As you know, due to the coronavirus pandemic, secular and cultural life has come to a standstill. Against the background of such a forced, but still oppressive decline, the most striking and unique cultural event of the year for the high life of the capital was the release of the annual art calendar “Russian Silhouette”.
Refined, luxurious, stylish, accessible only to a limited number of the foundation’s friends, for more than twenty years the photo calendar has become an encyclopedia of fashionable art. The brightest actresses, well-known media personalities, eminent designers and the best photographers every year demonstrate an appropriate view of fashion, beauty and creativity.
The idea of the next issue was embodied in inimitable models: Alsou, Nastasya Samburskaya, Nadezhda Mikhalkova, Elena Sever, Katerina Shpitsa, Miroslava Karpovich, Victoria Poltorak, Glafira Glazunova, Victoria Maslova, Anna Churina, Elizaveta Kononova, Inna Malikova, Ksenia Guseva. Behind the camera – the legend of fashion photography Alexander Multikov.
Alexander Mitroshenkov, founder of the Russian Silhouette charitable foundation:
– Who is the conductor of fashion trends today? Who are the main trendsetters? These are bright personalities that we see on the screen: actresses, singers, TV presenters. They are inspiration for designers and photographers. They are also a model of style for millions of viewers. No wonder there was a joke that if an actress is filmed in the calendar “Russian silhouette” – she is truly national.
Each of the calendar images tells a specific story. History of Moscow. Heroines – against the backdrop of urban landscapes, architectural masterpieces, ultra-modern buildings. The pages of the photo album are a manifesto to the beauty of the capital, which often eludes us in the daily rush.
The main goal of the project, like that of the entire charitable foundation, remains the support and promotion of young Russian designers, the desire to help them show talent and become worthy to represent Russia in the arena of world fashion.
Tatyana Mikhalkova, President of the Russian Silhouette Charitable Foundation:
– The publication “Russian Silhouette” is a bestseller in the world of the fashion industry, it is a real encyclopedia of designers, many of whom are old friends of the foundation: Valentin Yudashkin, Tatyana Parfenova, Alsu Abramova and Yana Yadgarova (Basique 7.13), Yulia Yanina (Yanina), Victoria Andreyanova, Liza Romanyuk (Vemina), Igor Gulyaev, Yana Raskovalova, Maria Didarova. There are those who themselves began their ascent into the world of fashion from our competition of young designers: Anastasia Zadorina, Oleg Ovsiev, Andrey Ponomarev. Now they, together with us, provide support to young talented artists, invite the finalists of the competition for internships, help grow a creative class that begins to dictate the rules of fashion not only in Russia, but also in Europe. And in the calendar, along with eminent couturiers, we traditionally represent a young designer: he selects an outfit for the heroine from his own collection in accordance with the concept of the project. This time it was Georgy Black. Just imagine, the Russian Silhouette competition receives over 3000 applications from all over the country, from which we select the best. I am sure that over the years we have achieved the main thing: it has become popular in Russia to wear Russian collections.
The TV presenter traditionally becomes the youngest participant in the Russian Silhouette calendar Ksenia Guseva, who began filming for the project as a very young girl.
“This time I joined the filming later than the others,” she says. – Everyone, as far as I know, was filmed back in September, and I was filmed just a month ago. But since it was “live” shooting, that is, they took place outside, it was already very cold. Of course, I was afraid of getting sick, but, thank God, this did not happen, because they kept me warm: they threw a sheepskin coat over my shoulders and protected me from the snow with an umbrella. But speaking from the point of view of shooting, it turned out great, with the weather for work was lucky: there was a blizzard, a real snowy day, and I was in such a beautiful dress, with a huge, fluffy skirt, and all together it looked just amazingly beautiful! Although getting to the point of shooting in this dress, even just going outside, was not easy. But the New Year’s mood appeared immediately: snow, frost, beautiful dress, everything is like in a fairy tale! Before that, there was never a filming on the streets, they always took place in the studio. But this time we worked very quickly, literally in a quarter of an hour, because the weather, the landscape and me – all this immediately blended into the composition of the shooting.
– Ksenia, you started acting as a very young girl, has this work somehow influenced your life, your choice of profession?
– To be honest, the main thing that I understood during this work: I am definitely not a model. It’s all incredibly interesting: going to the podium, shooting for the calendar, but my main activity was still the work of the host. Today I am on channel TV3, on Meteo-TV, I conduct a weather forecast, and I really like it. I realized that I can use my talent, voice, appearance – all together with greater benefit for myself and with great interest. I started going to the podium at the age of 16 (although I looked then at 14), and it brought me great benefit – it helped me to loosen up, to open up, pulled out femininity from me. But my appearance and worldview change with age, and today I perceive myself and the world around me more maturely, so it is ideal for me now to work as a leader.