London Fashion Week
Autumn/Winter 2017
Designer: Zeynep Kartal

For AW17, Turkish born and UK based designer Zeynep Kartal unveiled her ninth season ready to wear collection titled: Constance – named after the legendary British florist of the 1920s – Constance Spry.

Constance Spry devoted years to the cultivation of particular varieties of antique roses and in honour, Zeynep’s collection features hand embellished antique rose motifs.

The 1920s were the Glitz and Glamour era and Kartal uses high gloss satins, soft faux furs, luxurious velvet and handmade lace to capture that vintage decade.

The collection yields a dynamic infusion of classic and modern, reminiscent of Spry’s past as well as a celebration for the future.

Featuring couture inspired silhouettes and ’20s tailored flapper dresses sporting silk fringes and ruffles and adorned with embroideries in Art Deco shapes.

Clean cut tailoring juxtaposes with floaty diaphanous fabrics embellished with polka dots.

Refined tailoring takes inspiration from classic pyjama styles which move from night to day dressing. Classic Tuxedo styles are softened in chalk pink to become more loungewear. Velvet gives textural relief and a sumptuous relaxed feeling.

Main colour palette is predominantly shades of dusty pinks which is inspired by Constance’s antique rose, but also features accents of seasonal peacock hues including deep emerald and pea green for a forest like quality.

With chalk pink and amethyst starring as the palette warmer for a look that’s more transitional.

Creamier hues are mixed with nearly black night shades in a refined way.

Fabrics include silk, transparent chiffon, organza, leather and handmade lace.

All pieces are made using couture techniques with an emphasis on clean cuts and elegant embellishment including piquant embroidery and delicate appliqués.

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Photographs by Simon Armstrong.

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