Nina Sever this year went back to Kazakhstan.

Almaty-born and Italy-based model and editor Nina is back with a great reportage.

The beauty of the city needs no retouch, so we are featuring only the truth: huge buildings, large avenues, cyrillic graffiti and an amazing sunset over the snowy roads. You wouldn’t say that Almaty will host in a couple of days the worldwide famous Mercedes Fashion Week, do you?! Well, actually this is what is going to happen.

So this is a good reason to take a look at this pictures: to understand how the city was before the arrival of hundreds of fashion bloggers, before the beginning of the big fashion circus growing fast in countries such as Ukraine, Russia, Belarus and why not, Iceland, Israel and Malta.

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Our friend and staff member went there and realized several shootings, taking some spare time to enjoy the freedom such a place could give. Nina walked in the charming lazy heat that a static autumn could give to a melancholic soul, holding hands with artist Vlada Shayevich, visiting randomly the hidden sides of the city.

She accidentally brought a camera in her bag and that’s what she came back with: no post production, no fake effects, just the pure colors of an unknown city in the middle of Asia, filtered by smog and Russian style addictions. Watching those buildings was such an inspiration for her, that she felt like you can never guess what’s behind those imposing architectures: stories, mysteries, uncomfortable visions, nonsense, communist era echoes but sometimes also freedom and fascination.

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Almaty before 2014 Fashion Week:

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