A collection of differences… and similarities

Once upon a time, I dreamt of becoming a fashion designer. As expected, I envisioned the runway show before sketching any designs. Faces of the models will be masked because it is never about humans. The focus is the collection and the modesl should look like mannequins, without facial features or hair. That vision still holds in my mind today and perhaps that is why I love Martin Margiela’s runway shows so much and it seems I have something in common with Turkish designer Erkan Çoruh. (His favourite designers are Comme des Garçons’ Rei Kawakubo and Martin Margiela!)

When I first saw images from his collection, I was immediately drawn to the details on the clothing since the faces of the models were all covered. The collection is primarily black, very wearable in my standard wardrobe colour palette and the designs are actually quite simple and minimalistic. It is refreshing to to see black being expressed in such an unpretentious and undemanding way. So many designers these days try to add on a lot and as a result, end up with very little.

Personally I think his real talent lies in mMnswear. His ability to envision a modern look while maintaining a consistent Islamic theme in his collection shows his potential for the global stage. These are clothes that reflect his heritage and yet, he has given them an updated and international look. I also like the gender-bending concept presented in the menswear collection.  Clothing is universal and trying to categorise them will only disconnect the real magic in style. Titled The Men & Women of Allah, the collection questions the role of men and women; the differences between men and women, traditions and modernism, classical and radical… And so we have here a collection of differences. And yet if you observe closely, it is also a collection of similarities. I believe that reflects the world we live in today.

We are all different but yet, we are all the same.

X Sybil

(Images from Erkan Çoruh)

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