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Wearing Georgian Designer: Tako Mekvabidze

Fierce,

I’m consumed by wanderlust. I want to explore the world and everything it has to offer. I want to be exposed to cultures that are different than my own. I want to meet people that change me. I’m in love with the idea of new chapters and fresh starts.


I’m in love with coffee shops in Fabrika Tbilisi. Sipping my coffee while I immerse myself in a new book that changes the way I view life. Pausing to watch the raindrops slide down the window. Realizing that this is where I was always meant to be.

I’m in love with small restaurants in Tbilisi, Georgia while enjoying my mulled wine. Learning about the simplicity of life. Making a new life for myself.

Handbag: Tessa Collection

I’m in love with any place that makes me feel alive. I’m in love with the idea that I have so much left to experience.

Don’t be afraid to fall inlove over and over again on anything around you, you will appreciate more what life has to offer. You will appreciate more your life and your inner purpose as a person.

Me and My Fierce Mama

Fierce,

Let me share with you a throwback trip that I did last year with Mum in Gudauri, Georgia to celebrate her birthday. So last February 2019 we went to Tbilisi, Georgia for the first time to explore the Georgian way.

Tbilisi is the capital of the country of Georgia. Its cobblestoned old town reflects a long, complicated history, with periods under Persian and Russian rule. Its diverse architecture encompasses Eastern Orthodox churches, ornate art nouveau buildings and Soviet Modernist structures.

This is my first trip with my mum outside Dubai, UAE and for me, this is something memorable. My mum loves snow since we were from the Philippines and it is a tropical country.

We don’t have snow (unfortunately mostly coconuts…) but fast forward, I surprised her a trip to one of the Ski resorts in Gudauri, Georgia where we enjoyed taking pictures at the snow but we have a fashion emergency. We forgot our snow boots that’s why even though we are enjoying so much the scenery. We tend to cut the trip off short because our feet couldn’t move. After all, it’s negative 7 degrees during that time in Gudauri. But to see the genuine happiness of my mum is what important the most to me. Her happiness is my happiness too.

Next time that I will visit a Ski Resort, I will make sure that I have the proper gear, outfit, and boots to slay with. For now, I cannot share with you anything fashion-related only the memories we had at Gudauri, Georgia.

It was an amazing trip and a very fast journey. We hired a personal driver at the Rooms hotel and they managed everything perfectly to us. I will go back to the place and next time I will slay it harder.

Stay Fierce in Snow!

Fierce,

2020 is proving to be a great year for both the mainstream media and the fashion industry. Shows including PoseAJ and the Queen, Next In FashionThe Barking MurdersAnnihilation, and Fleabag, all feature ensembles of leading actors that bring diversity and Inclusivity to the big screen.

At a time when our society has undergone a magnifying glass effect on racial injustice, an underlying issue that has perhaps never been solved –only politely tucked away, it is comforting to find a burgeoning amount of positivity and inclusion in an arena notorious for bringing all likes of people together.

 

As a biracial person, growing up it was hard to find my mirrored reflection or family dynamic in the roles of the stars that graced the silver screen and mainstream media. Pursuing a likeliness to people that I felt connected to was something I met with a shy disappointment, a feeling that I find many other ethnicities and creatives like me have shared. 

Wearing: Bally            Bag: JEOi6   Artiste Wood

On the rise, portrayals of people of color and LGBTQ+ community that go beyond the sometimes overwhelmingly uncomfortable and continual roles as slaves, prostitutes or drug dealers or awkward immigrants provide a sense of hope and more importantly the inspiration to generations. Movies, shows, and series where we can be funny, or kings and queens, scientists, hackers, and even otherworldly whimsical beings all help build a sense of self-worth and imagination. 

Pictures can act as a love letter to the community telling you that yes, you are loved, you can be anything, and you are important no matter who you are or what you are.

We live in a time where our society is becoming more vocal about concerns in the realm of intolerance. 

It is encouraging to find directors, models, bookers, influencers, bloggers, vloggers, creatives, PR’s, producers, and actors that are open to sharing and showing us to celebrate how different we may come in shape, and yet are found to be completely connected. It is by education, and visuals, and telling each other our experiences, in which we come together. 

Fierce,

Let me share with you something…
Last month I went on a secret trip to Paris for 3 days to attend a very special event and meeting with 2 big agencies. It is something that I can’t wait to share with all of you. 2020 is such a good start for me to be honest because it gives me hope to push harder, level up my game and evolve my whole packaging as a content creator. Paris is special to me because it feels like my battleground in fashion, it helps me to try new looks that I haven’t try before and meet new people in the industry with the same way of thinking as me on a creative side.

