Erdem Darkens Up This Fall Season


In Erdem Moralioglu’s world, the garment is a canvas in which he decorates with his “paint”–beautiful signature floral prints. In fact, many relate him to artists with the exception of a different medium. Elle UK notes that “[he] chose to be inspired by Monet, through the eyes of Jackson Pollock.” Inspiring and accurate, especially referring to his previous pre-fall collection of 2011. However, on this occasion Moralioglu darkened his signature lady-like, light, and free themes to lead to a darkened, edgier appearance. The Daily Front Row notes that he added, “…enough black for a rock n’ roll edge.” In any case, causing reviews to be especially fair. His artistic ability to transform a simple garment into a piece of wearable art has granted him another good season.

Evidently, the Erdem’s autumn 2011 collection consisted of an array of garments with simple structure. However, converse to the simplicity to the garment structure, the prints were far from exhibiting simplicity. Moralioglu’s “paint” was mixed, splattered, and arranged in masterful ways. Despite the fact that some of the prints seemingly brought upon the image of dirty paint water, it proved to enhance the grunge look Erdem was pushing this season. Of all the techniques he used, I absolutely loved his tweed work. Seemingly–from the top a tweed garment was present, but then as you work your eyes down to the end of the garment, the tweed becomes deconstructed on a black “canvas”. It was very impressive to see–to even envision how an idea could be conceived in one’s mind. With a subtle style change Erdem still held signature qualities, holding strong to a saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”‘s Tim Blanks also said something profound relating to the collection saying, “The effect of this show was akin to that of watching Natalie Portman implode in Black Swan.” I’d have to agree; it was most compelling.

In its entirety, I’d have to say that I very much liked this collection–maybe even loved it! It was brilliant–even when inspired by a crazy wife!

Stars: 4.5/5


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