A collection saturated in jewel colours, Zeynep Kartal’s offering for AW14 (and her LFW debut) was one that delighted the Fashion Mode girls. Androgyny was left at the door – the leading ladies hit the catwalk.
Classic Hollywood glamour was channelled, combined with an architectural take on Neo-Gothicism and Art Nouveau (inspired by the designer’s milieu in her Manchester home).
Velveteen blue, deepest burgundy, teal, pewter, contrasting ivory and black, and dazzling metallic shades merged in a notably autumnal colour palette. The rich hues were brought to life by a variety of textures; intricate lace hand embroidery, sumptuous velvet finishes and metallic applique all screamed exuberance. Elsewhere, racy crepe georgette, ravishing mesh and luxurious silk were seen on the sultry designs.
Iconic women of Hollywood, from Rita Hayworth, Grace Kelly and Lois Wilson, served as fascinating muses. The looks were feminine and sensual, from a bridal-worthy gown to a ravishing semi-nude leotard, via directional two-piece suits and cocktail length dresses. The female form was continually accentuated through plunging necklines, nipped in waists and sequins, which fiercely caught the light.
A divine show-stopper of a collection, the opulent looks were complemented by burgundy lipped models with dramatically bouffanted hair.
The stand-out design? A delicate cream floor-length twisted tulle coat, which accumulated Kartel’s Gothic revival inspirations, and was paired with a gold glitter one-piece in a flourish of excellence.
Fashion Mode recommends paying close attention to Zeynep Kartal’s inevitable rise. Unadulterated sparkle is having its moment.
Originally posted on Modezine
Images from Vogue