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Unfortunately, pleasant moments do not last for long, a fact which adds special charm to such moments. Tbilisi Fashion Week ended on May 8, leaving a lasting impression on both the industry insiders and fashion followers.

Following the grandiose and highly striking opening, the guests’ expectations were met on every day of TFW as each show was full of surprises.

On May 5 two already popular designers, Manana Antelidze and George Shaghashvili, as well as last year’s winner in the Newcomers nomination, Tamuna Bochikashvili, and two young designers united under the name of Tamanini, created an amazingly diverse atmosphere.

While Tamanini focused on the colors green and yellow, Bochikashvili did not betray her principles and created prкt-a-porter costumes, but this time with innovative 3D details. The guests were given special glasses to watch her collection and bask fully in its beauty.

Antelidze’s collection became not only the third day’s favorite, but that of the whole week. She brought back retro style with up-to-date elements for the 21st century and didn’t leave indifferent either ordinary viewers or fashion critics.

Ulrike Moesslinger, representative of one of the world’s popular fashion houses, Galeries Lafayette, was very pleased with Antelidze’s collection and said in a comment to Georgia Today that that Manana managed “to match retro style with modernity”.

“You have everything but you don’t have yourself”- this was the slogan of George Shaghashvili’s collection. “A person loses himself/herself exactly at that moment when he/she believes that he/she has found it,” explained Shaghashvili to Georgia Today. His collection was inspired by Personal Jesus, a song by Depeche Mode. The words written on his models’ faces were excerpts from the lyrics of this song.

As usual, black was dominant in George’s collection, though it was quite different from previous ones and very sophisticated. Interestingly, among the TFW 2011 participants, Shaghashvili was the only designer who showcased not only women’s but also men’s costumes.

One of the TFW’s stated goals is the discovery of young and talented artists. Hence, the fourth day of the week was dedicated to a newcomers’ contest which was supported by the Tbilisi State Academy of Art and the Goethe Institute.

Fifteen beginner designers: Alexander Akhalkatsishvili, Katerine Ervandiani, Maka Kakashvili, Lado Bokuchava, Nino Sefiashvili, Teo Gagloeva, Tamta Aqubardia, Qeti Soselia, Mariam Khutsurauli, Nanuka Shengelia, Kristi Kakhidze, Nicolas Grigoriani, Lasha Evdariani, Tamar Mosulishvili, Tako Meqvabidze and Salome Gomelauri, were given the unique chance to present their mini-collections to the public and honorable jury.

Since the costumes created by the young designers were diverse and creative, the jury found it very difficult to make a final decision. After serious dispute, the verdict was read, announcing: Alexander Akhalkatsishvili with his brown tone-dominated collection, had became the jury’s favorite. The awards for the winner include the possibility to visit several towns during Germany and during a six day trip and to meet representatives of world fashion, as well as to attend all fashion events held during that period.

Besides Akhalkatsishvili, the jury’s approval was earned by two other collections: Nicolas Grigorian was advised to sell his collection in shops alongside such a well-known designer as Yohji Yamamoto. Demna Gvasalia, a leading designer of Maison Martin Margiela, Paris, promised another newcomer, Lasha Devdariani, help in getting an internship in one of the world’s most famous fashion houses.

On the evening of the fourth day, George Keburia, the last year’s winner of the newcomers’ contest, presented his mystical avant-garde collection, which was fully funded by TFW as part of the prize. The culmination of his show was the moment when a black woman-centaur came onto the catwalk.

One more surprise was awaiting the guests on May 6. Presenting his wonderful collection dominated by leather and thin tissue, Datuna Sulikashvili opted for a completely unusual venue: the catwalk was arranged at Tbilisi International Airport’s railway station.

On May 7, Georgia’s cultural elite, fashion critics and journalists toured Tsinandali, east Georgia’s Kakheti region, to attend Georgian designer Tamuna Ingorokva’s much-expected fashion show called Tsinandali Night Dream, with the Chavchavadze House-museum in Tsinandali hosting the event.

Ingorokva’s collection, made from thin pieces, created a wonderful impression, as a full range of colors were represented. Various light colored accessories, including flowers, brought a summer mood to the catwalk. Her show closed the fifth day of the week as well as TFW’s major part.

The last day of TFW saw one of the world’s most popular modeling competition FORD MODEL SUPERMODEL OF THE WORLD’s domestic final competition, in which fourteen beautiful young Georgian girls participated. The jury, led by Pamela Frank, a representative of the competition, picked sixteen-year-old Dali Chitaladze, who is actively engaged in Georgian modeling business, as the winner.

“Her height, beauty, manner of walking and beautiful skin” – these were what impressed the jury about Chitaladze, Frank told Georgia Today.

Organized jointly by Tbilisi-based modeling agency Geomodels and Georgian Events, an event management company, TFW aimed to create “a prкt-a-porter platform of regional importance, to continue the fashion industry’s development, to introduce new faces and to export Georgian fashion.” As with the previous three, this year’s Tbilisi Fashion Week absolutely justified this ambitious agenda, making a remarkable contribution to the development of Georgia’s fashion business.

Georgia Today

M.B

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