In Tbilisi, Georgia—just 65 miles away from Russia’s border—is a small, yet bustling fashion week.

Taking center stage as an emerging designer in Tbilisi Fashion Week is Ani Datukishvili; the Georgian designer began her brand in 2016 after graduating from Central Saint Martins and Istituto Marangoni.

Her spring/summer collection kept to timeless neutrals, the clean whites, grays, and blacks a blank canvas for her future.

Utilizing metallic, and a bit of sparkle, each piece came to life. The unique folds in the collection emanated a carefree, laid-back vibe, juxtaposing the sheer fabrics and corsets that give this collection its classic femininity.

Datukishvili challenged herself with fun silhouettes and adding asymmetrical details.

With a collection that ranges from casual to cocktail, Ani Datukishvili is ready to put Tbilisi Fashion Week on the map. Stay tuned.

Scroll down to check out Ani Datukishivili’s S/S ’18 collection.

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A fashion week favorite, Dan Liu specializes in femininity. And this S/S ’18 season, he created a collection of cocktail attire ready to whisk you away to a dream getaway, inspired by the concept of, “Smell the Sea, Feel the Breeze, Hear the Ocean, Be at Ease”.

As soft melodies plays in the background, the models gently sway down the runway, trapped in a fairytale romance.

Pairing the classics of ruffles and lace, Liu brings us into spring and summer with serene floral prints. But delicate gold details are interrupted by pops of graphic prints, and the peacock-inspired makeup is just the right amount of oomf.

Doused in classic whites, pale pinks, and blues in sweet hemlines, the versatility and wearability of this collection is not to be overlooked. Crystal-accented pieces are tastefully added for just the right amount of elegance.

For Dan Liu, “Feeling is much more important than other senses that we have. Yes, our eyes can see and ears can hear, but I’d rather feel…”

Soak in the sun’s rays and imagine yourself a heroine in Dan Liu’s whirlwind of romance.

Click through the gallery below to get the full view.

Byline:  Getty Images for Dan Liu at NYFW: The Shows

Climbing the ranks of familiarity through jewel-encrusted watches, Galtiscopio took on fashion with its debut at NYFW: First Stage. As jewel tones and embellishments shined across the room, the chic and elegant collection was undoubtedly a head turner.

What could have easily become an evening collection, with its array of plunging necklines and jeweled hip cutouts, was balanced out with bodysuits and grommet pieces. The presentation also included a capsule collection of graphic t-shirts to break up the formality, showing Galtiscopio is not afraid to have a little fun.

Describing the collection, designer Ying Lau stated, “It is a mixture of creativity and contemporary. I would like every woman to show her unique, confident, splendid and elegant personality.”

And in this collection, we have no doubt they will.

 

Photos: Bryan Bedder for Galtiscopio at NYFW: First Stage

For Vladimiro Gioia, inspiration comes from the Land of the Rising Sun—Japan. Exploring the duality of sensitivity and strength within the female samurai, Gioia’s collection aims to balance the wise and noble with grace and harmony.

Feminine blouses and dresses show off this duality: they mix texture and patterns, sheen with sheer, black with color. Topped off with hand-stitched details around the torso to form the outline of a samurai’s armor, the juxtaposition of concepts sit side by side in each piece.

There is something so alluring, yet so badass about this collection.

The prints themselves are reminiscent of the Azuchi-Momoyama period, a time when Japanese unification was still underway, and utilize the symbols of beauty and war, the sakura and the samurai. In a nod to the traditional pagoda screens, Gioia also includes peacock and heron prints.

A vision of a fighter, Vladimiro Gioia’s woman is one of strength, courage, and unwavering values. But for the S/S 2018 collection, we peek into her inner woman.

Check out our favorites below.

Photos: Vladimiro Gioia

Flying to New York for Fashion Week was a dream come true for six Indonesian designers showing for the first time on the Indonesian Diversity SS18 Runway. New York Fashion Week: First Stage is a new platform that gives global designers the opportunity to show at NYFW, whether they are debuting in the U.S. for the first time or looking to make new global connections and further their presence.

Beautiful handcrafted fabrics and embroideries glided down the runway unlike anything industry members had ever seen before, though the details and level of craftsmanship are customary of high-end Indonesian fashion. Guests were wowed as theatrical beats pumped through the room and models walked impeccably adorned by handcrafted Indonesian elements.

Each designer saw this show as an opportunity to bring Indonesian design to the runways of New York to embody cultural inclusion in a tough social climate. 

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DIAN PELANGI

Geometric prints and beaded brocades permeated Dian Pelangi’s bold collection. Menswear-inspired suiting pieces in unexpected bright colors brought to life the hustle and bustle of New York City. Subway tile-like embellishments highlighted waistlines and shoulders and gave creative flair to straight silhouettes. 

BARLI ASMARA

Barli Asmara showed a gorgeous collection of white lace cold shoulder dresses and gowns. Inspired by purity and Middle Eastern architecture, these layered and laced up pieces were complimented by bejeweled statement earrings. A full pearl embellished gown stole the show with its powerful turtleneck structure and beaded waistline. 

