The presence of total looks is what stood out the most to me in Aleksandre Akhalkatsishvili FW18-19 colletion. Having said it delivered options upon options when it came to colours, fabrics and -my most favourite- what most tailors would classify as “sleeves that could use a little bit more pinning.” For the record, Aleksandre Akhalkatsishvili makes it work as seen here is our list of 3s.
Look 1 an almost total purple look with tea length skirt, giving plenty of room to pay attention to the red shoes. Among the elements I love about this look is the presence of equilibrium through the pairing of a high waisted, fitted tea length skirt and a short blazer. The ovesized, busy sleeves are a nod to the classic 80s.
Look 2 consists of the FW staple piece for the past x decades: a red coat. Aleksandre Akhalkatsishvili’s reintroduces it to us as a garment with a poignant shade of red, built-up shoulder (a recurring theme in this collection), notched lapels and a gold buckle belt: a subtle ode to the 80s style. By pairing this garment with pastel pink heels, we are promptly reminded that this is a piece that can work for a total red look and perfect for colour blocking, up and/or down dressing.
Lastly, comes Look 3 which is a total tawny brown look. The jacket stands out the most thanks to the roll back-cuffs and big flap pocket, while its length and slightly fitted style suggest that it could also look great paired with a mini or micro, dress, skirts ond great worn over trousers. In this look, the long jacket is paired with a tea length brown leather fitted skirt and printed brown high heels.
Now, I’ll admit that when dealing with total look of pieces, especially those made with the exact same material, it can be hard to notice the little details that makes each and every single garment stand out. Having said that I love the process of discovery when playing with the materials’ and cuts’ strength: i.e. the way they flow, reflect the light, because sooner or later you are bound to notice how each concept and element complementeach other to create the overall piece that the designers had in mind.
Sometimes, more is more- more life, mo’ money (…and somewhere down the list) more fabric. As shown at the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tbilisi, Elenny put together a collection full of a simple colour pallete yet memorable thanks to their adventurous choice of prints & textures of the materials used and of course a whole lot of fabric.
While working with specific colour schemes, Elenny maintained a sense of variance in the functionality of the garments by including full length palazzo trousers, gaucho trousers and mini + midi A line skirts, to cite a few. This collection also had a number of 2 pieces looks and at times challenged the notion of the predictable womenswear suit.
Today’s Notes on 3s focuses on 3 examples of options given to Elenny woman when it comes to suits.
In look 1 the print is what stood out to most for me. Like a fresh, soft and comforting cloud ready to wrap and comfort your body on gloomy days. Yet, the high waist -accentuated by the belt- in similar fabric nonetheless- adds flatering femine shape to the garment and brings an emphasis to the subtle pouf that the bottom of the skirt has. The bishop sleeves are also a win.
Similarly to look 1, look 2 does not lack in the print departement. Putting a spin on the traditional long blazer, the peaked lapel gives room to show a sneak peak of your favourite top (body part or clothing??) all to be held back by the matching fabric belt where the crontrast between belt and jacket is emphasised by the round silver buckle of the belt.
Look 3 is my absolute favourite, especially if it happens to be filled with down. In fact, what better way to balance a down cropped jacket than to add a high waisted just below the knee skirt- and of the same fabric?!
During busy days, it’s a no brainer that nothing beats a good suit that can be worn together for its intended function or as seperates and overall Elenny gets A* for pushing the boudaries of our expections when it comes to suits.
To obtain a seat at the table, Djaba Diassamidze has one request and one request only: be dressed to kill but tastefully.
In the FW18 collection, showcased at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tbilisi, Djaba Diassamidze gave us the fantasy of womenswear that build the bridges between the multi-faceted aspects of our personalities but also a reminder that making a political statement towards gender equality in 2018 can be done subtly, with elegance and have as much of an impact anytime and anywhere (read: freethenip!)
The collection that was predominantly sombre, maintained a vibrant air by combining a variety of colours that ranged from black, gold, along with shades of white, ochre and cream.
The strategic use of fabric, particularly on monochrome garments, reinforced the statemements of each garment. Having said that, although DjabaDiassamidze’s FW18 collection uses velvet, leather, sequins, silk, 3D stitchings- and who could forget the leopard printed coat?!- in my opninion it is the ways in which the monochrome looks are put together with such attentiveness and precision that stands out the most for me. This is a recurring theme throughout the collection but below are my notes on 3s:
I could bable for eternity about how much I love these looks. To start off the overall monochrome look is phenomenal. Between the full length, pearly white wide trousers in look 1, the black on black + bling gold hipline belt & sharpness of the telescope hat in look 2, and last but not least the contrast of everything that makes look 3, from the silky hemlines to the bolero jacket’s sequins’ lapel, this collection is full of muses and a sources of inspiration that will stand the test of time.