Not many fashion week shows start with a speech from the Turkish Ambassador – but, then again, not many fashion shows take place at the Turkish Ambassador’s residence. This season, Zeynep Kartal really upped the sophistication and the location reflected the vibes of the collection perfectly.
The first thing we noticed was the enormous amount of pink. It’s a colour we spotted at many of the shows, from Milo Maria’s office party on Day 1 to David Ferreira’s Freakball on Day 4, proving that this season’s power isn’t going away anytime soon. There’s no doubt, however, that the most elegant pinks of all were on the Zeynep Kartal catwalk.
Shades of petal, blush and mauve glided down the makeshift runway on lace, leather and silky tops draped as extravagantly as the curtains behind us. Faux furs, sheer detailing and beautifully layered skirts added to the opulence, with low-cut tops (another trend we spotted at many shows, including Lama Jouni) and horizontal lines to break up the fabrics. Minimal hair and makeup kept the look feeling modern rather than stuffy.
Kartal has quickly risen up the fashion ranks over the last few seasons of London Fashion Week, with every show becoming more popular than the last. It’s not hard to see why – her clothes are beautiful.
The AW17 collection looks breathtaking in photos, but it was even more so in real life. And even though we’d been surprised by the choice of location for her AW17 show, Kartal couldn’t have chosen anywhere more fitting: this was the kind of room where these types of clothes belong.