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Eldar Muradov vs Anton Belinskiy: the power of difference

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Eldar Muradov vs Anton Belinskiy: the power of difference

The names of the 20 emerging designers selected by Vogue Italia to pair up with the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015 finalists have finally been announced.

Each designer will reinterpret the work of their team-mate through a fashion creation inspired by the chef’s dish, in an unprecedented fusion of fine food and style.

Here is the interview with Russia, Baltics,CIS region finalists: chef Eldar Muradov and fashion designer Anton Belinskiy.

What inspires the aesthetics of your creations? What inspires the aesthetics of your creations?
I am inspired by the nature of Russia. People are like a sponge, absorbing everything around them. I'm inspired by the people with whom I communicate, books that I read, movies and more.

How do colours and textures influence your creations?

How do colours and textures influence your creations?

I like natural colours and soft textures. I’m really obsessed with colours. For upcoming season we worked with Johansen Ethan’s Colour theory, who also created the Shape theory. It’s all about difference: shapes, textures, colours...

How would you describe your creative style?

How would you describe your creative style?

My creative style is perfectionism, in which each thing has its own place. I could describe it like up­to­date avant garde, inspired by past of my motherland for people, who live now and then...

Is there any influence of your country's traditions, culture or materials in your creative work?

Is there any influence of your country's traditions, culture or materials in your creative work?

Yes, I am very patriotic when choosing products. Sure! As I said before, I was inspired and influenced by art and history of my motherland, especially the mid of 20th century.

What food would you happily die eating?

What food would you happily die eating?

Freshly baked rye bread with butter, garlic and salt. I suppose it is seafood dishes, as I adore fresh fish, oysters, mussels in combination with delicious high quality white wine or rose.

The first top fashion designer that comes to mind?

The first top chef that comes to your mind?

Alexander McQueen. Gordon Ramsay.

If your cuisine was something to wear, what would it be?

If your creations were a dish, what would it be?

White jumpsuit. Just turning back from Paris, my exact answer is croque monsieur, as I’ve just learnt how to cook it.

What ingredient would you never eat, and why?

What item of fashion would you never wear, and why?

I do not eat Fontina cheese - the flavour is too aggressive for me. You know, that «never say never», that's why I can't even imagine is there some piece which I would never wear.

What’s the first thing you’ll do upon arriving in Milan next June?

What’s the first thing you’ll do upon arriving in Milan next June?

I want to visit the bull in the Vittorio Emanuele Gallery. Make a long trip along the narrow streets of Milan taking my camera together with me. New city, new people, contrasts at every step, that’s where my inspiration comes from.

What do you expect from this challenge?

What do you expect from this challenge?

I'm looking forward to a great show. New experience is always inspiring, That's why I expect a huge amount of new connections, self­development, delicious food of course and the ideas for my new collections, I suppose.

Anton Belinskiy's interview was conducted by Vogue.it

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