For decades — centuries, even — fashion designers have created clothing in reaction to the political climate. And this season is no exception.
For Moscow, which was recently the site of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia, the journey toward becoming the next "fashion capital" has been more than 10 years in the making.
South Sudanese model Thon Peter Athian was one of the few black models on the runway during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia. He shares what it's like to work as a model of color in the Russian fashion industry.
One of the biggest breakout designers during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia was not Russian but rather South African. His name is Rich Mnisi, and he is one of four designers who participated in MBFW Russia's special "Africa Explosion" showcase.
Oksana (aka Oxana) Fedorova has come a long way since she was abruptly decrowned in 2002. She now has her own fashion line, which just debuted its latest fall collection during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia.