Fashion & accessories from NYC to Istanbul

Renee Minus White | 12/26/2019, 1:33 p.m.
For the holidays in New York, Harlem My Love’s designer Claude Jay introduced a magnificent handbag collection.
AW'19 Designs by DB Berdan for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Istanbul Contributed

For the holidays in New York, Harlem My Love’s designer Claude Jay introduced a magnificent handbag collection. This season, he offers a reversible jute tote bag in five colors inspired by the vibes of 1970s Soho. Claude’s Black Brown collection are one-of-a-kind handbags in mud cloth and leather materials. Select black/white or purple/white color combinations. These bags are made to order. The Claude Jay collection is available at the www. HarlemMyLove.com. (And they also deliver.)

For their autumn/winter AW19 collection, designer brand DB Berdan wanted to create a space for their family where every individual can feel comfortable, included and, most importantly, safe. The collection continues to ramp up the ’90s silhouettes and turns them into combat style ready-to-wear pieces. In the collection, there was a coat of armor, oversized raver pants, aluminum foil- like puffer coats, pinstriped denim racer joggers, tartan trench coats and textured collage-style knitted pieces.

Key Fabrics and colors used this season included distressed two-toned denims, raw edges and earthy tones such as burgundy, army green, light brown and contrasting prints in neon colors.

DB Berdan uses safe-space symbols referencing WWII, incorporating historic imagery into acrylic-like tie-dye prints, and slogan tees. These raw slogans were printed in 100% organic cotton fabrics. The brand’s playful style is evident across the garments. Their personality is fully showcased and explored. They continue to bring a sense of pride and freedom of speech to this collection. “D” is for “diversity.” All models on the runway were uniquely clad.

DB Berdan’s socially advanced garments embrace every part of postmodern society in passionate and spirited streetwear. The catwalk show was styled by Kay Altamira, who brought a chaotic synergy to DB Berdan’s identity. Footwear came from Puma Turkey this season. Elaborate face jewelry was introduced by Inaurem. Other jewelry and rubber accessories were created by Prong Jewelry.

Hair by Daniele de Angelis from Toni&Guy highlighted each model’s uniqueness. Makeup by Lan Nguyen-Grealis and the @lamslondon team using Kyolan created scribbled beautiful messes continuing with the collection’s acrylic effect. Music by Smiley Vyrus brought queer hip hop

realness.

The brand has achieved great critical acclaim within the industry, with their collections being featured across publications such as Vogue UK, Vogue Italia, Gay Times, Paper Magazine and more.

Designer Deniz Berdan started her career as a fashion editor. Deniz is also interested in street art and has been doing rapidography and illustrations for a long time. She loves working with movement and enjoys combining historical figures with underground cultures and contemporary art.