News coming out of Moscow today reports Russia next month will stage the largest military exercises since the height of the Cold War in the 1980s. Like Zapad-81, but only bigger! In other more anodyne news, to NATO ears anyway, the cover of the September 2018 issue of L’Officiel Russia was revealed today and it features none other than Odette Pavlova. Photographed by Danil Golovkin, the cover pictures Odette wearing a look from Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski’s women’s Fall 2018 collection for Hermès. As September covers go, this is downright charming for its embrace of a model, one hailing from Pskov, Russia near the Estonian border. As imposing as a spectacle of more than 1,000 aircraft and nearly 300,000 troops simulating war is, it pales in comparison to Odette doing Odette on a fashion magazine cover less than 10 days before Fashion Week in New York.

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Credits include: Publication, L’Officiel Russia Nº173 September 2018; Photography, Danil Golovkin; Styling, Elena Bessonova; Hair, Tobias Sagner; Makeup, Alexey Molchanov.

Odette Pavlova | L’Officiel Russia September 2018 (Photography: Danil Golovkin)

Odette Pavlova | L’Officiel Russia September 2018 (Photography: Danil Golovkin)