The Outsider of Russian Fashion

Arthur Lomakin is the mastermind behind the label “Forget Me Not.” The label is a contradiction to the majority of today’s Russian brands. There’s no pretentiousness, vulgar mini-skirts and skimpy tops. Instead, Lomakin’s designs are neatly cut and geometrical. He uses subtle textures and fabrics.

At the beginning, Arthur Lomakin did not design clothes, he reshaped and reworked old clothing, adding hist own touch and details. For example, he added cotton sewn leather belts and aprons to a jacket. He mixed woolen pieces with nylon and knits. In his hands, vintage clothing looked modern–shabby chic. His craftsmanship attracted the attention of everyone, except Russians! “Forget Me Not” is better known in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Australia.

Six months after the start of his career, Arthur began to create his own pieces. His latest collection includes coats, gowns with a decidedly 19th-century Russian flavor, tops with strings of camel leather, and sweaters made of mohair and suede. It’s a combination of vintage and modern.

Learn more about Arthur Lomakin and see his current collection on his site.

Photographs by Dima Shabalin.

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