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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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OM magazine, the Russian equivalent of Details magazine, celebrated the publication of the first issue of its new format - which is totally dedicated to fashion - Tuesday with a party organized by Face Fashion Mark. The party was entitled The Ball of Taste and Color; but it also went by another name: The Ball of Bad Taste.


The Ball of Bad Taste was held at the trendy Virus Club and was actually quite appropriately named. The party's dress code called for guests to don their most vulgar red or green clothes in spot, stripe or plaid patterns. Unfortunately, the Bohemian Muscovite crowd ignored the dress code and arrived in their usual ultra-stylish uniform. There was hardly a polyester plaid pants suit in the house!


Even Anzor Kankulov, editor of OM magazine, ignored the party's bad taste theme. He defended his choice of a Mandarina Duck jacket, Ferre pants and Debut shoes, insisting that his style was nevertheless tasteless in the opinions of certain people - namely, his mother, who apparently doesn't appreciate his taste in clothes.


Tatyana Baidakova, OM fashion editor, looked wonderful in a second-hand black dress with a strawberry pattern. She also wore a stylish skull cap. She held a Joda puppet all night long.


Singer Lika, famous not only for her popular albums and videos, but also because she was the first pop star to be photographed for Playboy magazine, said that she had not been notified about the dress code. If she had, she said, she would have readily traded her Versace jacket and Gucci bag for her son's Batman Halloween costume.


The Renoir boutique then showcased the new collections of Salvatore Ferragamo, Celine, Sonia Rykeil and Moschino. The latter was totally in keeping with the party's theme, of course, because of Moschino's tongue-in-cheek approach to fashion.


Mikhail Shilov, editor in chief of NRG magazine, chose to wear a Moschino jacket with a Japanese cartoon printed on its back.


The height of bad taste was the "Pyshka" performance, which featured four overweight women dressed as parrots and three transvestites in shiny dresses and boas.


The party's high point occurred when the winner of the Ball Queen contest was chosen. The crowd went crazy, ignoring the host's pleas for quiet.


Ognyonnaya Lady, or the Fire Lady, Moscow's most famous transvestite, appeared in pants under a denim dress with a fur apron. She held Russky Standart vodka bottles and glasses and poured drinks for those nearby.


Finally, the winner was announced. Sasha Stein, Moscow's best-known party-goer, entered Stage Left and was presented with the Ball Queen wreath.