Wednesday, July 8, 2015


Judging from the comments made after Patuna’s Autumn-Winter 2015-2016 collection in Paris, one either loves or hates the creations of this Georgian-born designer.

Patuna: vetvet ensemble
An enthusiastic spectator with multi-hued hair gushed, for instance, that the show was “spectacular, amazing”, while a dour man who seemed to be a fashion buyer said the designs were “not in the least beautiful”.

“I didn’t like it at all,” he told Tasshon. “That’s not the way to use fabrics like velvet.”

Some spectators applauded loudly, while others declined to clap, making a quick exit from the Hotel du Louvre, where the show took place on July 6.

“There was just too much going on with those dresses, and some of the models didn’t seem to know what they wanted to do,” said another viewer.

The event started with a performance by singer Flowr, dressed in black and belting out the single “Logo” in melodramatic fashion, with accompaniment from pianist Denis Horvat. That set the stage for the models who emerged onto the runway doing what seemed a version of the goose step. Whatever it was, it had many spectators bemused.

Patuna: lace gown.
To say that the designs were daring would be too easy. They were over the top, eye-catching and intriguing, and will especially appeal to people who appreciate evening wear in which baroque meets biker-rock.

These were gowns, in fact, that instantly conjured up the image of leaping onto a Harley-Davidson motorcycle to head to a Gothic ball.

Patuna said that her ideas spring from art and that she used the French capital for inspiration, mixing trends from the 1930s with modern themes.

“Paris and France always inspire me,” the designer told Tasshon. “I love the architecture and history. That's why I called this collection 'Moonlight in the Streets of Paris'."

Employing silks, laces, velvet, chiffon, and other fabrics, she produced dresses that indeed mixed various influences and perhaps also reflected her own background.

The designer
Born in Georgia into a family of artists, Patuna studied ballet, drama and art. She eventually went into the medical field and became a dental surgeon, but she left this sector seven years ago to pursue her passion - fashion - and is now based in the United States.

As one spectator noted, if haute couture fails, Patuna will always have something “to fall back on”.

But with her engaging personality and individual style, the designer seems sure to increase her following, and among clients rather than dental patients. - J.M. De Clercq and L. McKenzie

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