The designer took us on a journey all the way back to her ’90s Georgian hometown, set on the Boulevard of Batumi; white pillars, seashells, sand and childhood memories filled up the venue. Nostalgia permeated the runway as models walked down wearing exquisitely feminine silhouettes made using a range of shades merged with inspiration from the sea and nature from her city.
Garments from ruffled skirts and matching tops to straw hats, net bags, and seafoam pearl sequins in shades of baby blue, pink sherbet, and lemon yellow all further painted childhood memories throughout. Her collection truly embodied the effortless, romantic feel of the Adjara region’s summer breeze.
If Batumi wasn’t already at the top of your list of must-see destinations, Tako Mekvabidze makes an invitation best answered. Her design process pays homage to the culturally rich city she grew up in and its many offerings: from ancient and unbroken culture, untouched flora, lush mountains, and of course the vast Black Sea. Tako truly reminds us how important it is to celebrate and mine our respective cultures while not compromising our individuality and unique vision within design.