salute from the cable-stayed bridge, hovering above the water Assol and space suits

The brightest evening of the country’s graduates ended, which the guys were looking forward to this year. So, as always, the Scarlet Sails Festival 2020 became a beautiful chord of the All-Russian holiday. This year it was both traditional and completely unusual at the same time. We tell you what the Scarlet Sails 2020 surprised.

The main innovation of this year is the change of locationPhoto: Oleg GOLD

Well, firstly, the main innovation is the change of location. For several years in a row, a snow-white brig passes through the water area Not you along the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Hermitage and right under the Palace Bridge. This year, another, no less picturesque place was chosen, with very recognizable sights. Petersburg – stadium “Gazprom-Arena “, Lakhta-center and cable-stayed bridge ZSD.


Access to all locations was closed due to the difficult epidemic situation both in the city and throughout the country. Photo: Artem KILKIN

Access to all locations was closed due to the difficult epidemic situation both in the city and throughout the country.Photo: Artem KILKIN

The second innovation: live Petersburgers and visitors could not see all this beauty. And all because this year there are special requirements: because of the pandemic, access to the park is closed, it was also impossible to see from the water, since part of the Neva and the Gulf of Finland were blocked. GIMS boats and various services went around the water area and made sure that no one violated the ban. Law enforcement officers were also on duty on land: if they met people in a territory where there should not be anyone, they politely asked to leave the place and go home.


Everyone was politely asked to leave the coast Photo: Artyom KILKIN

Everyone was politely asked to leave the coast.Photo: Artem KILKIN

And at home, by the way, everyone would have considered it in the best possible way: there was a live broadcast of a concert and a pyrotechnic show on the Internet and on TV. By the way, on the screen you can see what on the shore would definitely not be accessible to the eye. And all because along the Neva and the Gulf of Finland there were several scenes at once and on each of them there was an action.

The main stage was next to the Gazprom Arena stadium, it was also very unusual – as if soaring in the air, and with it the stars acting on it. Leading the holiday were Ivan Urgant and Daria Александрова.


The hosts of the holiday were Ivan Urgant and Daria Alexandrova Photo: Oleg GOLD

Leading the holiday were Ivan Urgant and Daria AlexandrovaPhoto: Oleg GOLD

Timur Rodriguez, Vera performed their hits Brezhnev, RASA group, Dima Bilan and Surganova. And there were surprises in the form of a show of pirates and drummers, yes, it is worth noting separately what costumes the artists had – just space ones. Be sure to watch Bilan’s performance if you missed. And also a salute, well, the passage itself of a sailboat!


The cable-stayed bridge of the WHSD was both a platform for light and a launch site for fireworks. Photo: Oleg ZOLOTO

The cable-stayed bridge of the WHSD was both a platform for light and a launch site for fireworksPhoto: Oleg GOLD

By the way, the pyrotechnic show lasted almost half an hour, hundreds of volleys were launched into the sky, the first cable-stayed bridge of the WHSD was used. It was both a platform for light, and for launching a salute.


But the highlight, of course, was the passage of a snow-white brig with Scarlet Sails along the Gulf of Finland Photo: Oleg ZOLOTO

But the highlight, of course, was the passage of a snow-white brig with Scarlet Sails along the Gulf of FinlandPhoto: Oleg GOLD

And at the end of the extravaganza, the romantic Assol soared above the water to meet her dream. By the way, this year the holiday was dedicated to the author of the fairy tale about Scarlet Sails Alexander Green – marks 140 years since his birthday.

If you missed the broadcast live, there is an opportunity to watch the best moments of the show.

Graduation Scarlet Sails in St. Petersburg ended with a grandiose salute.Alena CHICHIGINA

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Fashion week: fashion with raised fists

Marine Serre, neither was anyone else able to predict the coronavirus and its consequences. His fashion, however, looks forecasters, with asperities protective masks integrated in some cases into a hood. The French woman’s work has been focused from the start (she launched her brand in 2017) on the ecological disaster that promises to be apocalyptic here.

Marine Serre fashion show. Photo Lucile Boiron for Liberation

Presented at the Centquatre, in the north of Paris, its parade resonates strangely with the current health crisis. Once again, Marine Serre favors the use of recycled fabrics (winter sports sweaters, faux fur inserts, striped blankets of South American inspiration), coming, for some silhouettes, from the furnishings and carpet in particular.

Its favorite print – the crescent moon – is mixed with black Lycra on a bias cut gipsy dress (one of the leitmotifs of the collection). The numerous dresses are a mixture of puffed sleeves, frills, neon colors. Another motif appears several times: the salamander (whose largest specimen of the recently discovered species is already on the verge of extinction). It is used to cover the skin as a whole. Because Marine Serre does not strip anyone this season. His models (of all kinds, accompanied by children to conclude) seem to venture without fear into obscure territories and troubled times.


Marine Serre fashion show. Photo Lucile Boiron for Liberation

Maria Grazia Chiuri always wants to be more literal to present her ideas. For Dior (LVMH), for which she designs women’s ready-to-wear, she this time took the duo of visual artists Claire Fontaine, with whom she says she shares “A passion for the history of feminism and the need to put key moments in the emancipation of women first.” Their collaboration appears in pro-women slogans that flash like old advertisements above the room where the models parade: “Consent”, “Feminity beauty is a ready-made”, “We are all clitoridian women”, “Patriarchy = Repression”, “Patriarchy = CO2“. Newspaper pages the world completely cover the ground (Claire Fontaine did the same with Release last year).

In Paris, February 25, 2020, Firstlook Dior at the Jardin des TuileriesDior fashion show. Photo Lucile Boiron for Liberation

The collection begins in sobriety on a feminine-masculine note (a black suit with a crossed jacket very slightly marked at the waist and worn with a tie), sobriety which it will keep until the final greeting. The whole indeed navigates between several axes – but the same relaxed elegance – and periods (Maria Grazia Chiuri explores like so many other archives of the house) without ever going beyond the framework, extravagance is not invited here.

We liked different silhouettes: a black woolen jumpsuit, a leather dress with a high waist and beautifully sewn pockets on the chest, a long flowing dress covered with polka dots, the looks of a schoolgirl wearing the pleated skirt and the tie. We also saw dresses with thin fringes (not what we prefer), many – too many – scarves on the head in a pirate style, and boots with a rubbery appearance that go, it is proven, with everything.

Dior fashion show. Photo Lucile Boiron for Liberation


Marie Ottavi

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