The chokha, Georgia’s national dress with decorative bullet cartridges on the chest, has become a popular motif in local collections over the past several seasons. Today, designer Lela Eloshvili of the label Eloshi put her spin on the traditional costume, but unlike many designers before her who created more literal translations, Eloshvili modernized the look. A cool tight leather dress, for example, was pleated all the way up to the bust, where the signature set of cartridges worked to nicely define the silhouette. Another homegrown addition was the Georgian alphabet. The concept worked with a sheer shirtdress in a sketched leaf print that was dotted with the letters.
Eloshi is known for its accessories, especially footwear. (Shoes and leatherwork are big businesses in Georgia.) Some pieces that may have cross-cultural appeal include the kicky blue kitten-heeled boots and a pair of kitten-heeled pumps with large, kinky piercing rings attached at the front.