Zeynep Kartal’s SS16 collection featured structured silhouettes and played with intricate lace ball gowns with asymmetrical hems adding a contemporary style to the classic shapes alongside youthful pencil dresses and skirts. Other dresses had plunging necklines and exposed shoulders to create a feel that Zeynep says was inspired by modern day leading ladies, which contrasts against the column dresses that were inspired by past Hollywood legends. The catwalk presented elegant, simple and kittenish clothing all in one, showing what Zeynep believes to be all the “many facets a woman must possess to establish herself within modern society.

















The show was also said to be inspired by royalty and historical figures, which made the Freemason's Hall a fitting location with it’s high ceilings and portraits from the Romantic era. The collection transitioned from more versatile, darker hued tops paired with loose fitting trousers, to evening-ready strapless dresses and corseted bustier tops all tied together in a collection that exudes confidence and self-assurance, fitting with the fast paced lifestyle of the present-day woman.

















Brighter tones were toyed with creating folds and layers that bounced when the models walked, along with sharp lines that gave the feminine textures a more modern look. A-line dresses were reworked with asymmetrical closings and, lengths and shapes were experimented with in wide dirndl skirts and cap sleeves with characteristic embellishment.

















The intricate detailing of the lace was followed by transparent crepe and organza with clean cuts and detailed appliqués; the colour palette drew its inspiration from historical figures with regal navy's and dark reds mixed with varying shades of off-white.

Words: Andre Bogues | Fashion Week Press | @andredevb

Images: Amie Caswell | Fashion Week Photographer | @amiecharlot