Erdem’s Pre-Fall 2014 collection lends itself well to occasion dressing, with filigreed fabrics, tapestry prints, and crystal embroidery stealing the scene. Although contemporary artists like John Currin and Balthus are namechecked on Erdem’s mood board, their aesthetic, which captures odd human angles and flawed features, is a curious jumping off point for a presentation so beautifully articulated. His soigné gowns bear festive patterns and luxe touches like lace overlays, floral appliqués, and velvety finishes. Structured tailoring brings posture and elegance to stiff silhouettes and full skirts for an added layer of femininity.
Erdem Moralioğlu’s sleeveless frocks, schoolgirl shifts, and floor-sweeping gowns fold in European decorative aspects with unrestrained modern style. He explores opulent textures for pre-fall with touches of Italian brocade and eel skin used as cornerstones of the collection. Although formal occasions are the perfect excuse to trot out an Erdem piece, the designer is keen to include functional pieces like crystal-adorned T-shirts, slouchy trousers, and shell tops that also work for day.
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