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Atelier Kikala by Lado Bokuchava

This Georgian brand has a unique beginning. It originally started out as a photo studio called, "Kikala Studio." The team behind Kikala studio produced a series of photos in which they produced and incorporated their own clothing designs. As a result, buzz started to surround the clothes, and by 2012, the fashion line Atelier Kikala was born. Since its inception, the brand has garnered a huge celebrity following. Iggy Azalea, Sky Ferreira, Miroslava Duma, Natalie Joos, and more have all worn pieces from the brand. (Photos: Courtesy of Atelier Kikala by Lado Bokuchava)

10 Breakout Designers From Fashion’s Underground City

Yahoo Style

When you think of fashion week, the usual cities come to mind: New York, London, Milan, and Paris. But Mercedes-Benz (who ended their partnership with New York Fashion Week in 2015) has since explored other cities for fashion week. Such under-the-radar locations include Prague, Kiev, and most recently Tbilisi, Georgia.

Tbilisi is a small city nestled in between Europe and Asia. Although it has a population of only about 1.2 million, the city possesses a rich, diverse, but also convoluted history that spans many centuries. The Roman, Persian, and Russian empires have all ruled over Georgia and subsequently affected the city in many ways. Most palpable is the city's architecture, exhibited by its mixture of classical, medieval, Stalinist, and modernist building styles. And this melting pot of ideas presides over its fashion scene. Overall, Georgian fashion is hard to pinpoint to just one aesthetic. It's an amalgam of both traditional and modern styles.

Perhaps this is why the fashion world fell in love with Georgia’s most famous native, Demna Gvasalia, current creative director of Balenciaga and founder of cult-brand Vetements. Demna showed the fashion world a style that was nonconformist and entirely his own and which thrust him into the global limelight.

This talent carries through with the latest group of designers to emerge during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tbilisi for the spring/summer 2017 season. Ahead, we predict the 10 breakout designers to soon follow in Demna's very famous footsteps. Click ahead to learn about them here at Yahoo Style first.

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