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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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