Instanbul’s designers focus on the ’40s

Renee Minus White | 8/20/2015, 11:52 a.m.
Dutch designer Ilja Visser conjured up a collection of knits for the “Ready-to-Fish” fall ’15 collection, shown recently in Istanbul.
Fall ’15 designs by Ilja Visser for “Ready-to-Fish”

Fashion & Beauty Editor

Dutch designer Ilja Visser conjured up a collection of knits for the “Ready-to-Fish” fall ’15 collection, shown recently in Istanbul. She was inspired by Hollywood’s 1940s era. Think of how Lena Horne and Katherine Hepburn dressed.

On the Istanbul runways, Visser’s silhouettes are shaped to a T. Shoulders stand out. Dress and skirt lengths are below the knee. Sweater-knit tops with dolman- and three-quartered sleeves matched skirts. Scarf-shaped headpieces covered ears and partial necks to accentuate the look and help keep you warm. Prints are precious. Colors are vivid. There are some pants in this collection, too!

Visser embarked on her fashion career while attending a school of arts in Arnhem, the Netherlands. She also studied fashion in New York City and worked internships with Donna Karan and Maria Cornejo. Her artistic approach and fashion vision is shown in her designs. Her impeccable craftsmanship in tailoring is very noticeable. In fashion, a knowledge of how to shape fabric and gathering influences of contemporary innovations are key. Her collection exhibits an organic and sculptural distinction. This line follows her couture line yet shows more wearable, everyday clothes.

Her pret-a-porter line, “Ready-to-Fish,” was introduced in 2006 and established in 2009. Working on her collection in the design center of Amsterdam allowed her to bring all levels of the company under one roof. The main office, design departments, showroom, brand store and private client room are all located on the Prinsengracht. Her mission is to give women from all over the world the opportunity to indulge themselves with beautiful fashion and lifestyle products.

Also making a splash in Istanbul, Asli Jackson is known for being one of fashion’s most experimental and innovative designers.

“As a child, my attraction towards dresses was very instinctive,” she commented. In fact, she was attracted to everything about fashion.

“With the power of an unlimited imagination, one can become infinitely creative,” she said.

Jackson was educated at East Anglia University, London College of Fashion and completed her fashion studies at Fashion Institute of Technology in 2004. She has worked with Vivienne Westwood and completed design stints with Alexander McQueen and Lyall Hakaria.

For a second design line, Garderobe Surgery by Asli Jackson, she also re-contextualized unused clothing and produced a range of couture-inspired beautiful dresses. These clothes, made of recycled garments, help to stimulate eco-consciousness in fashion.