The first thought coming to mind while watching Zeynep Tosun’s A/W 13 show was haute couture, and it is not surprising. After studying at Italy’s Istituto Marangoni, the Turkish fashion designer worked for Alberta Ferretti, developing high craftsmanship and artistic skills that allow her to create pieces with an exclusive feeling, even if part of a ready-to-wear collection.
The backbone of the show was a mix of East and West references, mirroring the designer origins. Baroque prints, golden sequins and embroidered blouses were matched with Victorian ruff collars, oversize coats and cowboy-inspired, flower-embossed leather jackets and boots. The result was a luxurious, yet decadent overall impression.
The palette was mainly composed by rich colours, from a stunning snow-white to a lavish yellow-earth, ending with cardinal red and several total black outfits with a strong gothic feeling. The sensual combination of materials, like leather, velvet and sheer satin and the strategic use of cut-outs, ruffs and structured shapes gave to Tosun’s woman a dangerously beautiful allure.