BuzzFeed News

Reporting To You

world

This Russian Fashion Designer Just Showcased An Insane Collection

♫ Why don't you go where fashion sits... Putin on the Ritz ♫

Posted on April 11, 2015, at 12:14 p.m. ET

This is Russian designer Leonid Alexeev, whose latest showcase at Moscow Fashion Week is raising eyebrows. Well, outside the Kremlin at least.

Alexeev collaborated with Russia's Defense Ministry for a militant-themed collection that was inspired by the invasion and annexation of Crimea by Russian forces, according to the Guardian.

Vasily Maximov / AFP / Getty Images

The collection featured lots of male models wearing balaclavas -- an allusion to the outfits worn by plain-clothed Russian army fighters who invaded the Ukrainian territory without acknowledging they had been sent by Moscow.

Vasily Maximov / AFP / Getty Images

"I do not sew army uniforms, but I can help make the army attractive to people. This is my personal form of patriotism," Alexeev told Russia's Time Out.

Vasily Maximov / AFP / Getty Images
ADVERTISEMENT

"The military has a very strong sense of duty and responsibility," he said. "These are people of honor. It is a very strong, masculine energy."

Vasily Maximov / AFP / Getty Images

The Washington Post labelled the collection "absurd."

"This is a gratuitous political referencing for commercial purposes," New York fashion expert Hazel Clark told the Post.

Thousands of people have been killed in fighting in eastern Ukraine, as Russian-backed rebels motivated by Moscow's annexation of Crimea seek to separate from Kiev.

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT