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“You will miss your family, you will miss your friends…” – Everybody told me so before I moved to this amazing city and so far, I don’t feel homesick at all. Budapest feels like my hometown and I believe in my past life, I’ve been living right in this place.

Wide streets, beautiful architecture, somehow it reminds me of Prague, but still, it has different vibe. It’s more laid-back, quiet and life goes pretty slowly around here. People are chill, never ever rushing anywhere and most of the times, they are very friendly. I got wrong idea about Hungarians before coming here, as majority of foreigners characterize them as cold, unfriendly and rude. Well, for me, I’ve never met a Hungarian like that! Everyone is happy to help and try the best they can to communicate with you.

As I’m a student here, I have a lot of opportunities to explore this city in every possible way: parties, clubs, bars, cafes and restaurants, but more importantly – sightseeing! There is so much to see in Budapest, so much to explore. In the begining I remember walking 13 km or even more at the end of the day and every single step was worth it.

If you ever decide to visit Budapest and then go to see Buda castle, go there during night! The view is spectacular and completely different from what you can see during the day time. It feels surreal and like a fairytale.

Luckily, my dorm is right in the center of the city, so I get to explore this wonderful place every day, every time I want to. As you could’ve understood, I can’t stop taking photos, especially, if you find a partner in crime!:)

So far, this city has treated me very kind and we have 3 more years to go!

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The lands of Italy

After living in Milan for nearly 2 months, I fell in love with the city. So, at the end of summer, when I had to move to Budapest for my studies (about which I’ll talk in the next post), I encouraged my parents to visit Milano first and then go to Hungary. And… that’s what we did!

 

I’m can’t even explain what kind of amazing vibes you get once you step on Italian lands. Especially, Milan is very special place to me. I was eager to meet up with my host families I had back in 2016!

 

Atmosphere there is so friendly, cheerful, even the sound of Italian language makes life much more beautiful.

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Our apartment was located in the very center of the city – Navigli, which is famous with its restaurants, bars and entertainment. Nothing’s better than being part of Italian amusement. 🙂

 

If you are fond of Italian cuisine, forget about pizza, pasta, even tiramisu and try LASAGNA! That’s probably the most delicious thing you can eat in your lifetime. I tried the best lasagna in the restaurant near the Castello.

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After these 3 days, we couldn’t leave Italy without visiting Venice, the city of fairy tales! Everything about Venice is magical and inspiring. And sometimes coincidences make each travel much more interesting and in coincidences I mean staying in Venice for 1 night and discovering your friends are in the city too.

 

We also found huge shopping mall, which has amazing terrace on the top of the building and from that terrace you get to see the whole surface of the city! That was incredible!

 

But after all, we got so tired that couldn’t wait to arrive in Budapest and have some rest.

 

However, Venice left us speechless and amazed. This should be the top destination for every travel-lover!

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 

 

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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!