We should all take a DAY-OFF

Because of the endless classes in my university and very much awaited begining of the summer, I decided to take a day off with my friends and by all means, we visited the Day-Off.

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It’s a small second-hand shop, located in the heart of Old Tbilisi (41 Vertskhli St) where you can find all sorts of interesting and cute things. Starting with stickers and ending with shoes.

 

The prices are very affordable, to be honest, very low. Even stickers cost just 0.30 GEL, when all the other places sell them for the lowest 1 GEL. 🙂

Here are some nice photos I took there!

 

They also have an instagram page! Go and find some cute pieces for you too! 🙂

 

Favorites from Mercedes-Benz FW

With all the respect, I still don’t understand the need of 2 different types of fashion weeks in Tbilisi. Constant stress, battle between agencies and pressure around the fashion atmosphere. However, I gladly attend both of them. I must admit, Tbilisi Fashion Week was a huge disappointment. Starting from designers ending with environment, which includes invited bloggers, photographers and hired venue. Everything was below the standard, but that’s just my opinion. What goes to Mercedes-Benz fashion week, it brought different vibe, modern, creative. When I first took a look at the agenda, I couldn’t hold my breath from the happiness – the best of best designers with the best locations.

Here are my favorite shows from MBFW.

VASKA

 

DATUNA

 

JANASHIA

 

NINA ZARQUA INSTALLATION 

 

AKA NANITA

 

With the most stunning location – ANOUKI

 

And my all time favorite – GEORGE KEBURIA

 

Lastly, here is the small video clip from the coolest VASKA runway.

Hope you enjoyed! 🙂

Best of best @vaskatabatadze

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Gucci’s Renaissance

Gucci’s new creative director, the unknown Alessandro Michele, is a lot like the woman he champions: daring, curiously compelling—and with a streak of mystery and originality. His appointment as a helm of billion-dollar Italian luxury brand left everybody surprised, but no more than himself.

“I wasn’t even on the list,” Michele says, referring to the presumed roster of high-profile industry talents whose names had been bandied about for the coveted job.

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From the very begining, Gucci maintained same appearance, vibe and idea. Even during the legendary Tom Ford period as a director, this brand never left the borders. You could say it was classy, original, maybe sometimes sexy, but 42 year-old Alessandro, with antique rings, long-haired looks of a Merovingian king managed to create his OWN Gucci. This kind of personalization definitely brought him and the brand fame. He pulled treasured vintage pieces from his wardrobe to use as inspirational starting points, and many prints were taken from antique textiles. Particular details, accessories from the collection became a must-wear for thousands of it-girls and fashionistas.

As Coco Chanel once mentioned, fashion is fashion when it reaches the streets of the city. And, nowadays, Gucci is everywhere! Streets, buildings, shops, internet, even in MEMES.

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Michele’s own debut could hardly have been a more emphatic distancing from Giannini (the previous creative director). “We are really such different people,” he says. “Night and day. I am trying to cause a little revolution inside the company—to push another language, a different way to talk about beauty and sexiness, which is an old word. It’s about sensuality now. When I started the first collection, I was thinking not in terms of fashion but in terms of attitude,” he adds, “that sense of beauty which I tried to find for an old and beautiful and charming brand like Gucci.”

Michele’s predecessor, Frida Giannini, was the creative director for eight years, and during that period she and Patrizio di Marco, Gucci’s C.E.O., began a relationship and had a child. Near the end of her tenure, fashion critics grew bored with her clothes, many of which reworked themes that Gucci had been exploring since the nineties, when Tom Ford, the American designer, revitalized the brand with outré glamour. Sales fell, and in December, 2014, Giannini and di Marco were fired.

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Michele’s clothes are pretty but not overtly sexy. Although they have a youthful verve, he has a preference for long sleeves, high necklines, and below-the-knee skirts. In the twelve collections that he has presented so far, he has not isolated a single silhouette and made it his signature. A few months later, on a June evening in New York, Michele was honored at the American fashion industry’s equivalent of the Oscars: the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards.

