Soviet-style insulation: it’s not for me

Fashion Week New York is the cat’s meow. The mess I once discovered in Moscow is dog poop.

Location: The marble-walled Sovetskaya Concert Hall.

Those invited wore babushkas, comfortable walking shoes and sturdy brown or gray coats.

My parachute guide’s breakfast: “Fruitwater” juice, a glass of sour milk, oatmeal kasha, two boiled eggs, coffee and a roll. She ate lightly.

“For Russians, being fat is not a crime,” she said. “We are not as lazy as Americans who jump in their cars. Only a few people here own a car. We are forced to walk more. The USSR has no weaker sex.”

One lady drank straight vodka with black pepper and washed it down with beer. Your companion: “The trick is to eat a lot of bread and butter first. Butter as a coating will sponge up any alcohol. The punishment for drunkenness is severe. Your name is last on the list for an apartment.”

The fashion show: Women in the resort town of Sochi swam in bras and panties because there were few swimsuits available for purchase. One hot piece featured a brocade evening gown and matching coat with fur trim and cuffs. “This will be a mass production,” announced the director. I asked how many of these are mass produced. She said, “Twelve.”

They come with every accessory – like a hat or a bag? “NO.”

Understand, we’re not talking about a Dolly Parton look here.


DUSTIN JONES is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. DUSTIN JONES joined USTimeToday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with DUSTIN JONES by emailing

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