FASHION TOOK TO ELLIS STREET IN NOVEMBER FOR THE CITY’S ONLY RUNWAY SHOW since March, organized by John Konstin of John’s Grill and fashionistas Farah Makras and Sonya Molodetskaya. It was a hot ticke–the $75-per-person luncheon benefit sold out in six (!) hours and raised $20,000 from 157 mask-wearing guests for the National First Responders Fund, co-founded by Joe Alioto Veronese in San Francisco in 2017. Did designs by local Russian designers Vasily Vein and Molodetskaya, Altana Danzhalova, Zaal Dormishian and Lilit Safaryan wow the crowd? Judging by the oohs and ahhs, absolyutno. That’s Russian for absolutely.

A green gown by Vasily Vein and Sonya Molodetskaya for their Major Obsessions label

A white and green outfit for girls by Vasily Vein and Sonya Molodetskaya for their Major Obsessions label

Event organizers Farah Makras and Sonya Molodetskaya

A short pink gown by Vasily Vein and Sonya Molodetskaya for their Major Obsessions label

From left to right: Debra Caywood-Rukas, Brenda Wright, Denise Bradley Tyson, Yvette Hollingsworth Clark, Kimberly Brandon

Tyler Makras, who modeled looks by Zaal Dormishian in the show, and his father, Victor Makras

Jarrod Baumann and Christopher Lawrie

Yulia Bantyukhova and fashion designer Vasily Vein

Designer Altana Danzhalova

An electric blue look

Joel Goodrich and Carolyn Tyler

At center, bridal designer Lilit Safaryan flanked by her models

Sobia Shaikh, Lisa Zabelle

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