ISTANBUL FASHION WEEK Spring / Summer 2022 Day 3 & 4 and Highlights of the Week

On Day 3 and 4 ISTANBUL FASHION WEEK Treated us to the Eternal Allure of the Floor-Sweeping Maxi Dress, the Wizardry of the Avant-Garde Office Suit and the Transformative Power of the Humble Tracksuit.

 

All Image Credit Istanbul Fashion Week

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Denim gets even sexier – at Sudi Etuz

Day 3 and 4 of Istanbul Fashion Week Spring / Summer 2022 delivered a head-spinning cocktail of glamourous maxi dresses fit for balmy Istanbul summers evenings, a dose of delectable swimwear and cleverly cut sportswear, upbeat avant-garde streetwear and inspired workwear that’ll effortlessly let you make the transition from the office to meeting friends for dinner after work.

Bold and bright textiles dominated, with a good measure of monochrome as well as two-toned black and white in amongst the overwhelmingly multicoloured pieces. Shapes were often body-hugging and floor-sweeping, but we also saw skirt lengths rise above the knee in tune with designers’ new infatuation with showing skin, with frocks being shorter, tighter and more translucent than we’ve seen in recent previous seasons. Here are our picks of the key trends, enjoy!

 

THE SEXY MAXI

One of the key trends of Istanbul SS 2022 was the long dress, but don’t for a second be fooled that these were demure covered-up affairs! These creations are curve-hugging, cleverly cut, asymmetrical, layered with transparent tulle, chiffon, with cutouts and slits to the armpits and embellished with sequins and crystals and ooze sensuality! And they’re often accessorized with sky-high stilettos and platforms for added va-va-voom! This is by no means a season for the wallflower, that’s for sure.

Nedret Taciroglu’s exquisitely feminine and fairy-tale couture brand Nedo by Nedret Taciroglu’s wowed with a vast collection of dreamy dresses that spoke of great craftsmanship whilst Ogzur Masur Istanbul’s drapey creations in white, pastels and some in deliciously bold shades like cerise, tangerine and chartreuse, involuntarily conjured up a range of uber romantic getaway destinations to float around in while displaying these beauties. Sudi Etuz’s range of ‘street couture’ certainly has a lot of attitude. Take, for example, her rainbow-coloured tulle maxi dress worn over jeans and platforms – utterly inspired!

SBNM’s athletic-style collection in all its pastel splendor concluded with a strappy asymmetrical maxi dress that we simply couldn’t leave out of our little selection of favourite floor-sweeping creations – visions of powerful Sparta queens sprang to mind.

Ceren Ocak presented a collection of bodycon dresses, skirts, pants and tops that were reminiscent of the late master of the body-hugging dress, Azzedine Alaia, in the Nineties. These beautifully shaped, often asymmetric creations oozed raw energy and sensuality.

Ozlem Kaya’s sharp mostly black and white collection – with the addition of some gold touches – was one of the standout collections of the last two days at the shows: classic, classy tailored suits and dresses rubbed shoulders with floaty, colourful chiffon dresses – all-in-all a rounded collection of individual pieces that will sit wonderfully well in anybody’s office, leisure and resort wardrobes.

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Classic asymmetry and crystal embellishments – at Nedo by Nedret Taciroglu

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A sculptural shape – at Ozgur Mazur

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Rainbow-coloured tulle over denim –at Sudie Etuz

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Frills and sequins in this maxi dress – at Nedo by Nedret Taciroglu

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An asymmetrical maxi dress for a fit Spartan queen! – at SBNM

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Slashed lines – at Ceren Ocak

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Pure fantasy – at Nedo by Nedret Taciroglu

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A floaty tangerine gown – at Ozlem Kaya

 

SPORTY SPICE

The trend for sexy sport-inspired clothes has been a favourite with designers season after season but seldom has it been as prominently thrust into the spotlight as for Spring/ Summer 2022, with the renewed appreciation for and celebration of copious quantities of skin. Even traditional and conventional office wear got the sporty treatment, and why not? All you need is a pair of snazzy trainers to fully take advantage of this sexy trend that has swept runways all over the globe.

Designers that stood out for embracing this trend are athleisure experts SBNM, Ozlem Kaya with their ultra-sexy pret-a-porter and Ceren Ocak with their sharply cut body conscious asymmetrical pieces. Each of these designers put their own individual spin on a trend that is here to stay as fitness and beauty are having a renaissance as last seen in the Eighties and Nineties.

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Tennis, anyone? – at SBNM

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A dress for dancing in! – at Ozlem Kaya

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A shapely bodycon minidress – at SBNM

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Graphic beauty – at Ceren Ocak

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A tracksuit with attitude – at SBNM

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A slit that lets you move! – at Ozlem Kaya

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A corseted two-tone top and cargo pants – at Ceren Ocak

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Buckles, straps and drapes – at Cigdem Akin

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Pleats and lacy leggings – at Ceren Ocak

 

PLEATS PLEASE!

