It’s a truth universally acknowledged that there has been a real shift on the fashion scene; with designers departing established houses and emerging markets having more influence. Moreover, its female designers who are often creating the headlines for the strength of their vision and designs. We celebrate in this issue Donatella Versace who has really hit her stride in recent collections, Sophie Mechaly who heads Paul & Joe and Bouchra Jarrar at Lanvin; quietly competent with incredible talent. Closer to home we endorse the work of architect and art expert Cherine Magrabi who has designed a new concept for the Magrabi eyewear chain and along the way has founded the House of Hot - a non-profit platform for young product designers. Our cover story meanwhile celebrates the Russian fashion scene and its most prominent designers. As for new season’s offerings - flirtatious looks and elegant ensembles herald spring. Feel the love!