Zeynep Tosun’s SS13 collection was inspired by the legend of the Phoenix, the bird who witnessed and recovered from the devastating end of the world three times. This story influenced a collection strong and wise, yet still brimming with soft femininity.
Dominated by the European and Asian influences of Istanbul, her birthplace, Tosun’s collections are generally characterized by high expressiveness and many contrasts, be that in material, colour, texture or style. Clothes were army apparel across a delicate palette of lilac, beige and icey blue with real metal caps and intelligent layering with sweeping nylon and chiffon enveloped by slashes of cleavage at the neck, front and side cutting a sporty luxe shape.
Pieces were complex in terms of layering, tailored feminine separates, dresses blazers and trousers were juxtaposed with tough buckles, spikes and strapping heels.
Beautiful hand sown metal mesh by Bartin locals shimmered down mysterious crème and black voile, like glistening morning dew cascading down delicate petals. Fabric was held in place by tough metal helmets to drape the wearer in a cloak of shimmering subtlety to frame the superb, yet complex tailoring.
A black dress nodded to the classic channel quilted handbag, simultaneously echoing the undercurrent of a riding jacket. Mostly all pieces used the neck as a centre point, with collars varying from spiked, chain mailed or integrated into a dress or shirt, a motif echoed from the previous collection, much like the sharply cut tailoring is holding the wearer prisoner.
With a career that began with Alberta Ferreti in 2006 leading right up until last season with her House of Evolution showcase, Tosun has both the knowledge of experience and youthful brand development that makes for an intriguing collection. With complimentary comparisons to the likes of Balenciaga, Zeynep Tosun is a designer who continues to be an aesthetically savoured Turkish delight.
Designer & Brand Info: www.zeyneptosun.com
PR Team: Katch PR
Article by Tania Willis
Photography by Alan Christopher Parker
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