We caught up with Georgian fashion oracle and street style star Anka Tsitsishvili in Moscow. She styles her H&M favourites and talks about her relationship to fashion.
When looking for young fashion talent and avant-garde dressed folk, we learned long ago that not all roads lead to Paris, London, Milan and New York. When we instead point our eyes to the east, emerging young talent seems to swarm the region. One person whose style immediately drew our attention was Anka Tsitsishvili. She's the owner of the Moscow-based boutique INDEXflat that carries designs from Russia, Ukraine and – of course – Anka's native Georgia, and Vogue had called her the unofficial ambassador for Georgian fashion and describes her style as transcontinental. We can do nothing but agree.
Putting Tbilisi together with the words fashion and week may feel unaccustomed at first, but when you see the designs coming from the country and region as a whole – it's evident we've all been missing out.
When photographer Adam Katz Sinding went to Moscow, he met up with Anka who, for a change, was dressed in Swedish designs. Judging from Adam's snapshots, she definitely pulled that off as well.
WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGNER?
"Hmm…. My wardrobe is full of Jenia Kim, Ketevane Maissaia, Ria Keburia, Tatuna Inby –side by side with Dries van Noten, Yohji Yamamoto, Rei Kawakubo, Uma Wang and J.W. Anderson. I can't tell you just one."
WHO IS YOUR STYLE ICON?
"I think Diana Vreeland and Manuela Pavesi."
WHAT IS YOUR SIGNATURE STYLE?
"Oversized, comfortable and bold."
I would describe the importance of fashion with these four words: culture, history, art and pleasure.
WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE ON EARTH?
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD?
IF YOU HAD TO LEAVE YOUR APARTMENT IN A HURRY, WHAT WOULD YOU GRAB?
"Wallet, keys and phone."
WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO LOOK?
"Jeans, white T-shirt and interesting outerwear and footwear."
WHY IS FASHION IMPORTANT?
"I would describe the importance of fashion with these four words: culture, history, art and pleasure."
IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN HISTORY, WHAT FASHION ERA WOULD YOU LIKE TO LIVE IN?
"The 1950s and 1960s."
WHAT ITEM WOULD YOU NEVER PART FROM?
"[My] Escentric Molecules [perfume]."
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD?
"Free as a bird."
WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY FASHION PLEASURE?
"Shoes from Ketevane Maissaia. Each season, a new colour – that's how it goes."
WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO MEET?
"They all died :("
WHAT DO YOU NEED RIGHT NOW?
"To be by the sea for at least two weeks."
WHAT IS YOUR LATEST BEAUTY DISCOVERY?
"Underwear from Marieyat."