image-05-11-13-01-51-7Vika Gazinskaya and Gosha Rubchinskiy

After my recent trip to Berlin, I find the city’s spirit most attractive. Its atmosphere is quite relaxed— there’s no tension or anything weighing upon you with the feeling that you have to be successful and nothing else in this life. The clubs have the greatest music, and all is inexpensive: hotels, food, taxis. Really, unbelievable! Plus, in this city, people remember World War II, and the young people are well educated in this aspect of history. Here and there you can still hear a bit of communist echoes—in the architecture of some of the squares and monuments, and in industrial, but interesting, architecture—but only with the correct proportion of nostalgia and tough but strong energy, which does not want to return us to the past.

If you are traveling to Berlin, there is no sense in bringing your high heels and the most fashionable new clothes. They have no place to promenade. And this is one of the most remarkable aspects of this city: It is alive, fresh, young, architecturally interesting, but not anxious for fashion.

But still, be prepared for interesting shopping. Last Friday, the Comme des Garçons store (which is in Mitte) opened a pop-up corner with the Moscow-based fashion designer and photographer Gosha Rubchinskiy (pictured). His aesthetics, in my opinion, fit perfectly with the Berlin vibe. Gosha and his vision of youth on the verge of maturity, expressively low-key and honest, is exactly in tune with Berlin.

I was happy to be back in my lovely city of Moscow and see the Russian aesthetic with a bit of Soviet memory after meeting the new generation of the German capital!


Photos: Courtesy of Vika Gazinskaya


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Vika Gazinskaya

Moscow-born designer Vika Gazinskaya cut her teeth as an editor at a variety of titles, including L'Officiel Russia. In 2007 she debuted her eponymous ready-to-wear label, known for its idiosyncratic ...