Over the past several collections, Lako Bukia has strayed from her signature focus on prints. That’s not a bad thing. Her knits are a great reflection of the Georgian tradition of knitwear. A candy cane cardigan made of red and pale pink stripes came long, coolly fastened at the waist with a gold chain. It would have been nice to see more variations of this.
As for those prints? They made a pretty splash in a pattern reminiscent of dripping water colors. One striped shirt and trouser set came striped in pinks, blues, and greens. While that look seemed overly grown up, an incarnation as a polo and a pair of loose shorts will surely attract a younger customer base.View Gallery
Lako Bukia’s signature is graphic prints, typically focusing on Georgia. She takes photographs, enlarges them, and transfers them onto sometimes sheer clothing.
But Bukia has far more to offer than prints. For Fall, she is branching out and has started working with knitwear, something that she studied at Parsons School of Design. Her skill in the technique is evident: A tank and pants set checked in red, blue, pink, and white was a standout. Her vinyl jackets also looked good—a white puffer had checked knit sleeves, creating a cool mixed-media effect. She should work more with knitwear. It’s a huge industry in Georgia with a rich history, and Bukia could easily become a leader in the fieldView Gallery
Founder: Lako Bukia
Year established: 2009
Known for: The designer typically uses self-made prints in her pieces
Spring 2017 inspiration: Bukia took photos of post-Soviet buildings and the countryside in her home country of Georgia and used the images as prints on dresses, pantsuits, and cropped jacketsView Gallery