Situationist by Irakli Rusadze is one of the few Georgian labels that has had success internationally, and credit for that goes to model Bella Hadid. Since she wore a couple of looks early this year, the brand has gone on to show at Milan Fashion Week. Situationist is often compared to Vetements—and yes, there are some similarities, including the use of cuissardes and undone bodysuits—but Rusadze is coming into his own. His suiting is strong, and other tailored items like leather car coats and fat trenches have a special one-off vintage feel, as if they’d been lifted from a local secondhand store. On one piece, buttons spelled out Situationist down a sleeve.
Traditional clothing is a bit of a trend in Tbilisi at the moment, and Rusadze has a catchy way of infusing cultural motifs into his designs. Last season he put a Georgian flag on a shirt, and this time around he took oversize pockets from traditional Georgian dress and made them into a hoodie. You never know, maybe this cool homage to his motherland will end up on Hadid.
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