New collection in inspired by contemporary dance, fascinating about women dancers movement and body plastic.
Lako Bukia was born in the city of Tbilisi, Georgia. She did her first BA at A. Kutateladze Tbilisi State Academy of Art, where she graduated with a BA in Fashion and Textiles Diploma. After graduation Lako went to London and did a second BA at the prestigious London College of Fashion specializing in Womenswear. Meanwhile, she started her own luxury label LAKO BUKIA, which has been shown at London Fashion Week for 4 seasons as well as various catwalks and showrooms in Paris, Berlin, Kiev. In 2012 Lako opened her boutique in Tbilisi, Georgia. That same year she added a diffusion line, Lolo by Lako to the brand. The same year Lako moved to New York to do a Master’s Degree at Parsons, The New School for Design. In the summer of 2014 she successfully graduated from the MFA course and returned to Georgia to focus entirely on her brand.
After returning Lako changed the concept of LAKO BUKIA and concentrated more on making self-made fabrics with digital print.View Gallery
For her S/S 2020 collection, LAKO BUKIA has taken her main inspiration from 90’s style, silhouettes and details. Her print ideas came from the flowers, she took photos of herbarium, which she made herself. Whole collection is around 90’s style of women, who is happy, open to new things, ready to party and exploring the world. Continuing with her inspiration, she started playing with colors and different fabrics. The collection still looks very feminine and elegant. As the highlight of the collection, we come across the signature prints of LAKO BUKIA as well as mini skirts, vegan leather jackets, dresses, skirts made with unique use of colors.View Gallery
For her F/W 2020 collection, LAKO BUKIA has taken her main inspiration from sportswear silhouettes and details. Her inspiration comes from sixties-seventies sportswear style. Her print ideas came from the Georgian winter resort -Bakuriani, while she explored the place, she took pictures of different surroundings. Georgian fruits covered with snow became main inspiration for the new season prints. Continuing with her inspiration, she started playing with colors and different fabrics. The collection still looks very feminine and elegant. As the highlight of the collection, we come across the signature prints of LAKO BUKIA as well as mini skirts, synthetic leather jackets, polka dots, trousers and feminine raincoats.View Gallery
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.
For her S/S 2019 collection, LAKO BUKIA has taken her main inspiration from Colors. She got inspired as she walked in a store and saw Acrylic material. Lako Started experimenting with colors and started to take photos. Continuing with her inspiration, she started finding color gradation in different things, like walls of old buildings. For more soft and feminine looks she focused on knitwear, formed in vivid colors. As the highlight of the collection, we come across the signature prints of LAKO BUKIA. All the print fabrics have been created from her photos that she took of various Walls in different parts of Georgia. The collection is filled with Femininity, softness of the fabrics, bright colors and the spirit of the past.
Lako Bukia conducts her 2017-2018 Fall Winter Womens Runway Catwalk Looks during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tbilisi in Georgia.
Styles: outerwear coat parka, quilted waffle puffer, sheer chiffon tulle organza, ruffles frills, photo print abstract landscape woods branches, shirtdress, blouse, one shoulder, harlequin diamonds checkerboard, knitwear weave, sweaterdress, robe, sleeveless vest, turtleneck, lace embroidery, bell sleeves, dress, skirt frock, silk satin and chelsea bootsView 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