Saturday, 21 July 2012

urban warriors in style

Turkish young designer Zeynep Tosun is not a
johnny-come-lately to the world of fashion: born
in Istanbul, she studied illustration, digital fashion,
pattern design and fashion history in Italy at the
Marangoni Institute in Milan and held her debut
show in London on July 2006 following her graduation.
She was soon hired to Alberta Ferretti's design team
and therefore came to Rimini where she improved
her knowledge in haute couture.

catwalk photos 1 > 3 © by Alan Christopher Parker/ACP/Stylogasm 2012
After a year, Zeynep moved back to Turkey working
as a design consultant for local brands, took part in
young designers contests as well as in Esin Maraslioglu's
'Designloft' project (through which she had the opportunity
to conceive a 15-look collection) and came to establish
her own label designing custom-made couture pieces
as well her RTW collections that have been showcased
at Istanbul fashion week and also in London and Paris.

Zeynep's edgy AW 12-13 collection is strongly inspired
by a female warrior character, sort of a futuristic samurai
girl roaming the streets of the city in her menacing icy make
up, and it's smartly played on the contrast between stiff and
free-flowing shapes in a clever juxtaposition of old and
yet-to-come. A mythical aesthetic skillfully balanced
between Asian traditional clothing with eloquent tribal
hints and a super-modern urban androgynous heroine
in buttoned-up looks.

The whole collection is well accessorized, mostly
with beautiful bags ranging from small belt bags to huge 
knapsacks (the burgundy one with black cord straps
drives me bonkers)
complemented with silver 
collars and tooth-shaped fasteners.
A girl who won't definitely go unnoticed!

> all other images from the collection's lookbook <

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