Sick Georgian Labels We Want To Get Amongst
Straight outta Tbilisi Fashion Week.
Last week, we packed our bags and headed to a city we'd barely heard of — Tbilisi, Georgia, nestled at the border of Europe and Asia — for Tbilisi Fashion Week to go to the shows and suss the threads. A few labels shone like little stars, so we picked our favourite pieces and shot them on Georgian model and true babe Mariam Sanogo. Get to know them below.
Gwen is from Georgia but she took off overseas to work with Louis Vuitton and Chanel. Now based in New York, she makes luxe pieces for ladies. She's especially good at shirting and should do more of it. Her 'Under Armor' collection featured a few pieces detailed with what looked to be black pearls — up close, these were rows of iron piercings.
Legit the most interesting knitwear label since ever, Lalo's show featured layers and layers of woven threads and glitters. And also some very excellent fluffy slides and sandals.
Presented outdoors in a smokey garden, Salomé's show featured some awesome textural numbers including the world's best thigh-high yellow velvet boots. Also incredible was the dusty blue structured shift dress and those leather slacks with sheer side panels. Would.
Dalood started as a really fresh boutique in Moscow that focused on Georgian designers. The Dalood gang showed their main collection as well as some sub collections by emerging designers who they're nurturing. Their main collection was full of 80s power babe shapes and pieces inspired by the creative director's mum's wardrobe. Her mum must have been a full-blown legend because the sequinned dragon pieces and super convertible shirting were a knock out.
Lako presented a super down-to-earth show. With heavy inspiration from Istanbul, she made self-printed velvets and embroidered leather pieces that were lush and elegant. The high, and softly folding neck lines, and a particular velvet jumpsuit were king.
MACH & MACH
The label for cool Georgian internet teens! Mach & Mach had bright pinks and yellow fur bags, shoes and other accessories, and so many sequins. Their denim pieces were on point, and so were the baggy jeans covered in bows and shift dresses with shiny cut outs. So great.
MATÉRIEL BY LIKA CHITAI
Providing a home for heaps of Georgian designers, Matériel are a bit of a life saver in Georgia. Lika Chitai's collection for them was full of shiny, glowing loungewear shapes and really nice lady shoes.