Russian Dressing

Fashion Czarinas Unite!

Just as the Russian Revolution forced Madame Ranevskaya into tatters, the recession has forced rich Russians at this week’s Moscow Fashion Week to wear—gasp!—last year’s styles. The capital of ostrich skin and oligarchs has seen better days—the ruble is down 30 percent to the dollar, sushi sales are in the gutter, and brand new high-end boutiques in Moscow have already closed their doors. But according to the Russian Recessionistas, the economy won’t affect the nation’s fundamental style. “It's in the Russian character to be flashy,” one insider told Time. "That will never change."