The last edition of Tbilisi Fashion Week presented a great and eclectic range of new designers, reconfirming the Georgian capital as one of the most interesting destination for experimental fashion and art.
Situated at the point where Europe meets Asia and Russia, Tbilisi is a melting pot of creativity where cultures clash and a new generation of designers are asserting themselves as ones-to-watch on the international fashion stage. The atmosphere of the city, its diverse architecture and strong character strongly influences the local creatives, which keep this unique Georgian identity embedded in the DNA of their brands. Time seems to have stopped in Tbilisi, yet everything is in an ongoing development, this creates a special dialogue between present and past, novelty and tradition, directly translated into the collections of Georgian designers such Elenny and Ethere. The Ukrainian designer SAYYA breathed new life into the aesthetics of the 80’s and 90’s, and took the trends and subcultures that boomed at the time and imbued them into exquisite outfits with slim fit, vivid colors and flowing fabrics. Elenny presented a minimal and sophisticated collection in a pale and romantic pallet of colors, featuring raw materials and influences from 80’s glam rock era. Oversized silhouettes were shaped by feminine cuts, while the suit was this season’s statement piece in black and white patterns and fabrics that reminds of old school Missoni. The jewelry brand Ethere held a beautiful outdoor presentation in the garden of Tbilisi Balneological Resort, a retreat center that includes hotsprings and sulphated water, recreating a certain Italian Dolce Vita vibes filled with Georgian flavor in a setting that seemed to come out from Fellini‘s movie 8½.