Russian designer Gosha Rubchinskiy kicked off Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tbilisi with a talk at the deserted swimming pool turned nightclub Bassiani. The event started with a video recording of his Fall 2018 show in which his runway models explained who and where they were from. Next, the designer gave a low-key speech in Russian on topics ranging from his namesake label (which he recently announced he would stop showing) to the cycles of art. Afterward, there was a brief panel, the subjects of which included fashion’s power to unite, Rubchinskiy’s skate shop in Moscow, and how he met Adrian Joffe of Comme des Garçons and Dover Street Market. See a few takeaways, translated from the Russian, at Vogue.