We all know the big four – New York, London, Paris and Milan – but talk in the high-fashion world is that there may soon be a fifth city entering the game.
Istanbul Fashion Week is now in it’s tenth year and the city has serious plans to become the fifth fashion centre of the world. You may not immediately think of Turkey and style as going hand in hand in the same way you might with Paris or New York, but when you break it down, Istanbul proves a serious contender in the style stakes.
As well as the giants of the fashion world buying Turkish textiles to create their designs, there are four big reasons which show off how Turkish fashion genius is embraced and appreciated all over the world (and particularly by the big four fashion cities).
1 Bora Aksu
The London Fashion Week designer has fast become one of the city’s favourite stars. The young Turkish designer has attracted the attention of Dolce & Gabbanna (who actually bought some of his pieces to inspire their next collection) and has received worldwide acclaim. Having dressed the likes of Sienna Miller and Keira Knightley and collaborated with Topshop and Nike, there is no denying the power and prestige of his collections.
2 Hussein Chalayan
Despite living in London, Hussein shows during Paris Fashion Week – making him all the more powerful with two cities under his belt. His stunning collections are edgy, chic and never boring. When Cameron Diaz stunned in his red gown last November, the eyes of the world were on his work once again.
3 Zeynep Kartal
A young designer who has wowed both the high fashion crowds and celebrity worlds, Zeynep’s presence in our fashion world is ever-increasing. After spending her years dressing the likes of Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Amanda Holden, the talented designer now shows at London Fashion Week.
4 Erdem Moralioglu
Well, this man needs no introduction. Son of a Turkish father, this amazing designer first worked with the likes of Vivienne Westwood and Diane von Furstenberg. When he started pushing out his own collections, he wowed everyone. After dressing Kate Bosworth, Keira Knightley and Sarah Jessica Parker – to name only a few – he also went on to win Designer Of The Year at last year’s British Fashion Awards.
Whether Istanbul will in fact become the fifth city to join the rally of fashion parades each season remains to be seen but what’s for sure is that the country is responsible for some serious style!
By Amy de Klerk