Nikita Kalmykov is a Moscow-based designer that gained momentum in the fashion world by being a contestant on Project Runway Russia. But he’s gone much beyond that in these past years. Drawing inspiration for his brand, Atelier Odor
, (represented by Nob), from olfactory connections and a desire for beauty in the face of prohibitive and antihuman sanctions in Russia against the LGBTQ+ community, his designs combine harsh reality with nostalgic romance. The latest collection Kalmykov released finds inspiration from war documentary They Shall Never Grow Old
, and is entitled Under Attacks
. We speak with him about romance, politics, and the war.