Runway Report: Erdem Fall 2017

Erdem, who is part English and part Turkish isn’t known to be a “political designer” however, his elaborate Fall 2017 runway show was a mesh of Turkish and English heritage elements. He wanted to pay homage to his cultures through the lens of fashion, and boy did he deliver. Turkish folk embroidery, pom-poms, and long-line kaftans walked shoulder to shoulder with English lace, ditsy floral prints, tea dresses and camel coats.

His Winter collection was filled with rich brocade and velvet; visions of a Turkish bazaar came to life with an emerald green, lavender, yellow brocade belted full skirt dress with gold velvet cuffs, matte floral bib, and mini pom pom piping. The same fabric was mirrored into a pair of ballet pumps, with black long ties up the legs. A magic carpet style printed velvet a-line dress with the irregular bottom was constructed with visible seams and pleats creating a pretty feminine silhouette. This was worn with matching floral printed velvet ankle boots.

The camel coat, in ode of Erdem’s English influence, got an upgrade for Fall with bright white floral embroidery along the lapels, cuffs and mid front panel. Paired with a mirror image of the same coat underneath, Fall 2017 is set to be a heavy-set, layered season where one coat won’t be enough.

After a melange of rich fabrics, dancing colors, textures for days, and feminine silhouettes, the show closed on a high with a violet and indigo full sequined kaftan dress with mid-way choker strap and silverish crystal beaded flowers. Erdem fulfills our dreams every season, and with his Fall 2017 collection, he also warmed our hearts.

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Sabi Datoo-Lalji is a British Fashion Editor and Consultant living in Chelsea, NYC. When she isn't dreaming about Valentino Rock Studs, Sabi can be found practicing yoga and finding zen-like havens for her blog ( Follow her whimsicle footprint on Twitter & Instagram @sabidatoolalji