Atelier Kikala’s Fall 2016 collection may seem a little offbeat, but that’s only because the Georgia-based designer is inspired by the revolutionaries of decades past. Drawing upon underground pop icons, including famous photographer Nan Golden, and films from the ’80s and ’90s, the Fall 2016 collection combines eclectic, retro influences with modern, high fashion updates. References to the culture of post-Soviet Georgia and other republics give the line even more political depth, without sacrificing its commitment to flawless style.
Nostalgic references are none too obvious throughout the collection, yet they remain anything but dated. An A-line dress with puffed sleeves (something reminiscent of my mother’s own wedding gown) is reinvented with the addition of a gold metallic finish and midi hemline. Meanwhile, bold cartoonish patterns are placed atop elegant tulle garments featuring ruched necklines and sophisticated silhouettes. Atelier Kikala transforms a floor-length leather coat into a stunning masterpiece through an excess of volume. Despite producing overwhelmingly refined looks, it seemed the brand couldn’t help themselves to colorful, chunky earrings and elbow-length gloves – but who could blame them? After all, they were basically the best accessories to come out of the two decades.
In addition to effortless updates, the collection is truly notable for its unique craftsmanship. Known for utilizing hand-stitched and hand-dyed fabrics, the brand continues a tradition of individualized artistry, evinced in every seam and pigment that permeated the runway this season.