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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yulia Savelyeva's Naked City

The good weather is on its way, and with it a summery sensation that brings a new pace to life in the city. Muscovites are not only shedding their winter clothes, but also stepping out to see and be seen at open-air restaurants and cafes, to laze on the grass in city parks orto cruise along the Moscow River on one of many passenger ships.

The flavor of Moscow entertainment is also taking a summery turn as parties step out from the city's exclusive clubs and restaurants into the open air.

Tsaritsyno, a beautiful, grassy estate on the edge of the city, was recently the setting for a party by the Cofidec company launching Lolita Lempicka perfumes. Commissioned by Catherine the Great, Tsaritsyno was built between 1775 and 1785 by architect Vasily Bazhenov. However, the empress' tastes changed halfway through the project, so construction was stopped before the estate was complete. The residence was all but forgotten until 25 years ago, when reconstruction began again. But since Tsaritsyno missed out on the lavish parties of a more luxurious epoch, Cofidec decided to organize their event here to make up for lost opportunity.

Guests arrived to the refined sounds of the music of Handel, which was performed by an orchestra right on the steps of the Opera House pavilion. For further entertainment the company invited a pair of professional ballroom dancers, and topped the evening off with an impressive display of fireworks.

Closer to the Kremlin and to contemporary Russia, Donna Karan decided to present its new spring-summer 2000 collection on the Andreyevsky Bridge - the new construction that crosses the Moscow River, connecting the Frunzenskaya embankment to Gorky Park.

Apparently, the setting for the party was a real draw, because many of the guests said they had accepted the invitation so as to be among the first to visit this new concrete and glass construction. This is not to say that they did not check out Donna Karan's stylish minimalism, but they seemed to get more pleasure concentrating on one of the city's most beautiful views while sipping champagne under the glass dome. Perhaps these two styles of entertaining will inspire us all to get out and enjoy the new season. Both Tsaritsyno and the Andreyevsky Bridge are, in fact, open to the public. Perhaps we cannot catch fashion shows and fire works every day, but we can certainly launch our own outdoor festivities with a bottle of champagne.