Words Thomas Brooks
Upon self-isolation, those in the fashion industry have vocalised their appreciation and nostalgia for fashion week – a widely celebrated event that takes place in multiple cities, a few times a year. This overview marks a year since my attendance at my first season, and whilst everyone loved the hustle and bustle and the after-parties – my solace and comfort were the runways and the fashion. Every season since has been no different. However, with this overview, instead of sitting front row, together we will be virtually backstage with ERDEM. The backstage is where all the drama is, and there is a lot to pick on…
Moralioglu’s work this season is rich in narrative. Every live performance on stage would have choreographed moves and cues, but what is important to us is a wardrobe befitting of each story and character. This collection embodies “the dichotomies of a dancer” as Moralioglu states. Exploring opposing ideals that can be seen together in an intimate moment of time. ERDEM has unveiled that curtain and is bridging the contrast between the rehearsal and the matinee. The art of performance that is synonymous with ERDEM taps into a critical trend for all of us: comfort-wear.
A composition of tailoring and pleats, or knitwear and cummerbunds. This is a collection of divine difference from each wing of the world as influenced by the environment we’ve created over the past year. One must add that there is cohesion in this collection, the ribbed knitwear does not become ostentatious nor secondary to any look, but rather forged into an equation with sharp pleats. Beyond the trends that are present, this collection is cleverly cultivated by the relationship of Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn – a public story with a wardrobe that crosses the candid nature of backstage, and the staged production on stage.
ERDEM’s FW21 Collection is all-embracing of the world we live in and the comfort level we need. True to the brand’s nature, 44 looks motivate us to bring the show home and to carry on dancing; but we can achieve avant-garde and recreate Swan Lake in some pleats and ribbed knitwear.