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Istanbul Fashion Week autumn/winter 2013/14 trend report

Turkey’s fashion designers took to the catwalks of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Istanbul last week to showcase next autumn’s trends and it looks as though black is definitely back. Dalia Mortada reports from the runways

Dalia Mortada,

Black is back
As ADL + Cengiz Abazoğlu’s collection showed, black is the colour of the autumn/winter 2013/14 season, from the eye-catching all-black gown with lace detail at the top to alluring olive-toned bottoms with black accents. The show’s title, Black is Back, appears to have been the inspiration for other shows, as Özlem Kaya’s line also centred around the darkest shade. Silver and gold sparkled among black bubble jackets and skirt suits. Meanwhile, Soul by Özgür Masur introduced black’s counterpoint: white. The extensive collection included sensual yet elegant dresses and trouser-and-jacket ensembles, all in white or all in black. Simay Bülbül’s show featured a similar concept, with extra verve: slick black leather trousers and skirts contrasted with white flowing dresses in her black and white collection.

Ready to wear
Niyazi Erdoğan’s collection, featuring men’s suits, looks ready to go straight from the runway to the stores. The line’s simple colour palette featured many shades of grey with splashes of red and blue throughout, and practicality shone through with raincoats and warm jackets for the autumn/winter season. Tween’s menswear was more casual, with white-washed jeans and warm sweaters, but both collections shared something in common: cropped styles that showed the ankles. 

A little of everything
Industry veteran Atıl Kutoğlu lived up to his reputation as a designer who does it all by presenting an extensive show with lines for both men and women, covering everything from outerwear to eveningwear and using a broad range of colours from pink to gold to black and everything in between. Similarly, Hakan Akkaya’s broad collection could have been presented as three: one that featured plaid suits and long plaid skirts, another that centred around vibrant blue, and a third that focused on simple black and white designs. Geometric shapes made an appearance in both collections, albeit sporadically, and Akkaya’s uniquely shaped hats and fur scarves stood out.

Simple is key
In contrast, designer Mehtap Elaidi, a long-time fixture on the Turkish fashion scene, kept her colours simple, preferring black and white with splashes of cherry red throughout her collection. Very loose silhouettes and draped garments graced the runway on models wearing low-hanging skirts and trousers. On a similar note, Nej, Nejla Güvenç’s label, also went for fluid looks and Güvenç added folds of fabric and flowing designs to her collection. The Nej collection went further than the stark simplicity of black and white, straying into pastel pinks against bold browns and light green against pewter grey.



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