The fifth Istanbul Fashion Week, which was held last week between September 7th and 10th, hosted a large number of young Turkish designers as well as a small number of Turkish brands. Press members from Italy, Germany, Spain, and many other countries attended the shows to report back on what took place at IFW this year.
The week took off with a mixed show of İpek Arnas, Aslı Güler, and Jale Hürdoğan, and continued with the socially-responsible brand Argande’s show. The first day of IFW ended with the shows of Atıl Kutoğlu and well-known brand Tween, where Matt Dillon was among the audience. In addition to the tent set up in Tepebaşı in front of the TRT Building, some designers chose other locations for their shows. Gül Ağış’s show “Hammam Decadence” took place at the historical Galatasaray Hamam, while Mehtap Elaidi introduced “Istanbul Tılsımları,” her Spring/Summer 2012 collection that will be shown during Paris Fashion Week, at Spoil. Atıl Kutoğlu, Özgür Mansur, Cengiz Abazoğlu for adl, and Hakan Yıldırım for Koton were among the sought-after shows of the week.
Of the 22 fashion shows that took place over 4 days, Lian Kebudi and Ezgi Kıramer chose to attend the mixed show of the first day, Niyazi Erdoğan, Atıl Kutoğlu, Hakan Yıldırım for Koton, and Simay Bülbül.
Here is what they had to say about the fashion shows:
Mixed Show (İpek Arnas, Aslı Güler, and Jale Hürdoğan)
E+L: “The pieces in Jale Hürdoğan’s collection ‘Stigmatization’ were quite vamp and fierce. We thought that İpek Arnas’s innovative knitwear was fun. Aslı Güler’s collection was inspired by the girlie look of the 50s-60s and featured a lot of short, high-waisted skirts, colorful scarves, and raincoats.”
E+L: “We liked the unity between all the details within the collection and how they supported the concept. What first grabbed our attention were the color palette and the art deco prints on tshirts and shirts. We really liked the crocodile belts, sunglasses, jeans, and the details of the pants. With this collection, we can clearly see that Niyazi Erdoğan has grown and developed as a designer.”
E+L: “We found the men’s collection to be very fresh and new. We liked the color combinations, suit cuts, the combination of shorts and jackets, and portfolio bags. We were less impressed by the women’s collection as it was filled with striped caftans and patterns that we’re used to seeing from Atıl Kutoğlu. Yet, we really liked the grey and yellow striped fabrics as well as the day-time looks.”
Hakan Yıldırım for Koton
E+L: “This was one of our favorite shows. As always, Hakan Yıldırım created a chic collection of evening gowns. The color palette consisted of black, fuchsia, midnight blue, purple, and ecru. We really liked the high-heeled, pointy shoes as well as the details in the hair and make-up.”
E+L: “Simay Bülbül is an expert when it comes to leather. We loved the zipper on the side in the short black dress—it’s punk but also chic. We loved both of the white dresses—they feature great leather work, and the contrast between the leather and chiffon is beautiful.”