The Moda Market: Rebecca de Ravenel

Rebecca de Ravenel unites fun and sophistication in her urban flair designs. What I love most about her collection is the play on soft geometric pairings and color (my favorite is the Classic Three Drop Earring in purple). To view more of these delectable adornments, I compiled a list of my favorites I styled and absolutely love.

Jacaranda Earrings

Classic Two Drops Earrings

Classic Three Drops Earrings

Tahiti Earrings

The Moda Market: Apparis

When a ready-to-wear label is women lead, sustainable and vegan, I am in for the win. Below are a few of my favorite pieces I styled for New York based Apparis SS20 collection.

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Lexi Blazer Dress

This zebra printed blazer dress is the perfect lazy girl hack for any night out. Pair with tie pumps and a pop of pink with this alluring pouch.

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Colby Cropped Vegan Leather Windbreaker

I love the crop length and aglet silhouette on this piece. Layer with a turtleneck, kick flare jean and one of my favorite booties.

Apparis SS20

Vegan Silk Printed Sloane Camisole

Effortless sexy is a thing with this vegan silk cami. Transform any day-to-night look with a hoop earring and pair of heels.

Apparis SS20

Penny Colored Biker Shorts

A versatile short that’s comfy and just the right length is the perfect addition to any athleisure wardrobe. Wear these with an oversized t-shirt and a chunky tenny.

The Moda Market: Helmut Lang

I survived my first NYFW at Moda Operandi and am excited to share some of my favorite pieces I styled from the Helmut Lang SS20 collection. Sadly, this trunkshow ends in 4 days so you better scroll (and click) quickly!

Leather Tank Mini Dress

Bella Hadid wore this down the SS20 show and my lucky hands styled it on forms. Let’s just say this is a must in any everyday wardrobe.

Fem Little Trucker Acid-Wash Cotton Jacket

Because when do we not need that perfect jean jacket for an effortless layering moment?

Silk Organza Straight-Leg Pants

A great substitute to nylons, these sharp pants will elevate any look if you’re looking to layer from the bottom up.

The Moda Market: Booties

Who doesn’t love a good bootie? Here is a coveted list of my favorite ankle hugging boots that I wish I could buy right now.

Acne Studio Boots

Favorite fall bootie that will go with a good pair of kick flares or a floral sundress.

Reike Nen

These Western Leather Boots make the wild west scream chic.

Proenza Schouler

The best chelsea boot you will ever find. Period.

Wandler

Make them stare at these Lina Patent leather ankle booties. I’d opt for these in a pair of light wash girlfriend denim or even a printed moment like these.

Proenza Schuler

When Dr. Marten meets his cousin twice removed.

Yuul Yie

These Martina Leather Ankle booties will effortlessly spruce up any casj look (think a black motorcycle jacket, T-Shirt, and a distressed jean).

Acne Studios

If I’m really in need of a Western Leather Boot upgrade. But consider this a wishlist. I. Need.

In the Lab: The Future of Fashion is Here

It was my first time visiting Tbilisi. I had no expectations, but to meet my cousin and explore the Georgia she knew. I was eager to experience everything about the country: the food, the people, the nature and the fashion. It was Mercedes Benz Fashion Week the same week I arrived. We were outside the trendy Rooms hotel where a black Mercedes read “Mercedes Benz Fashion Week” on its immaculate black shiny exterior. My heart fell into my stomach as I immediately started to research if it was true. As my waking hours met sunrise that night, I reached out to Founder and Creative Director of GeoFashionLab, Makka Khutsishvili. 

GeoFashionLab is an online luxury boutique showcasing premium and upcoming Georgian designers in a global market. Founder and self- taught designer, Makka, created this space to create an exclusive shopping experience where “fashionistas” can find unparalleled style in limited quantities (because no fashionista wants to wear what you can have). Designers include Eloshi, Ani Datukishvili, U.G.L.Y (You Gotta Love Yourself), Atelier Marta and other noteworthy labels.

Models Mariam Tsukilashvili and Doo Khutsishvili are wearing sandals by Nini Patsatsia and earrings by jewellery designer Gateo throughout photos. Handbags by 11:11. Photo courtesy by Makka. 

 

History is embedded in the fashion scene of Tbilisi; if you’re a world citizen, the subject matter is imperative to understand. Tbilisi is the capital and largest city in Georgia. It sits in the Caucasus region of Armenia and Azerbaijan and was under Soviet Rule for 70 years. In April of 1991, it declared its independence as the Republic of Georgia and has undergone civil war and economic crisis. The aftermath of the post-soviet era stimulated an iconoclastic society where fashion and culture coincide. Head designer of Vetements, Demna Gvasalia, symbolized various counterculture and nostalgic elements throughout his Summer 2019 show at venue Bassiani. He capsuled Tbilisi’s “raveolution” after invasions of armed officials raided the underground venue earlier this May. Symbols of the Georgian flag and hashtag “We dance together, we fight together” phrase demonstrated Gvasalia’s response to the political climate and perhaps, progressive change.  

The future is foreseeable for GeoFashionLab. It’s the first Georgian online luxury shopping destination in the Caucasus region that features Georgian designer ready-to-wear with an editorial rhetoric. Possibly the next Eurasian Net-A-Porter, Makka is continuously building her e-boutique and establishing its repertoire through fundamental tactics including in-house photo shoots, keynote speeches, collaborating with influencers, attending community events and producing authentic content to reach an international audience. Makka once said to me: “I live by Natalie Massenet’s quote: ‘Success begins at the magical moment when you declare to yourself, your friends, and the universe that you believe you can do something different.’"

I personally believe GeoFashionLab will takeoff and reach international recognition. It’s only a matter of time when the platform will get its big break. I am excited to see how Makka will transcend content and culture throughout her site as she continues to acquire more designers. Who knows, the crème de la crème like  Avtandil, Tamuna Ingorokva, Keti Chkikvadze and Diana Qvavariani may find their next real estate on the premium platform. There's also great potential for a strong digital presence that will help shape its marketing and editorial efforts. I also believe if there was a fashion lifetime achievement award for the most entrepreneurial and business savvy woman in Georgia, it would go to Makka.