With the beautiful snow falling, The Turkish Group drew a big crowd at Industria Studios in NYC’s West Village. The mood was upbeat and the spirits were celebratory for those who braved the cold to support these three Turkish Group designers, Buket Ozkalfalar, Gokhan Ildeniz and Firat Neziroglu. Sponsored by the Turkish government and Turkish Textile Council, they each provided strong fashion visions for their New York Fashion Week debuts.
Buket Ozkalfalar’s collection seemed to be channeling a Goth version of Great Gatsby when her pen took to the sketch pad. On the runway, there were inventive visions of flapper dresses mixing seamlessly with futuristic frocks. Many of these pieces were accompanied with red carpet worthy black evening coats. Feather accents softened the collection and provided a whimsical overtone to these looks.
For fall ’19, Gokhan Ildeniz presented a casual vision of menswear. His streetwear collection was designed mostly in denim. The details included a serious dose of art-like touches such as whip-stitching, patchwork and inventive dyeing. On the runway, the clothes looked like they were broken-in and pre-worn with a comfortable feel to each piece. The roughly cut, raw, pelt-like furs added a rugged, almost costume-like feel.
Menswear designer Firat Neziroglu presented a collection that was pleasantly conflicted between dressy suiting and artsy-crafty, handmade separates. In some cases, the dichotomy coexisted on one piece such as rope closures on suit jackets or the yarn-based details on jackets. At other times, the two worlds were artfully mixed in an ensemble such as the heavy, hand-woven scarves that are worn over tailored outerwear. The designer’s giant, open-gauge, hand-knit cardigans were shown topping suit jackets and trousers.