I am wearing a new favourite brand from Copenhagen, Denmark it’s Baum Und Pferdgarten, I love this brand because they know exactly what quality and design really mean with their products.

Wearing: Maaike Top and Nyo Pants

As I slay the streets of Paris, my whole look blends really well on the whole aesthetic vibe of the hotel. I got a lot of good feedbacks with this combo look as I paired with my oversized Georgian brand based in Tbilisi, Georgia.

I believe in building a wardrobe that is a good mix of luxury and streetwear brands. As much as I love to indulge in the seasonal trends, my regular purchases lean towards investment pieces with casual wear thrown into the mix.

Bag: Bottega Veneta

This February 2020, I will unveil the secret with my upcoming project for a brand that is close to my heart. Stay tuned for more slaying projects. Stay Fierce!

 

Fierce,

It’s January and it is the perfect month to start your 2020 with a bang. The best way to do it? Wear something sparkly to be at your most extra kind of look. For me, I always love wearing something bold and interesting outfits for my daily meetings and errands.

Location: Palazzo Versace Dubai

I want to keep my brand DNA strong and yet tastefully appealing. How to do it? When you pair a printed top wear something neutral and plain for your bottom. A good shoe will complement the look and a chic handbag to complete the whole look. When you wear a sequins top and bottom always make sure that your hair and make-up are simple and classy. Make you look on point by layering it carefully with the right accessory. For this look, I chose something edgy to make the editorial look strong and fierce.

Photographed by Lakshik Perera

I am wearing & Other Stories and what I love about the brand is that they always showcase curated pieces that are good for someone who is on a budget and yet wants to wear something special.

Outfit Details: Sweater & Fur Coat: Jakke London | Reversible Coat  by Flawless Coats

Fierce,

Have you experienced feeling a little down and you feel disconnected from everyone around you? Well, let me tell you something that I’ve been experiencing these past weeks. First of all, it’s not as bad as you think it is. It’s healthy.

When the people around you don’t understand you anymore, be alone. Listen to your voice away from their noise. Remember who you were before they imposed their lifestyles, opinions, and thoughts on you. Remember who you were before you met them or integrated yourself with them. Recharge your mind and your heart away from their energies. This is the time to be selfish. This is the time to ask for space. This is the time to find yourself again before you lose yourself in the crowd. Don’t wait until you no longer recognize who you are.

Photographed by Jamal Thomas

You need to be self-aware of the things around you. It will help you to become stronger and flourish yourself to be the person you always wanted to be. 

You’re starting to wonder if maybe you haven’t been making the wrong decisions but making the right ones in the wrong place. Saying the right things to the wrong people. Doing the right things for people who don’t appreciate them. Trying to live a certain way in a place that doesn’t support the kind of life you want. You need to go to a place where you feel safe and proud to live. Along the way, you will find all the reasons behind your struggles and pain. It will be the boldest and beautiful decision you will ever make in your life. Find yourself Fierce!

 

Outfit Details: Dress NÜ Denmark Fur Coat Jakke London


Fierce,
I’ve been holding this news for the past 6 months and I guess it’s time for me to share with you all my upcoming plans. 2019 was a very tough year for most of us and for me personally, I am grateful. I’ve traveled 10 times and I’ve experienced the worst things during 2019 but beyond that, I am happy for the person I am becoming. I am starting a new journey! Yes, you are right I am going to a new place and the beauty in starting over is that you get to let go of who you were in the past. You let go of what was holding you back and you let go of all the things that were weighing you down when you thought you were stuck – either in the wrong place or with the wrong person.

Why I am starting a new journey?

I want to evolve myself as a woman with substance. I want to grow as a person and find what truly makes me happy. At my age right now, I want to explore new things that I will never experience if I will stay where I am right now. — The beauty in starting over is that you get to choose.

Photographed by Jamal Thomas

You get to choose who you want to be this time without anyone telling you who you should be and how you should do it. You’re given a new chance to live life differently. You’re given a new lens to see life in a different color and you’re given another chance to redeem yourself, to fix yourself and get one step closer to who you always wanted to be.

When you decide to take a different road, when you do something that scares you and when you let go of something or someone that was holding you back – no matter how much it hurts, no matter how much you care about them, sometimes they pull you back when you were meant to fly and sometimes they silence your voice when you were meant to roar.

