Sunshine On the Side: Anouki SS’17

There was something different about Anouki Areshidze’s spring-summer 2017 collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Tbilisi. There was actually spring and summer in it. And levity. That’s a scare substance in recent seasons. On one hand, zeitgeist is heavy. On the other, designers eye trend forecasters and elbow for retailers. No room for silliness. Unless it’s SpongeBob, or some such pre-certified smiley corporate remedy. Keep things bankable. 16665567_1423413367683384_7198171561874962989_o 16707650_1423413381016716_321956277779693482_o Anouki pulled off quite a feat: an assortment of off-kilter garments without the high brow kitsch that takes the fun out of functionality. Folk motives appear contemporary and even the neon polka dot print cannot derail a sense of genuine excitement for the joys of warm weather inside or outside the city limits. Alas, not everything worked: applique on denim looked more at home on Etsy than at a fashion week and the literally half-shirt/half-dress pieces were a tad forced. Must be the zeal of the new runway converts. 16722824_1423412841016770_688100422181343877_o 16715969_1423412311016823_1666269890348418399_o 16707377_1423413374350050_5399018811956398564_o There is something else refreshingly earnest about Anouki. In recent years, the young Georgian brand made a point of selling exclusively to the domestic market with boutiques in the capital city Tbilisi and at the Black Sea resort Batumi. Judging by the latest creative effort, such admirable protectionist tactics won’t last for long. Mark you wish lists, fashionistas far and wide, Anouki is a-comin’! 16700582_1423412141016840_7659540672547960162_o     16601647_1423412834350104_7507996851977326910_o  
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