Rus­sia’s lead­ing designer, Vika Gazin­skaya, shares her per­fect day in the city

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hen i wake, I drink cof­fee with goat’s milk, as I pre­fer a strong, rich flavour. Or I drink Ti­betan tea, which has In­dian spices like car­damom, cloves and fresh gin­ger root; it’s health­ier and bet­ter for my body but it takes a while to pre­pare, so if I’m in a rush I have cof­fee.

I like it when it’s warm in Moscow, around 25 de­grees, which isn’t of­ten. I love to walk around the cen­tre, the tiny lit­tle streets, and feel the mood of the city. Much of old Moscow dis­ap­peared dur­ing the 1990s. I was born and raised here, and when it’s warm, I love my Moscow. I’m look­ing for­ward to spring when I can walk more. I just bought an apart­ment at Chis­tiye Prudy with a very nice view.

On a per­fect sum­mer’s day I’d wear a sarong with san­dals, or in spring, prob­a­bly Prada trousers, sim­ple, like the staff in the bou­tiques wear, with min­i­mal­is­tic sneak­ers, like clas­si­cal Adi­das, Nikes and white shorts, or a cot­ton T-shirt and a non-leather Stella Mccart­ney back­pack is per­fect. I’m veg­e­tar­ian. I don’t use leather in my col­lec­tions and I don’t wear it. It’s a com­fort­able look; I can do many things. In my back­pack would be heels, for a pos­si­ble evening change, but small ones —3-4cm high, com­fort­able yet fem­i­nine and chic. Roger Vivier shoes are per­fect for me.

Lunch would be Cof­fee­ma­nia near my house, a chain with very good food and the best cap­puc­cino in the world. Then I go to my stu­dio to fit a model or meet a client.

If there’s an open­ing at Dasha Zhukova’s Garage [Cen­tre for Con­tem­po­rary Cul­ture] or an ex­hi­bi­tion, I’d go. June will see the big re­open­ing of Garage by ar­chi­tect Rem Kool­haas. For now, we’ve had a tem­po­rary space that Shigeru Ban made from pa­per. Garage has the best shows and is the coolest place to visit. I like art but have ex­pen­sive taste. I can’t buy An­ish Kapoor or Antony Gorm­ley, so I visit mu­se­ums.

There’s an in­ter­est­ing con­cept store called KM20 [Kuznet­sky Most, 20] that has nice clothes, with a cafe, and you can play ping-pong. I call it the “mu­seum of fash­ion.” It’s a beau­ti­ful place. There’s also the Aizel bou­tique, with three floors of beau­ti­ful clothes, ac­ces­sories. And then [De­nis] Si­machev Bar for lunch.

I go to Glent beauty sa­lon. It has a great at­mos­phere, with good mas­sages, fa­cials and the best peo­ple. The food is healthy and you can eat while you man­i­cure or pedi­cure.

For for­mal dining, some­thing busi­nessy, there’s Dr Zhivago, which opened just be­fore New Year. It has Soviet cui­sine. It’s very beau­ti­ful with a view of the Krem­lin. For the mo­ment it’s cool to go. An­other place, small and hard to book, is Wil­liams—an Ital­ian chef, fu­sion cui­sine, tasty. For club­bing, we’d start in the Four Sea­sons’ new Moskovsky Bar. And then Si­machev Bar, a cool spot to dance and have fun and see all the peo­ple you know. If the mu­sic is good we dance all night un­til 6am.

I al­ways ask the bar­man for a very strong cock­tail. He squeezes a fresh gin­ger root, which is re­ally, like, wow!—your eyes are drop­ping out—then fresh lemon, which I squeeze into the glass my­self and mix with the gin­ger, and then I add the vodka, half a lemon and ice. It’s strong yet also very healthy. The gin­ger ab­sorbs all the tox­ins and you never get drunk, but stay clear and healthy. They will put that drink on the Moskovsky Bar menu with the name Vika Gazin­skaya!

On a per­fect day I would also read—now it’s Her­mann Hesse’s au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, one of my favourite au­thors. To end the day, I’d watch one of my favourite Rus­sian films by Nikita Mikhalkov, A Slave of Love, a very po­etic Soviet movie from 1975 about the fi­nal days of the Rus­sian in­tel­li­gentsia. A si­lent film actress—vera Kholod­naya—falls in love with a Bol­she­vik. The film cap­tures the poignancy and depth of Rus­sian cul­ture. Vika Gazin­skaya was born and raised in Moscow


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