Location: Buckingham Palace, London

Fierce,

We were brought up to believe and understand that it is important to accept people as they are. That’s an upstanding principle to live by. And truthfully, life would be far more tolerable if we all applied this principle daily. If we could have a moment of honesty here, we just aren’t entirely capable of accepting everything that comes with a person. How I wish every person has a sneak preview to think if they deserve to get to know us or be part of our life.
You need to remember your values and what you believe in life.

Small Bag: Bally

It’s a matter of choice. Whether you will let things happen or you will control it not to happen. But most of the time fate doesn’t give us that power. Ethically speaking, we should always practice tolerance for fellow humans.


The past few weeks I’ve been thinking of unfollowing a lot of people on Instagram most especially in this wild city. Not because I don’t like them but it’s just that I don’t want to associate myself with people who have nothing to deal with me. I just want to unfollow them for me to breathe on my page and have my stand in everything that I believe in life. On a side note, it might affect some things and some people around me, but for me, I just want to take that risk and just move forward in life without thinking that someone is watching my stories and yet they couldn’t support me or do me a favor.

Handbag: Tammy & Benjamin

For me, You shouldn’t accept anything that causes you harm. most especially if it’s draining you so much. It’s okay to decide that you don’t want to deal with certain aspects that come with people.

“Accept my flaws and all,” is a common statement, but I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to do it. If the flaw presents itself as something that may be a deal-breaker for you, break the deal.

No one owes you anything so always keep in mind the same for yourself. You’re not in the wrong for being intolerant to anything less than what you deserve. And you deserve the world. Soon you will all know the reason behind this post and I am telling you that you will love every bit of that story.

Photograped by: Dawid Rus

Fierce,

Let me share with you the designer I am eyeing right now with her delicate taste, attention to details pieces and a master of colour swatches. It’s my good friend from Georgia, Tako Mekvabidze. She was known already in her home town as the go-to designer of the Elite people in the industry and now as she makes her mark on the international stage, just recently Kendall Jenner wore her Electric Green Oversized shirt as she walks the streets of Beverly Hills, California.

Peach Coat by Tako Mekvabidze

Last August 29, She has showcased her Cruise 2020 Collection in a big plaza of Batumi, Georgia. Where she showed pieces that were inspired by the sea and nature.
She used Delicate organza fabrics, natural garments, denim, straw hats, net bags in light shades of blue, pink and lemon yellow. She basically wants to show her childhood memories through this collection. She invited international press and media to showcase her passion and love for her craft in cooperation with the Tourism board of Batumi.

This show also aims to promote the beauty and uniqueness of Batumi to the world.

Opening their city to the world using fashion is such a great move. I admire Tako for being true to herself and craft most especially with her staff. I visited her showroom and I can see the genuine smile of her staff. Their passion shows how Tako treats them like a family. The trip to Batumi was very refreshing for me as it opens up my eyes on how Georgian’s love for their country and their hospitable attitude shows towards their guest.

I truly appreciate Tako Mekvabidze as a designer and a new friend where it gives me a warm feeling knowing a designer like Tako Mekvabidze is not just a designer but a true artist with a heart.

Fierce, 

Sometimes even the strongest FIERCE feels like giving up. Sometimes, you won’t get the credit you feel like you deserve. Sometimes, you’re going to feel like all the hard work you’ve been putting into a project has been a waste because nobody has been around to pat you on the back or remind you what a good job you’ve been doing. I have nothing to lose… I always try the best that I can to move forward as The Fierce Walker.

 “It’s especially hard being surrounded by individuals solely invested in connections based on your fame, nationality and what edition handbag you’re carrying. “

It took a lot of courage to challenge the status quo and be an Asian slaying outside of this city. I stop waiting around for other people to realize my value and start rewarding myself. I make sure that, even if the rest of the world can’t see what a good job i’ve been doing, i recognize it myself. It is very important to have a self-care and self-appreciation to everything that you do. 

Photographed by Lakshik Perera

I fought so hard to be where I am right now. Being an Asian, It is always a double standard most especially in this city. I always remind myself that, i don’t have to solve my whole life by questioning everything. I just have to show up and try. Focus on the most immediate thing in front of me. I’ll figure out the rest along the way. This is my journey and I am happy that I am not just living it but also fighting for something I believe in.

Styled by Samreen Kazi