With all the history, mystery between the brand’s founders and massive Tom Ford makeover, today Gucci stands as one of the biggest luxury fashion houses so far.

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Concepts of Tbilisi

Because of the recent spotlight on Georgia, because of Demna Gvasalia and because of a lot of becauses, Tbilisi gets more and more concept stores, which basically means our citizens can get their hands on any international brand. I would allocate two main concept stores here – DOTS and CHAOS.

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DOTS – store under Materiel Tbilisi and Materia portfolio is located in the very touristic center of Tbilisi – Kote Apkhazi street. Right around the corner of Georgian traditional food, wine and delights, you can have a look at sophisticated, modern clothes.

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Despite the fact that most of these pieces are from designers, prices remain still acceptable. Anything you see here can be bought at the same cost as in any other shop. I guess that’s the most attractive concept of the store, other than the interior, which clearly leaves anyone beyond inspired.

“Dots unique know how, craftsmanship and more than 20 years experience in Georgian fashion industry of already well-established family brands Materiel Tbilisi and Materia, guarantee of high quality. Company is vertically diversified (own factory) and controls all levels from production to sales.”

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Not only you can buy clothes here, you can also taste some delicious coffee, chill out and listen to the music. Because I was in a little hurry, couldn’t check the cafe out.

 

CHAOS – very modern, urban, provocative and hella expensive! Located in the corner of Rooms Tbilisi, maintains the status of “desired by the tons of youngsters”.

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In case you didn’t know, Chaos is talked about everywhere, anywhere, even in W MAGAZINE saying that “Chaos Concept Store, Tbilisi’s Coolest Shop, Has Its Own Skate Ramp”. It’s much more than a shopping destination. The group’s mission was also to create another space they felt was missing from the city, a mecca for the city’s like-minded, fashion and art-following youth to hang out, and exchange their more out-there ideas.

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Yet they don’t own the online-shop, so the only way to own a piece from chaos is to go by yourself there. You will be surprised by the atmosphere and vibes – a minimalistic space with white walls, wooden floors, and windows stretching nearly floor to ceiling, putting the focus on their stand-out additions like the mattress.

 

Right at the exit, the spirit of rebellious youngsters shows off the most, basically, by the neon lights saying “sometimes we watch porn”.

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I guess, other than a lot of places you can visit in Tbilisi and explore independently, there are some destinations anybody is supposed to see in order to fully understand nation’s vibe. Especially, if it’s connected to fashion.

DOTS and CHAOS are two must see concept stores of Tbilisi! 🙂

Comme des Garçons in Soviet Georgia

Recently, I came across the post about Brian Griffin’s photo shoot for Comme des Garçons, which took place right here in Tbilisi, back in 1989. The creative director Rei Kawakubo was beyond inspired by the paintings of Niko Pirosmani, gathered her crew and traveled over the world just to visit old Soviet city – Tbilisi.

“Rei was inspired by the clothing in Pirosmani’s paintings.” says Griffin.

Clothes in the photo shoot were absolutely unique, combining Georgian traditional pieces with materials from Comme des Garçons. Models were random villagers and a lot of them were wearing Chokha.

 

Now, 25 years later, with the help of the up-and-coming gallery Project ArtBeat, Griffin has returned to Georgia to exhibit the prints for the first time at Tbilisi’s Museum of Modern Art, a project which launched during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tbilisi.

“Georgians are happy to see them. I obviously am delighted for their responses, all of the power of these images has happened because of time [past].” he says. In one of his interviews he described the trip to Georgia, where Rei’s crew, including Brian was under a strict surveillance. There were lots of meetings in the dark on street corners, and people were destroying statues of Stalin.

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Now, the photographer is planning another Georgian project, similar to Kawakubo’s. He wants to take the clothes of Georgian designers and style them on locals throughout the country.

Couple days ago, when I first read the article on W Magazine about Rei Kawakubo’s visit in my hometown, which happened about 20 years ago, I was left absolutely surprised. Nowadays, whole fashion industry has all the attention towards Georgia, because of obvious innovations by Demna Gvasalia, but back in 1989 one of the most creative person’s interest towards Soviet country is remarkable, when nobody even had an idea where Georgia was!

