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Back in the heady days of pre-recession New York, Kira Plastinina was a teenage Russian orange juice heiress with a chain of Pepto pink clothing stores. Then the economy disintegrated, and Plastinina shuttered all of her local boutiques, retreating to the steppes to focus on pushing her brand across Eastern Europe and Asia. But while you can take the girl out of the New York fashion world, it's a lot harder to take the fashion world out of the girl, and now Plastinina is back, all of 18 years old and apparently much wiser. According to All Media NY, her new collection,LUBLU (it means "I love" in Russian), looks nothing like the pink tween-wear of yesteryear:
Ruffles and frills have been replaced by clean lines, and she has switched to using classic colors instead of pink and green. The collection she showed at Moscow Fashion Week late last year was dark, edgy, and sophisticated.And in a coup that we won't even pretend to understand, Plastinina has managed to wangle herself a show at Lincoln Center on Thursday, February, 17, the final day of Fashion Week. Her plan is to wholesale the collection to boutiques around the world—buyers, are you listening?
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· New York Fashion Week: The Return of Plastinina [All Media NY]