Gosha Rubchinskiy is one of the most important designers out there right now. His post-Soviet interpretation of fashion has been hugely influential and far reaching, and can already be observed in fashion houses and regular streetwear across the globe. Many causes of the glorious return of the tracksuit can be attributed to this man, so of course we at Bitchslap find it imperative to follow the twists and turns of his colorful career closely.
Though he has a multitude of experience behind the lens, The Day Of My Death is Rubchinskiy’s first foray into actual filmmaking. Directed by the acclaimed Russian screenwriter and actress Renata Litvinova, it’s a 17-minute-long black and white silent film with an eerie orchestral soundtrack by Igor Vdovin. The cast includes Litvinova herself, her daughter Uliana Dobrovskaya, stylist Lotta Volkova, models Lousion and Titouan Savignoni, as well as Rubchinskiy in the role of a Russian soldier. The film was inspired by and dedicated to Pier Paolo Pasolini, the director of controversial Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, an excellent source of stimulation for any venture. Vogue says The Day Of My Death is “brimming with erotic tension”, but like, whatever, Vogue. It’s actually thick with a kind of off-kilter, disturbing erotic tension which is intriguing but also somewhat disheartening. However, if this is exactly the sort of chord Rubchinskiy hoped to strike with The Day Of My Death–not an unlikely probability–then he achieved with aplomb. Overall, it’s a stunner:
“I don’t want to answer”, Rubchinskiy taciturnly stated to reporters at the grand release of his latest collection and photobook, which accompany and share their namesakes with The Day Of My Death. “I only pose a question. I ask, what is Europe now? What is Italy now? What is Russia now? It’s the same reason why Pasolini did his iconic Salò movie. It’s ideas on the map and I’ll only pay attention to what’s happening now–what’s in the air. People can decide what they like and don’t like. I only ask questions.”