Turkish designer’s new collection blazed a trail in fashion world

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One of Turkey’s most well-known fashion designers, Zeynep Kartal Showcased the SPRING SUMMER 2017 this season’s collection as part of a charity show at the Houses of Parliament on Saturday 17th September 2016

The Spring Summer 2017 Zeynep Kartal collection “A Royal Romance” celebrated inspirational female Royals who have resided at Buckingham Palace. As an intertwinement of elegant, modern and traditional touches, “A Royal Romance” has been the first fashion show that ever took place inside the Houses of the English Parliament.

Inspired by traditional 18th Century vintage Rococo designs in floral forms, hidden in the Palace interior, the designer references formal dressing from past to a more current contemporary woman. Kartal shows an affinity to the iconic women who have established themselves within modern society.

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This collection presents a strong feminine silhouette infused with romantic flowing fabrics and delicate luxurious textures. Between the haze of florals, decidedly ladylike shapes run throughout the collection across high neck blouses and nipped in waists, subtle expressions of the female form can be seen on sleeveless dresses and intricate rose embroidery on sheer tulle layers that grow up the dresses like weaving vines.

Separates in this collection provide key day-to-evening looks for the glamorous woman living in a fast paced society, as the more daring tailored shorts and wide legged trousers are paired with Tuxedo style blazers enhancing the female form. Signature Zeynep Kartal gowns come in a variety of complimentary styles from full skirt debutant affairs to demure, sophisticated column dresses.

Taking inspiration from the rich colour palette of the monarchy archives, Kartal has strayed from last seasons monochromatic palette with a colourful display of khaki, dusty lilac, champagne, aubergine, Ivory and blush pink.

Zeynep Kartal garments are made using the finest natural fabrics, including silk, transparent chiffon, organza and handmade lace. All pieces are made using couture techniques with an emphasis on clean cuts and elegant embellishment including piquant embroidery and delicate appliqués.

At the end of the catwalk, Kartal also personally introduced her masterpiece, “the Democracy Bridal Dress”, adorned with flowery modern touches yet preserving traditional bridal textures on it. Kartal, in her speech said that she dedicates that piece to the heroic Turkish civilians who overcame the attempted coup with the leadership of the Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

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