Erdem Spring 2013 Ready To Wear: London Fashion Week Review
The first piece down the runway was a knee-length gray-brown python snakeskin dress accompanied by a powder blue blouson jacket that carried the snakeskin through into the trim. The following pieces in the collection continued toying with snakeskin and light pastels in green and yellow. Later, lace and a mesh-like fabric were incorporated, seen in the bodice of a dress and the overlay of another. Headlining colors included more powder blue and shades of pink, but Erdem made no secret of his love for color here as an expression of power and femininity. He did not shy away from bold bright prints or accents. Towards the conclusion of the show, elaborate gemstones were embroidered on tulle overskirts and three-dimensional creations on intricate lace tops.
The power of the collection was relayed through the pairing of differences, adventurous colors and the layering of fabrics. One could argue that Erdem presented his most modern collection yet. He referred to his collection as exploring the “Otherness,” which was certainly most visually evident in what he called his “uncomfortable color combinations.” He offered his take on the new-age edgy woman, yet stayed true to his aesthetic without departure from his fabrics: lace, tulle and satin, and style of choice: graceful and romantic. Erdem succeeded in creating quite a captivating show.
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