Eats and treats in Georgia
I found Georgian fashion to be completely unique in terms of bold colors and visuals an creative fitting and styles. There were a couple of shows that particularly stood out from the back (and left me wanting the entire collection.) Anouki, a local ready-to-wear brand with easy silhouettes for everyday, as well as a funky side with some embellished skirts. Plus, they get major points for my fat lace-up boots with the fur! Those are lots of fun–definitely into it.
Atelier Kikala definitely pushed the envelope and brought in an epic edgy vibe. The collection was playful and fierce at the same time. The pieces were definitely statement-makers, but in an easy to maneuver way, not in a hard to pull off way. I could see myself rocking some of the coats with puffy rounded, circular shoulders, and the dresses with sheer cutouts.
Tamuna Ingorokva was another favorite, that strutted some darker hues with chiffon and sequins down the runway–a combo nobody can refuse…There were a few separates that I noted as well, like white blazers that are easy to incorporate with several closet staples.
Gola Damian is another good brand to add to your radar, as it uses vibrant prints with fun tailoring to bring out a collection that is atypical and exciting. The pieces are eye-catching and all have a very nice flow. I found a few of the brand’s cool pieces on More is Love.
Lolo by Lako had some really special knits on the runway. Not to mention the printed tights, which somewhat resembled a magical forest. The pieces were nice stand-alone, oversized garments that are crucial to any winter! A thick, warm and fuzzy sweater dress always goes a long way; especially when the tones are neutral (and such is the case.)
Tatiana Meparidze had a Greek goddess vibe going, with flowy white pieces hanging perfectly and clinging at the right places. Some of the dresses reminded me of a Mediterranean getaway at sea, because I can definitely see myself packing one of those dresses and rocking it out 9-5, with strappy flats or a funky pump.
Lastly, there was Aka Nanitashvili, a collection that definitely maximized creativity and the ability to take risks. The graphic top had a punky yet princess-y vibe, almost reminding me of a few Manoush pieces from the past. The combination of loose tailoring paired with mixed media made for a serious statement ensemble on the runway.
As for my own personal look, I went with a fun German designer I recently discovered, Wunderkind, which I was particularly into because the Aztec and tribal print is always a favorite of mine. An essential part of fashion week is comfortable shoes for all the running around, and I must say, these definitely worked some magic. The platform made these black heels a gem to stride around in, as well as the perfect asset and touch to complement the outfit. Another thing that got me a bit excited was that this dress will definitely work both around the clock, as well as around the year…Okay, summer just passed and I get it–it’s fall and almost winter, but I know these go well with a few flats that I have stashed away until further notice!
Blessed with Mediterranean climate and organic produce, Georgian cuisine is among the world’s most inventive and exquisite. Tasting the numerous Supra traditional dishes (Georgia’s equivalent of mezze) and tamada (toastmaster) has been such a unique cultural experience. Now, I’m totally craving a delicious tamara as we speak!! #TakeMeBack. The experience was a feast full of surprises itself. Everything from the vibrant colors to the delicious fresh food and the most refined combinations of herbs and spices was definitely a treat for the palate! Embracing the rich interplay of culinary ideas carried along the trade routes by merchants and travelers enhanced the adventure and made it extremely memorable.
Runway images courtesy of Tbilisi Fashion Week