Channeling Our Inner Coco

Exactly 5 days ago, The Ritz Hotel held Chanel Metiers d’Art show called as “Paris Cosmopolite” according to the location, which clearly was Paris. With the recent news, terrorists attacks and tourists trying to avoid this beautiful city, Karl Lagerfeld decided to take a brake from Rome, Mumbai, Edinburgh or Dallas and travel in the city of love. The Ritz Carlton appears to be the hotel, where Coco Chanel used to live. As Lagerfeld claims: “the whole collection is inspired by 1920’s and 1930’s evening dresses that women used to wear to dine at the Ritz.”

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Photo from Chanel’s official website.

The show featured several runway debuts from Chanel ambassadress Lily-Rose Depp to ambassador Pharrell Williams along with the runway return of Cara Delevingne, who walked the runway for the first time since October 2015, when she walked Chanel Spring 2016 alongside Lagerfeld.

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“You have to walk as if you are walking into a chic restaurant, convinced that you are the most beautiful and chicest woman in the world — which you are,” Lagerfeld said. “For me, it’s a certain idea of Paris: Gabrielle Chanel, the Ritz, the Hemingway Bar. This is the kind of Paris everyone would like to bring back,” the designer said.

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Photo from Chanel’s official website.

About 300 guests were attending the show, who were sitting around the tables and having a chance of close-up look at the models. Everyone was smiling, dancing, talking to each other, this wasn’t a typical runway. Although, you could feel class and chic of Chanel.

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My attention was mainly drown to the variety of models, who walked for the show and people who attended it. Singers, actresses, actors and just models had an opportunity to wear beautiful gowns from Karl, but around the tables, I couldn’t find any familiar faces. There was only Vanessa Paradis from the celebrities I know, however, rest of the guests remains unknown for me. It seems like, Karl mainly focuses on private clients, who have resources to purchase any item from the collection.

Here is a really interesting video clip of the whole show, which contains incredible impressions of models and a story behind the collection.

Overall, the new vibe which Karl Lagerfeld has brought up is fascinating and very modern. These kind of changes was absolutely necessary for the House of Chanel.

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Photo from Chanel’s official website.

For those you want to see the whole show, here is the video 🙂

Coolest Hostel in Town

With all the new cheap hotels, hostels and Airbnb places, Fabrika is current trend in the whole city. I guess, the main key here is the unbelievable design of the building. Retro chairs, sofas, tables and even decorations make it authentic and pleasant to spend your time here.

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Well, the name itself comes from the previous definition of this place. The old textile factory stopped working ages ago, so the building remained abandoned and untouched, until the hostel for 400 people was opened.

Soon enough, the word about Fabrika was all over the place. My generation and even elders were constantly wondering what was the concept about this place. Tons of events started happening around, concerts, film screenings, gallery exhibitions and even stores begin opening inside the building.

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Of course, I had in mind to come here and stalk the whole place.

Pictures hanging on the wall aren’t just pictures, the guest can always buy them in affordable prices. Every single piece of the furniture is bought at flea markets and secondhands, so the whole vibe is retro, but at the same time classy.

 

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The loveliest part is Cafe, where you can order  whatever your heart desires to!

I had the most delicious breakfast here, hot cappuccino and a little-bit spicy sandwich. But other than that, you can order some drinks, main dishes and deserts.

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The chance to stay here for 1 night was of course used. Since a friend of mine has started working here, I used a possibility to spend quality time and enjoy.

 

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Photo from Fabrika’s official Facebook Page.
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Photo from Fabrika’s official Facebook Page.
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Photo from Fabrika’s official page.

I guess, we are living in the globalized era, where traveling became like hobby and places to spend a night in cheaper and cheaper. That’s why I’ve been really familiar with hostels and Airbnb apartments, but I’ve never seen a high quality hostel, which Fabrika strongly represents.

More importantly, at the end, I’d like to share with you a video clip, which was filmed in Fabrika and really gives out the real vibes.

Listen and enjoy! 🙂