During Moscow's seventh High Fashion Week, Victoria Andreyanova lived up to her name by walking off with the main prize the Golden Mannequin for the best Russian fashion designer.
"My mother says I owe all my victories to my name," Victoria said. "I've won a lot of prizes in my life, which is wonderful. But none of the prizes has meant that I could relax and not work so hard. Consequently, I'm hoping the Golden Mannequin will mean I'll have to work even harder."
Andreyanova presented her collection with the intriguing name: "Beware! Woman!" She explained it was not a warning, but rather a tactful reminder that women are fragile beings that need to be handled with care.
Other highlights included the collections of European fashion houses Krizia and Genny from Italy, Britain's Voyage, France's Jean-Louis Scherrer and Jean Charles de Castebaljac and Lithuanian fur designer Nijole.
Krizia and Genny opened their respective boutiques on Ulitsa Tverskaya during the course of the week, and Nijole made a guest appearance at her collection's presentation.
"I understand the mentality of Russian women perfectly well," Nijole said. "I admire them and I respect them. Russians have worn furs since time immemorial, which is why Russian women understand the beauty of furs."
Valentin Yudashkin, as usual, presented the final show of the week.
Explaining why he had called his new collection "Byzantium," he said: "Byzantine culture in a surprising way combines the magnificence of court ceremonies and church services with the subtlety of spiritual mysteries." Perhaps that is why the predominant color of the collection was black. But his inclusion of cowls, covering half the face, would have had more in common with medieval Europe.