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Kalmanovich is a ready-to-wear label based out of Moscow and New York. With the aim of draping luxurious fabrics on the modern silhouette, the brand creates forward designs defined by romantic statement pieces – ruffling soft tulle around impeccably tailored gowns or draping fabric beneath a cinched waist. From its use of embroidered wool to playfully layered silk, the foundation of the brand is its bold identity, coupled with a fascination of the whimsical.
Julia Kalmanovich grew up in Moscow and considers her mother’s classical style her earliest inspiration. From Russian ballet to traditional theatre, her love of the dramatic was indulged by her parents. Upon graduating with a Master’s degree in finance, Julia returned to her first love, learning elaborate dress-making disciplines from renowned costume designer Slava Zaitsev, known as the Patriarch of Russian fashion. Strongly influenced by Zaitsev’s encouragement to stay true to her roots, Julia points to Russian street style as a great source of inspiration for her collections.
Having opened her own couture studio, she launched her first collection at Ural Fashion Week in 2006, as part of a young designer collective. The growing recognition of Moscow as a fashion capital led to the evolvement of Russian Fashion Week, hosted by Mercedez-Benz. The first Kalmanovich solo collection was launched in 2009 and the brand has since functioned as an independent fashion house