"I wanted to explore existing parallel realities of Tbilisi. Eliava bazaar representing the vast majority of Georgian population struggling with poverty and dressed up ravishing women (models) demonstrating the rich minority, also struggling daily, but in the modern business industries as is fashion for instance." - Maka Kvitsiani
The location for this collection – TSEKA Garages, Eliava bazaar - was selected with a purpose. By placing dressed up beautiful models with full hair and make up in rigid remnants and relics of brutalist and constructivist architecture, Maka wanted to show the modern social inequalities. She explains: “I wanted to explore existing parallel realities of Tbilisi. Eliava bazaar representing the vast majority of Georgian population struggling with poverty and dressed up ravishing women (models) demonstrating the rich minority, also struggling daily, but in the modern business industries as is fashion for instance.By placing these two contrasting realities in one space, I wanted demonstrate the widening gap in between, which I think is not only Georgia’s concern but global, therefore by referencing existing issues, I hope to raise the awareness.” In the era of strong, definitive women, who are shaping our society, the timing could not have been better to bring back Maka’s often revisited and referenced, 80’s strong shapes - nipped waists, strong padded shoulders, pussy-bow blouses and high waist leather pencil skirts - as In the 80’s most workingwomen used power dressing in order to appear authoritative in the men dominated working environment. The style was achieved by using shoulder pads in suits, dresses and jackets to give a broader look to the shoulders. In order to capture the vibe of a hard working, independent woman and yet not lose the female form – the idea that has been carried across through all Maka’s collections - she cordially combines menswear gestures with feminine touches, mostly featuring multi functional dresses, embroidered details, close fitted military style cut upper body silhouettes, beaded accessories and two color synthesis (blending primary colors – red, black, purple and white with pinch of pink, turquoise, burgundy and blue shades, creating gradual transitions). Adding a slight touch of glamour with embroidered knitted sweaters, a long black/purple pleated blazer-dress with dramatic shoulders and colorful beaded pocket squares, black & white draped dresses and gold button detailed red suit.