If Tbilisi Fashion Week had a soundtrack, it would be Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
The Georgian fashion capital’s street stylists are putting a contemporary spin on the angsty aesthetic. On one level, this trend goes hand in hand with the major ’80s and ’90s comeback we’ve been seeing everywhere from New York to Paris and beyond. You can hardly think of the two decades without picturing the music and clothing that defined them. We’re talking torn denim and wild prints, especially plaid.
Patches and decals are giving Tbilisi street style its flavor along with refreshed retro hallmarks like visored caps and fanny packs. Neons are flashing here and there among other bold and bright colors.
Where you don’t see heavy boots cool enough for any basement rock show, you’re likely to see chunky sneakers and statement socks — yes, in some cases paired with sandals.
Tbilisi’s love for graphic embellishments includes wild prints and more than a few band T-shirts. Other unexpected details include knotted strands of pearls, decorative chains, and surprising animal motifs.
Apart from the fanny pack craze, there are also woven bags and Staud creations covered in netting, mirroring what we’ve been seeing throughout Fall 2018 Fashion Week around the globe.
Bringing a nostalgia of their own to the various vintage currents of Tbilisi’s eclectic mix, floral prints enliven skirts and flowing dresses. If these sweet designs are any indication, the off-shoulder look isn’t going anywhere, either.
In case there was any danger that these outfits couldn’t speak for themselves, another major trend involves the written word. Standout lettering decorates the backs of jackets, plastic bags, and branded apparel that represents Tbilisi’s unique take on logomania. — jas