Pleats often make an endearing entrance in designers’ collection and this season was no different. We spotted pleats in a few brands’ offerings and thought they were too delightful not to include in our selection. Flattering and classic, pleats came in various guises, from box pleats and flat pleats to the sunray variety and tiered gathers – always an inspiring design trend. Here’s to being pretty in pleats!

Designers whose pleats we couldn’t resist on Day 3 and 4 of the shows were Ceren Ocak’s awesome nude asymmetrical trouser jumpsuit with its one-shoulder pleated capelet, Ogzur Masur’s striking pleated tangerine minidress, RED BEARD by Tanju Babacan’s flamenco-inspired frilly maxi dress and Tugba Atasoy’s ancient Greek goddess-inspired marine blue pleated dress.

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A drapey cape – at Ceren Ocak

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Sculptural pleats – at Ogzur Masur

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Flamenco frills – at RED BEARD by Tanju Babacan

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Classic pleats – at Tugba Atasoy

 

WORK >>> PLAY

Work suits have seldom been more playful and versatile. Designers like Murat Aytulum went to town with transforming the humble work suit to an ensemble that will effortlessly take you from work to play. We adore Murat Aytulum’s flower corsages on jackets as well as their sexy skirts and cleverly cut jacket collars.

Karma by IMA’s trousers suits with their fabulous pastel prints and belly-baring tops reminded us of Miu Miu’s SS 2022 collection where much flesh was on show, particularly in the midriff-section. This is the new way to approach a day in the office, especially if a night on the town awaits thereafter!

Ozlem Kaya put their own spin on workwear – sharply tailored pieces one can dance in! And pieces that’ll certainly let you make an elegant and smooth move from office to dinner after a day’s work. Tugba Atasoy’s avant-garde strappy jersey dresses and suits are most certainly the epitome of luxe and glamour mixed with a good dose of practicality, functionality and versatility.

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A peonie corsage – at Murat Aytulum

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A midriff-baring pant suit ensemble –at Karma by IMA

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Nude gets the avant-garde treatment – at Karma by IMA

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A sexy cropped jacket and stilettos – at Ozlem Kaya

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A crisp white scalloped and crocheted skirt and classic white shirt –at Tugba Atasoy

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A buttercup yellow suit with enormous slits – at Murat Aytulum

 

STREET SMART

Avant-garde creations were to be seen in various designers’ collection. The likes of  offered a range of inspired dresses, trousers and other pieces – wearable art no less. We loved the tucked leather pants that accompanied the blouse constructed with colourful disks! Mehtap Elaido’s nautically-inspired denim suit was another firm favourite and one in which you’ll definitely own the street!

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A frilly sleeved dress with comfy sandals – at Karma by IMA

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A nautical suit with salmon insets – at Mehtap Elaido

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A leather suits with charming tucks – at Karma by IMA

 

RED HOT

The colour of romance, of love, of danger … red as a fashion colour will never fail to seduce and clearly designers, season after season, include splashes of red into their collections. We loved Ozlem Kaya’s floaty, dreamy strappy maxi dress, Dice Kayek’s pleated and bow-embellished pillarbox red miniskirt and Nihan Peker’s tiered frilly maxi dress.

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A coral red drapey dress – at Ozlem Kaya

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The perfect gift! – at Dice Kayek

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Layers of red frills – at Nihan Peker

 

BLACK & WHITE

What would any Fashion Week be without a good dose of eternal fashion sweethearts black and white? Some designers opted for a combination of the two and others went for the purist, monochrome approach. Either way, we adore Murat Aytulum’s two-toned leather mini ‘bridal’ ensemble, Sudi Atuz’ frilly denim cowgirl attire, RED BEARD by Tanju Babacan’s Seventies-style flares and cape ensemble and Tugba Atasoy’s super classy tuxedo and crisp white shirt offering.

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Perfect proportions – at Murat Aytulum

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Frills and riding boots – at Sudie Atuz

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Seventies-inspired two-tones – at RED BEARD by Tanju Babacan

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A classic tux and white shirt combo – at Tugba Atasoy

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Frills and two-toned mules –at RED BEARD by Tanju Babacan

As drag ourselves away from a delightful week filled with extraordinary eye candy at Istanbul Fashion Week Spring / Summer 2022,

Until next time,

Goodbye and Güle güle!

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Seventies-inspired opulence and drama – at RED BEARD by Tanju Babacan

 

Watch Nedo by Nedret Taciroglu’s show here:

Watch Ogzur Masur Istanbul’s show here:

Watch Sudi Etuz’ show here:

Watch SBNM’s show here:

Watch Ceren Ocak’s show here:

Watch Ozlem Kaya’s show here:

Watch RED BEARD by Tanju Babacan’s show here:

Watch Karma by IMA’s show here:

Watch Tugba Atasoy’s show here:

Watch Murat Aytulum’s show here:

Cecile Paul

Author at Pynck

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