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New Doc Follows Russian Models From Gosha's Kaliningrad Show


How one designer brought together a group of young men who're geographically separated.

For Gosha Rubchinskiy's homecoming fall '17 show in Kaliningrad, the designer explored what it looks like to be young in Russia today. The January production was staged inside the Kaliningrad Centre of Youth Culture, featuring a soundtrack of models narrating their hopes and dreams to paint an aspirational picture of contemporary youth.

Rubchinskiy's models, the majority of whom are friends, were cast off Instagram from an open call and represented a cross-section of the country, as they stepped out one-by-one in the designer's elevated streetwear--some pieces made in collaboration with Adidas.

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"It's a portrait of Russia now," Rubchinskiy told Vogue, speakingto his presentation. "It's a real way to show the country to an international audience. Some boys say, 'I don't know what to do in my life; I am just chilling and I have fun and I have skateboard.' Others say, 'I want to be an army service agent.' Another says he wants to write a book."

Now assembled in a documentary, the INRUSSIA-produced film follows three of Rubchinskiy's models preparing for the show and living their lives in cities like Divnogorsk and Krasnodar. Throughout the doc, the boys reflect on the cultural histories of their hometowns, as backstage footage from Rubchinskiy's show splices in. The Russian film, which includes subtitles, offers a focused look at how one designer brought together a group of young men who're geographically separated.

Watch Apart, below.

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