Gentle music set the mood to the London Fashion Week show presented, acting almost as a meditative piece to the beautiful Erdem fall/winter 2015-2016 collection presentation. It was an intriguing set, without a doubt, while the first pieces walked out reminded us of Victorian ages quickly moving into the modern world. The shiny fabrics showed off a natural world with their prints, tailored close to the body. They continued on as skirts and the lower parts of fuller length dresses, while it was clear that the hem lines would not rise too far above the knees.
It appears that the London Fashion Week is full of designers from different ethnic backgrounds, including the Canadian-born British-Turkish Erdem Moralioğlu, more commonly known as Erdem. With so many cultures influencing his designs, it is no wonder that Erdem is able to deliver garments that would knock the breath from the women admiring his collections. The 37-year-old artist has certainly made a name for himself, having established his eponymous ready-to-wear brand in 2005 and having become synonymous with versatility and powerful femininity captured in each piece produced. He has a tendency to mix the delicate with the bold, the vibrant prints with the detailed craftsmanship, and is forever experimenting with different textiles.
The efforts put into his brand have rewarded Erdem with multiple awards, including the 2008 British Fashion Council’s Fashion Forward Award, the 2010 inaugural Vogue / British Fashion Council Designer Fashion Fund Award, the 2012 British Fashion Council’s New Establishment Award, the 2013 British Fashion Council’s Red Carpet Award, and the 2014 British Fashion Council’s Womenswear Designer of the Year Award.
Erdem took on the season’s trends and included his slits up the thighs, without making it too sexy. He even had a few slits up the center. He used lace along with the stiffer materials of his Victorian style clothing, with the red number with the thigh slit really capturing one’s attention. Light ruffles at the hems marked some of the later pieces, while we also had a few billowing lightweight textiles catching the win. Of course, since we started with a Victorian edge, that continued on quite nicely, finally giving way to long full length dresses with a knit and corded top and fluttering floral printed edge. Talking about the latest trends, we also had a few deep V plunges at the neck that took us by surprise, considering the more demure take on the line-up. Long sleeves or no sleeves, these generally fitted chest to waist and then flared skirts with their pleats and ruffles offered the perfect cut for the showcasing of these prints which could certainly help a woman blend in the gardens of England.
While most of the models seemed to be wearing black leather boots that reached the knees, some have black and white numbers on instead that came just above the ankles, while others took on the simple ankle boot. The edges of the tall boots were asymmetrical and over lined in a darker brick brown color, while some had the inverse effect, with the reddish hues falling at the center of the boot. They did match well with the leopard print pieces of course, while this was followed by a burst of color in red and purple. Without a doubt, Erdem was one of the best collections on the London Fashion Week runway yet!
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