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These Are the 9 Georgian Designers You Should Get Familiar With

The spotlight’s on the Tblisi fashion scene.

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Where fashion weeks once comprised solely of the big four – New York, London, Milan and Paris – in recent years there’s been a spotlight placed on less-recognized cities that are carving out a style identity of their own. One of those rising hotspots for emerging talent is Georgia’s capital, Tblisi.

Although Georgia has given us designer superstars like Vetements’ Demna Gvasalia and former Mugler artistic director David Koma, it’s also a thriving playground for fashion’s next-gen. As Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tblisi rounds out its Spring/Summer 2020 showcase, we rounded up some local names you ought to keep an eye on in the coming seasons. Read on for our top selections from this season and the ones past and get ready to revamp your wardrobe wish-list.

Dominnico

 

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Founded in Barcelona by designer Domingo Rodríguez Lázaro ,Dominnico has shown collections in Budapest and Madrid prior to appearing on the official Tblisi schedule, as part of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Talents program. Known for its love of color, print and statement silhouettes, Dominnico’s SS20 collection was reminiscent of London’s Molly Goddard thanks to its dreamy, voluminous tulle dresses. It’s also got the celebrity seal of approval – Lady Gaga’s a fan of the brand and it partnered exclusively with Rosalía to provide wardrobe for her EMQ Tour.

Lako Bukia

 

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Having initially shown at London Fashion Week, Lako Bukia has returned to her native Georgia. Over the years, her focus on print has slowed but SS20 was a celebration of color, as the designer presented a veritable rainbow of clothing. Alongside digital prints of florals, there were oversized, ’80s style jackets, asymmetric silk slip dresses and leather-look two-pieces in vibrant shades of red, green, purple and yellow.

Lado Bokuchava

 

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Formerly of design house Materiel, Lado Bokuchava’s work on his eponymous label is a contemporary take on eclectic ‘7os design. Tailored bodices with matching pants, ultra-feminine ruching, and asymmetric draping are all key elements of his work and this season was no different, with the designer showing the ultimate wardrobe for the modern woman.

TAMARA KOPALIANI

Kopaliani’s work sits perfectly in the space between feminine and subversive. While some pieces individually can fall into either realm, it’s when they’re styled together that Kolaliani’s eccentricity shines through. Alongside oversized, boxy shirts in gradient hues of pastels and acid neons and cycling shorts are smart, tailored coats and patterned trousers. The designer’s signature, spiraled logo is also present through some pieces, including as a necklace that will inject some pizzaz into any look.

ANOUKI

 

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The eponymous label by Anouki Kaladze effortlessly mixes feminine shapes with soft, billowing sleeves and floaty dresses appearing amongst oversized tailoring. Whilst silhouette and proportion undeniably plays a major part in ANOUKI’s design identity, pattern is also a key element. Expect to see everything from dreamy, delicate florals and graphic polka dots to show-stopping all-over sparkly sequins.

Matériel by Aleksandre Akhalkatsishvili

Technically, Matériel isn’t what could be classed as an emerging brand. It actually began life way back in 1949 as Materia, which is one of the oldest apparel manufacturers and retailers in the country. Now, Matériel operates under the helm of a rotating lineup of young designers including Aleksandre Akhalkatsishvili who also has his own namesake label. Akhalkatsishvili has definitely injected the brand with some of his signature details like blurring the lines between masculine and feminine shapes, a bold use of color and an affinity for blending textures that’s seen both his own line and Matériel stocked at renowned global retailers like Browns.

George Keburia

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You might be familiar with the name George Keburia; his ultra-skinny sunglasses were everywhere when the matrix shades were all the rage. The self-taught designer, who similarly is a Matériel alumni and is stocked at Browns,  launched his label in 2010 and has since showed at both Milan and Paris Fashion Week. Inspired by Georgian heritage, each season he fluctuates between hyper-femininity, sexuality and futurism as themes within his work. While accessories may be the driving force in Keburia becoming a recognized names rest assured, his apparel offering is not one to be slept on.

Gola Damian


This brand is one that really captures the designer’s own unique, unshackled spirit. A punky, DIY ethos lies at the heart of Damian’s pieces, which defy gender norms and instead focus on subculture and spirit. Last season was filled with ravey neon tones that landed on everything from fuzzy sweaters to ice skater-esque dresses and skimpy string vests. There’s no doubt that Damian will be full of surprises season upon season but rest assured, this label isn’t for the faint-hearted.

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