Secret Cities: Moscow

Anna Dyulgerova’s Modern Vision of the Russian Megacity

Anna Dyulgerova is new wave Moscow: a stylish, savvy entrepreneur and socialite whose ceaseless activities across local art, fashion and media are testimony to her city’s status as an on-the-up cultural capital. A former Executive Fashion Editor at Russian Vogue and managing director for Moscow-based designer Denis Simachev, her recent projects have included supporting native designers through her organization Cycles and Seasons, working with upcoming menswear talent Gosha Rubchinsky and mounting art events with Baibakov Art Projects, currently showing Perpetual Battles in its new space on the Paveletskaya Naberezhnaya. As one of her city’s most intrepid in-the-know ambassadors, NOWNESS asked Dyulgerova to divulge what she sees as Moscow heights.

Tsentralny Restaurant

Located in one of the ‘Seven Sisters’ Stalin-era skyscrapers, where Dyulgerova herself lives, this upscale canteen serves traditional Russian food in an opulent setting. “The interior is so overwhelming, it is so luxurious. Gold marble columns and beautiful chandeliers—the contrast is amazing.  It is very special to feel heritage from the Soviet times.”

Poklonnaya Gora Memorial 

Commemorating victims of World War II, the site is located off a highway that leads to Barvikha (aka the Russian Hamptons, locale of choice for oligarchs). Walkways flank huge fountains, a splendor that seems to have drawn the kids, who use the memorial as their personal skate park.

Beryozka 

This accessories boutique is set in the iconic Patriarshiye Ponds, the location of The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. Owner Nastya Ryabtsova curates high-end brands such as Alaïa, Margiela and Givenchy. “She has the best selection. She’s very stylish, and buys and does everything herself.”

Strelka Institute for Media, Art and Design 

This former chocolate factory across the river from the Kremlin has just launched its educational program in collaboration with AMO and Rem Koolhaas. A bar with an open terrace overlooking the Moscow River is appointed with original art deco and mid- century-modern furniture.

Cosmonaut Museum

The recently renovated museum, where exhibits include a life-size model of the space station Mir, is situated at the base of an enormous monument with a rocket soaring into space at the pinnacle. “I remember going there during my childhood. We were the first country in space, so for Russians there are many things inspired by the cosmos and the possibility of going there.” 

Solyanka Club 

 “The one and only night-spot.” Housed on the ground floor of a 19th-century mansion, the club hosts DJs and bands both international (The Virgins recently played for POP Editor in Chief Dasha Zukhova) and local (Cops on Fire, an ironic funk act). The cocktails win praise, Dyulgerova’s favorite being the ‘Old Boy’—a mix of vodka (of course!) with crushed strawberries, fresh grapefruit juice and Thai peppers. The space also contains a mini store stocking clothes from Russian streetwear designers and magazines such as 032c and AnOther.


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