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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yulia Savelyeva's Naked City




Pearls are, temporarily, a girl's best friend. Moscow's jewelry-conscious gathered Thursday at Hotel Metropol for a glimpse at the treasures of cultured-pearl king Mikimoto.


The exhibit, sponsored by Moscow-based Mercury retailers, focuses on Mikimoto's exclusive replica of a classic design - the pearl choker presented by the jewelers to legendary Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe on the occasion of her 1954 honeymoon in Japan with baseball great Joe DiMaggio.


The exhibit, which also featured a collection of Monroe's original costumes from films like "Bus Stop" and "The Seven Year Itch," likewise dazzled with a wide variety of sumptuous Mikimoto designs. Women drank champagne and hinted at what nice anniversary gifts a necklace would make. The men ate caviar and calculated how much such a purchase would set them back. And Marilyns-for-hire slinked through the room, competing in vain with photos of the real deal lining the walls. Even in black and white, Monroe's sex-symbol glory is beyond compare.


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Meanwhile, the latest trend in city clubs seems to be being stormed by the police. Moscow-wide security crackdowns have extended to night spots like the fashionable Club XIII, where two Fridays ago a bohemian crowd in full swing was interrupted by masked anti-organized crime unit officers, who laid Gucci-clad revelers face-to-face with the dance floor and performed an impromptu document check. The tax police joined in, checking out the bar's cash supplies.


The club, hoping to avoid a repeat performance, kept its doors shut the following night - as did Gallery and the Jazz Cafe. Even A-Club, which marked its second anniversary that weekend with a three-night f?te featuring top-name DJs, was surprisingly empty of its usual teenage-progressive crowd. In the end, only Propaganda with its democratic style and feel-good public managed a full house. Are nightcrawlers about to become extinct?


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The Moscow fashion world is abuzz over fresh young designer Vladimir Mandrikov, whose spring-summer 2000 collection found an appreciative audience in no less a fashion Olympus than New York City.


Many of Gotham's biggest buyers attended the show this July, applauding politely and then - paying the only compliment that really matters - putting their money where their mouth was. High-end specialty stores Jimmy's and Hirshleifer's both ordered 2,000 Mandrikov models apiece for their boutiques; high high-end department store Bergdorf Goodman is rumored to be following suit. Moscow, meanwhile, is clamoring for a chance to finally see Mandrikov's collection. His capital-city show is tentatively scheduled for early October.