaps the main idea of their collections is that don’t take yourself too seriously, just have fun.

Their almost see through dresses are something that probably every girl needs to stand out at a party but still feel comfortable.

This fashion brand has no website but they are active on social media, which explains their popularity in this digital age.  Because of their social media, they are now available at Opening Ceremony, which is a massive recognition for a Russian label, well any label for that matter.

For more check Walk of Shame Facebook and Instagram

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P.S. None of the pictures/photos/videos are mine unless stated 

Anastassia

xoxo

Slava Filippov

Slava Filippov is a talented Russian photographer who not only works in fashion and beauty, but does commercial work and still manages to find time for his own projects.

His portraits deserve a special attention. He manages to keep them very clear and sharp and the way he uses light to manipulate the depth of his photos is truly impeccable.

He doesn’t use a lot of props for his work which makes his photos look perhaps a bit minimalistic compared to some photographers, but never the less he is very talented and we will definitely see more of his photography.

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Check out more of his work here

P.S. None of the pictures/photos are mine unless stated 

Anastassia

xoxo

Mana Island

As someone who is not from Russia and who is not living there I find it a bit difficult to discover new Russian bands but when I do, their usually amazing.

So let me introduce you to Mana Island.  Their music is catchy and mood lifting. These young guys are from Moscow and they know how to turn a frown upside down. Mana Island will give any British indie pop band a run for their money.

So enough of me praising them, check them out for yourself and decide.

 

If you want more listen to them here vkontakte

 

P.S. None of the videos are mine unless stated 

Anastassia

xoxo

Axenoff Jewellery

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Do you believe in fairy tales?

You should. The world is filled with magical creatures and all of them deserve to wear exquisite jewellery.

Axenoff Jewellery is an amazing Russian jewellery house that creates breathtaking pieces, that are fit for a Queen. However, it doesn’t mean that you have to have royal blood running through your veins to wear accessories designed by the talented Peter Axenoff.

The jewellery house creates different accessories like earrings, rings, cufflings and perhaps most shockingly diadems. Since every girl is a princess – all of us ladies deserve at least one diadem in our jewellery box (not sure where are they meant to be kept, since I don’t have one….yet).

All of the pieces in Axenoff Jewellery collections are inspired by Russian history. You are probably thinking of the Soviet Union and the war but the designer looks deeper. The inspiration comes from the beautiful times of czars and emperors that ruled the country until 1917. In a way it was a magical time with beautiful music, romantic literature, astonishing architecture and majestic balls. That atmosphere is perfectly captured by Axenoff Jewellery accessories.

It is easy to get lost in our every day routine but everyone needs a bit of magic.

To see more of elegant Axenoff Jewellery, that is meant for women and men, visit their website.

 

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P.S. None of the pictures/photos are mine unless stated 

Anastassia

xoxo