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Friday, 18 February 2011

Dress Pins & Pirouettes- Erdem Spring/Summer 2011

London, September 20th 2010


Watching Erdem’s spring/summer 2011 catwalk show felt almost like being privy to a dreamy tryst between two lovers engaged in a spring fling. As a select group of voyeurs (which included Alexandra Shulman sitting beside Sir Philip Green and Elle UK Editor, Lorraine Candy), we watched, veiled beneath a loping tented structure that coincidentally was designed by Erdem’s architect boyfriend.




Backed by the soothing ballet hymn, Petrouchka, the first model almost danced onto the circular catwalk. She glided past in a virginal, white chiffon shift dress, with a floral appliqué design and strappy white lace shoes; I was love struck. Inspired by the Ballets Russes (French for The Russian Ballet—a ground-breaking, itinerant ballet that performed between 1909 and 1929), Erdem’s enchanted collection continued to delight us with prima ballerina silhouettes, created by fitted bodices with flared skirts and shoes (designed by Nicholas Kirkwood) that laced like ballet slippers all the way up the calf. The models swept past us one by one—as though dancing en point —in ethereal, floral print and embroidered dresses, with slashed or scooped necklines, nipped waists and flattering, slightly A-line or tiered lace hemlines. Her suitor followed swiftly behind, in floral print or plain silk blouses with mismatched fitted trousers or tailored short shorts.


The passion of the love affair intensified with the emergence of a bold red, all over lace dress. This suggestion of an underlying sex appeal was in fact completely new for the genteel Mr. Moralioglu. His final floral-printed gown had a thigh-high slit and floating train that oozed with summery sensuality and the frisky, full length skirts were sheer, adding a daring twist to the otherwise demure collection. Like the stirring sensation of your true loves sweet breath on the back of your neck, my spine tingled from start to finish. Erdem’s spring/summer 2011 collection was a whimsical and heart-stoppingly romantic affair.



Key S/S 11 Trends Identified: Stripes, brights, florals, pastels and the white blouse.

This was written for MOJEH.com as part of their online fashion week dairy: http://mojeh.com/

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