Lako Bukia’s designs are heavily entrenched in her Georgian heritage having previously been inspired by views of soviet era buildings and Georgian religion. Her AW11 collection is derrived from the Georgian National Ballet’s Men’s costume. This specific design theme saw a range of fabrics from classic floating chiffon dresses and skirts contrasted with black leather sashes to satin and sheers. Bukia also contrasted masculine and feminine as heavy leather boots were glimpsed through layers of the chiffon, and a glamorous red evening dress was embellished with gold armor-like discs. Leather was a prominent feature imbued into Bukia’s designs giving them clout and a powerful presence. This is symbolized by the leather bullet holders grafted onto delicate sheer shirts and around the tops of black leather thigh high boots. The boots themselves were a dramatic statement which reinforced the outfits. These were military inspired with reference to riding boots and Romanticism, made unique with weighted tassels and block heels and of course, bullets.
Bukia exercised varying application of texture with a range of wearable tailored coats, smart shirts, leather trousers, satin shirts with bellowing sleeves and flowing chiffon. The contrasting range of fabrics and tailoring were married together with a prominent palette of black and white, taupe and blushes of rose and wines.



Words : Amy Lockwood
IIllustration : Andy Bumpus
Photos : 1 - 8 Lucas Seidenfaden
Photo : 9 Ezzidin Alwan

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