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Bold design of young Mariam Gvasalia at Riga Fashion Week opening

Design - April 6th, 2017 - View the gallery

A metallic overcoat-dress sidled into the runway of Mariam Gvasalia ’s AW 17 presentation in a refreshing shade of robin’s egg blue, affirming the creative direction of Mariam Gvasalia immediately. The pastel shade echoed throughout the collection, anchored by soft greys and liquid copper.

The young designer from Georgia certainly showed off her finesse in colour composition by sending out sudden lipstick reds and ultramarines after the first eight looks. The bold play in colour was a pleasant deviation from the traditional autumnal palette that we see so often.

Additionally, Gvasalia took another step into the tropical foliage trend of yesteryear and made it her own by hand painting fern prints into pale shimmers and dark green greys. Echoing the shadows of vegetation was a brilliant jacquard fabric that came out later in the show as a trouser, skirt, and a full look. Voluminous but gentle in its silhouette, the deep-cut v-neckline and lapels of the coat-dress were pleasant surprise.

Shine was kept consistent throughout the entire show and the well-considered surface decoration and attention to structure was a welcome sight to the eyes as she layered colours under sheer whites, ran threads of black sequins throughout entire garments for peek-a-boo detailing. Mariam Gvasalia displayed the perfectionist cutting that she is starting to get known for in her work.

Despite the strong mix of textures and fabrics in a number of looks, the collection tastefully put together and hardly over-styled. With the exceptional hand-painted shoes, each look was an individual and well-oiled cog in the machine that was Gvasalia’s polished and contemporary collection.

- Words by Jacki See -