Full-length dresses take the hon­ours at Er­dem

The Hamilton Spectator - - STYLE - GRE­GORY KATZ

LON­DON — Buy­ers, de­voted fans and jour­nal­ists — in­clud­ing Amer­i­can Vogue ed­i­tor-in-chief Anna Win­tour — were en­joy­ing spring­like tem­per­a­tures as they viewed a wide range of of­fer­ings Mon­day at Lon­don Fash­ion Week.

The evening shows capped four days of shows high­light­ing Lon­don’s sta­tus as a fash­ion hub to ri­val Paris, Mi­lan and New York

The Er­dem show at the Old Sel­fridges Ho­tel showed a re­mark­able unity of vi­sion de­spite a wide range of colours, fab­rics and mood.

Canada-born de­signer Er­dem Mo­rali­oglu fo­cused al­most en­tirely on long, tightly fit­ting, ul­tra­fem­i­nine dresses. In­stead of ex­pos­ing wide swaths of his mod­els’ flesh, as other de­sign­ers are do­ing, he chose to em­pha­size the fe­male form in its en­tirety, only rarely choos­ing to un­veil a hint of cleav­age.

Most of the out­fits fea­tured high necks and long sleeves with elab­o­rate de­tail­ing, in­tri­cate bead­work and del­i­cate em­broi­dery. Over­size coats or high boots seemed to ex­plode with colour. The beauty was in the de­tail­ing, which gave each piece an in­di­vid­ual feel.

Some were sparkly, some were sub­tle and sub­dued. De­spite their dif­fer­ences, the pieces com­ple­mented each other, mak­ing the en­tire col­lec­tion come alive.

MATT CROSSICK/PA VIA AP

The Er­dem au­tumn/win­ter 2017 col­lec­tion shown at Lon­don Fash­ion Week on Mon­day fea­tured long, fem­i­nine dresses with elab­o­rate de­tails — a con­trast to the skin-bar­ing de­signs of other fash­ion houses.

EA­MONN M. MCCOR­MACK, GETTY IM­AGES

Er­dem’s dresses were al­most en­tirely long, fit­ted and fea­tured a wide range of fab­rics and moods.

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