MELIA WIJAYA

Melia Wijaya dug all the way to her roots to create a collection of impressive garments tied to the famous Indonesian folklore, Sawunggaling. The story praises the creative and full of energy rooster and peacock. In an effort to preserve the true meaning, Wijaya sent feather adorned headpieces, gowns and separates down the catwalk in earthy tones. Caged boning created an hourglass frame on a gorgeous few gowns and pants. 

CATHERINE NJOO

Larger than life, yet dainty gold headpieces sat atop Catherine Njoo’s models. Rich, gold embroideries and beaded batik fabrics crafted into beautiful forms created an ultra luxurious wave over the entire collection. Rounding out Njoo’s runway was a jaw-dropping, egg-shaped gold headpiece that opened and closed to unveil a dimly lit pagoda. 

VIVI ZUBEDI

Vivi Zubedi believes in a world of equal love between all cultures and crafted an incredible collection to hone in on that theme. A rich color palette with subtle prints was embellished with branded patchwork that read “Makkah Madinah Jannah”. Also, making a bold political statement was her floor length abbaya embellished with a beautiful “All Colors Matter” and her use of various size models dressed in hijab, including plus size. 

DORIS DORTHEA

All designers accessorized with handbags by the infamous Doris Dorthea, top celebrity go-to designer for custom handbags. The brand prides itself on the use of exotic skins and leather. Vibrant colors collided with exotic skin in beautifully crafted, structured mini bags. 

 

 

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Photos: Brian Ach for Indonesian Diversity NYFW: First Stage

Fashionable, yet wearable—Three words that sum up Alena Tumko. The budding Ukrainian designer presented her collection to the largest fashion week in Eastern Europe, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week (MBFW) Kiev… But she wasn’t quite happy with the results.

The collection had a casual, carefree vibe that screamed ‘effortlessly chic’, outlining loose-fitting pieces with simple lines. Importing the fabrics from Italy and Paris, Tumko drew attention to the waist with wrap jackets and cut-out details, juxtaposing it with bondage-inspired collars and print. And the models’ fresh faces with clean eyeliner gave the pieces an overall confident stance.

Yet on her Facebook page, Tumko publicly complained about MBFW organizers, stating that the only thing she received from MBFW was photos. All promotions focused on a select few designers, and Tumko was less than impressed with MBFW’s lack of support.

With drama brewing in the Eastern European fashion world, we are left wondering if Alena Tumko is ready to take on the world.

 

Photos:  GPS Radar

Fashion experts selected five Korean designers to show in Paris as part of the “K-Fashion Project in Paris” project, testing the public’s response to Korean designers in the Western market. A show, pop-up shop, and collaboration all in one.

Sponsored by the Korea Research Institute for Fashion Industry, Taeyong Ko of Beyond Closet, Bumsuk Choi of General Idea, Kathleen Kye of Kye, Jinhee Moon of Moon J, and Eunae Cho of Ti:baeg set off to Paris to show the French how Koreans do—and boy, did they.

BEYOND CLOSET, Taeyong Ko

Beyond Closet is a brand reinterpreting the classic, American prep aesthetic. Titling his S/S ’18 collection “A New Order”, Ko says it’s all about attitude. Loose-fitting pieces, bermuda shorts, and casual suits give this a ‘college boy’ vibe, with the mix of plaid and crocodile skin amongst primary blues and reds to take it up a notch. From the beach to a date, this picturesque collection will have you seeing stars in no time.

GENERAL IDEA, Bumsuk Choi

Choi believes that if no one wears his designs, they are no longer clothes, but ornaments. The mind behind General Idea created vivid visuals for his S/S ’18 collection, focusing on seaside blues, regal purples, and sunshine yellows. Stark color blocks, wrist details, and funky bags may be the first thing to catch your eye, but you’ll stay for the lengthy silhouettes, paisley, and ’70s mood.

KYE, Kathleen Kye

A collection as young and carefree as the designer herself, the pieces shine in sparkling and satin fabrics. The Central Saint Martins graduate goes back to the basics of color, instead focusing on ruching and ruffles—Who knew it could create such a simple, yet bold headband? Decked out in different shades of denim, fringed hems, and a new attitude, the concept of ‘fate being in your own hands’ comes to life.

MOON J, Jinhee Moon

Inspired by the artist Umberto Marianin, Moon took her classic, feminine style and gave it a twist for her S/S ’18 collection. While incorporating past popular trends, like cut-out shoulders and wide-leg pants, the collection’s focus on stripes almost gave it a masculine feel. But, bold ruffles and floppy hats steered it back towards a whirlwind of romance.

TI:BAEG, Eunae Cho

Pronounced ‘teabag’, Cho’s collection Ti:baeg utilized a tea leaf print while dipping each look into a rich jewel tone. Cho’s concept centers on the word ‘cha’. In Chinese, it means tea, a pretty girl, and a camellia. Transformed into a sweet, delicate collection, the flirty dresses and skirts were dressed down with sweaters, hoodies, and sneakers. And the metallic sheen was almost celestial as the models glided down the runway. A piece of art in the making.

Photos: Totem Fashion Paris