Want to look like the models from the latest Gosha Rubchinkiy show? Check out The Blueprint's exclusive backstage photos and learn from the stylists who worked on the original looks.

Last week, the international fashion community took a break from Milan and Florence to travel to the small seaport of Kaliningrad - the capital of a Russian enclave located between Poland and Lithuania - to see the latest show from Gosha Rubchinkiy, this time in collaboration with adidas Football. The show was the first in a series of events planned by both brands in anticipation of the 2018 FIFA World Cup taking place in Russia.

The models for the show were cast in the streets of Russia by Gosha himself, alongside Moscow's Lumpen Agency. To transform regular street kids into Rubchinkiy’s soccer army, Gosha (who used to be a hairdresser in his younger years) worked with stylists Yaz Aysberg, Linda Benkhaldi and Maya Pak. Together they looked to popular men’s haircuts from the Soviet era, and reinvented them, creating more modern versions. After the show, they agreed to talk us through their working process.

Look 1 - Dynamic Romanticism

This look was inspired by students after the Communist revolution of 1917. The models' long, curly hair was cut with a blade. “A blade is a special kind of razor used in hairstyling. The texture you get with it has more plasticity, it's easier to wear and looks lighter than if the same cut was done with scissors."

"The blade lets us create a more defined curl. We also used the instrument to feather some of the curls to create a more relaxed, even messy look. It came out exactly as we wanted it,” says Yaz Aysberg, the creative director of Sebastian Professional in Russia. After the cut, the hair was parted in the middle and Sublimate finishing creme was applied to add even more definition to the curls.

Look 2 - Boys Band Highlights

Remember the boy bands of the '90s, with their highlighted bangs? To create looks reminiscent of that era, the stylists first blowdried the hair straight. It was the only style that required hair dye, as the fronts of some of the models hair were highlighted blond. Asymmetric fringes were styled to the side with deep side parts into “classic Westlife looks” as the stylists called them. To get them to stay in the desired shape, they used the ultra-light Shaper Zero Gravity hairspray and Sublimate finishing cream.

Look 3 - Manly Military Style aka the “Landing Strip”

This is a classic style, beloved by Soviet men and early '90s bands like Depeche Mode and their Russian counterpart Technologiya. The flat shape is achieved by creating a stark contrast in hair length on the sides and the back of the head, as well as perfect graphic lines on top. The stylists have used Drynamic+ dry shampoo to matte the hair down.

Look 4 - Brutal Sports Fan

This understated look was created by using a machine (for uniform length) and scissors (where more precise shaping was needed). The style was typical for Soviet men of the '30s and '40s, and is still the most popular haircut among those who are looking to project aggressive manliness.

Look 5 - Cocky Creative

For the stylists, the goal here was to create a manly look with longish curly hair. To achieve this, they worked mattifying Craft clay into the curls, brushed them back and fixed them with texturizing spray and Shaper Zero Gravity hairspray.

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