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The Insider: Dana Hourani’s Tbilisi Fashion Week Diary

Dana Hourani Tbilisi Fashion Week

Dana Hourani wearing Aleksandre Akhalkatsishvili jacket and pants, George Keburia sunglasses, Balenciaga bag, and Isabel Marant boots en route to shows at Tbilisi Fashion Week. Courtesy of Dana Hourani

Reporting for Vogue.me from the Georgian capital, Dana Hourani found a wellspring of sartorial inspiration at Tbilisi Fashion Week for the Spring 2018 season. From new-generation streetwear remixed with elegant staples to outsized garments tailored with jaunt, the runway and the real-life street circuits ignited a broader perspective on the talent out there for Hourani.

Dana Hourani Tbilisi Fashion Week

Dana Hourani wears Front Row Shop top, jeans and belt from Life Another Space, Balenciaga bag, and George Keburia sunglasses en route to shows at Tblisi Fashion Week. Courtesy of Dana Hourani

“It is no doubt that Tbilisi is now one of my favorite cities in the world. From the culture, arts, and fashion to their hospitality, this city represents the epitome of East meets West.

Dana Hourani

Tblisi Fashion Week street style by Dana Hourani for Vogue.me

I’ve been following the work of Georgian designers for years and have always been infatuated with what they do. So I couldn’t let yet another fashion week here pass me by without getting to experience it first-hand.

Dana Hourani Tbilisi Fashion Week

Aleksandre Akhalkatsishvili Spring 2018. Photographed by Dana Hourani for Vogue.me

The homegrown talent in Tbilisi is like no other. What was most inspiring is how hard Georgians work towards setting their goals for achievement of passion, rather than the run towards fame or glory.

Dana Hourani Tbilisi Fashion Week

Aleksandre Akhalkatsishvili Spring 2018. Photographed by Dana Hourani for Vogue.me

I worked rather closely with the fashion house and factory Matériel, who play a leading role in cultivating designers and providing them a platform in achieving their goals. They work with designers from sketch through to the design process and onto final production and sales.

Dana Hourani Tblisi Fashion Week

Lado Bokuchava Spring 2018. Photographed by Dana Hourani for Vogue.me

Matérie represents some of the most talented Georgian designers, such as Lado Bokuchava and Aleksandre Akhalkatsishvili for his runway debut at Tbilisi Fashion Week in 2011, with work that embodies a new wave of modern feminine; for women of all ages.

Dana Hourani Tbilisi Fashion Week

Lado Bokuchava Spring 2018. Photographed by Dana Hourani for Vogue.me

Tbilisi fashion week was an eye opener to the abundance of undiscovered talent and how much they have to offer. Fashion in Georgia today is part of a larger movement in creating a collective identity for their country.” Dana Hourani

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