Members of the International Women’s Club Meet with Designer Igor Chapurin

Continuing the lovely tradition of introducing representatives of the foreign diplomatic community to the finest Russian brands in a range of different sectors, GlavUpDk at the MFA, Fashion House Chapurin and the National Tourist Union, together with the International Women’s Club recently organised a meeting between wives of the heads of diplomatic representations who are also members of the Club with the well-known Russian designer Igor Chapurin. The event took place shortly before March 8, International Women’s Day.

Meri Toganyan, President of the International Women’s Club and the wife of the Armenian Ambassador to Russia, made a speech of welcome to the guests, in which she spoke about the way women from different countries are working together to promote beauty and harmony.

Larisa Boldyreva, Director of GlavUpDk’s Protocol Department, passed on warm congratulations on the Spring Festival from Sergey Makarov, the Head of GlavUpDk.

The wives of the ambassadors of Argentina, Armenia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Paraguay, the Philippines, Poland, Slovenia, and Uzbekistan met together in the Fashion House’s flagship boutique on Savvinskaya Embankment to admire Igor Chapurin’s Haute Couture and Prêt-à-Porter Spring and Summer 2020 Collection with their own eyes and hear the designer speak about his life, the history of Fashion House Chapurin, the successful presentations of his collections in Paris and New York and the way his designs are inspired by traditional Russian folk art and classic Russian literature. At the end of his fascinating talk, Igor Chapurin showed his guests fine clothes made from unique textiles, and hand-embroidered luxury dresses and boiler suits, all of which were universally admired by the ladies.

Participants in the Gastronomic Map of Russia, a national project, were also present, to help put guests in the mood for the approaching Spring Festival. The coordinator of that project, Ekaterina Shapovalova, organised a tasting session together with a team of Russian winemakers and food producers from Moscow Region, in which guests could sample more than 30 named regional designated-origin foods and wines. 

“All over the world, demand for natural foods is growing rapidly. When it comes to choosing foods for themselves and their families, it is generally women who make the decisions. The Gastronomic Map of Russia tasting sessions are also educational - they help people to discover unique foods and delicacies from Russian regions, including specialties in the healthy food category, made using natural ingredients. We take great pleasure in the enthusiastic responses we have had today from our guests from many countries around the world,” said Ekaterina Shapovalova at the end of the event.

The evening also included a presentation of foods from M2 Farm ((Ferma M2) Shulgino, Volokolamsk District), Russia’s first diversified organic farm. The farm’s land and produce have been certified as organic by the German accreditation body KIWA. Alexey Zharikov, chef at the farm’s latest project, M2 Organic Club restaurant, led a tasting session of some of the farm’s produce: cheeses made of sheep’s, goat’s and cow’s milk, natural sausages and other meat delicacies, and toasts with cream cheese and honey caviar. Fruit Mustards, a producer from Moscow Region (village of Kalinovka, Leninsky District), organised session in which guests tasted fruit and berry mustard sauces made using mustard seeds from Volgograd Region, with natural berries from the North and fruits from the South of Russia: cranberries and berries, pear mustard with pieces of fruit, whortleberries with berries, and cherry, apricot and fig mustards. These traditional specialties were accompanied with some of the finest examples of Russian wines.

The evening ended on a tasty and aromatic note - with bitter chocolate from the Confael Chocolate Factory.