It’s that time of year when the fashion industry is at its most productive, most diligent, most thrilled state. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week will run March 21-24 at Grand Pera. Below you’ll find our favorite Turkish designers and why you should keep an eye on them and where to find their collections in Istanbul.
Why? From her ready-to-wear collection, confident and chic women’s shirts and skirts as well as elegant dresses stand out. Her avant-garde couture collection, often described as experimental and neo-romantic, explores untouched territories ands blends them with romanticism.
Runway show: March 20, 8:30pm
Permanent address to find collections: Büyükçiftlik Sokak No.12, Nişantaşı; T: (0212) 240 57 38
Why? 6 years of professional experience don’t go unnoticed. Her strong style catches your eye from a distance.
Runway show: March 22, 11am
Permanent address to find collections: Akkavak Sokak Hacı Ömer Apartmanı No.18/1-2, Teşvikiye; T: (0212) 236 37 83
Why? Erdoğan is a distinguished name in menswear in Turkey. His designs are generally toned-down versions of classic cuts and designs for a younger audience with a touch of architecture involved.
Runway show: March 23, 8:30pm
Permanent address to find collections: Erdoğan doesn’t have his own boutique, so you’ll need to visit the L’Appart PR showroom. His rucksack brand NiYO is only available on bywonderland.com. Abdi Ipekçi Caddesi Ziya Karahan Apt. No. 2/18 Nişantaşı; T: (0212) 240 34 57
Why? Mother-daughter duo’s uncommon and profound designs hold a distinct personality and ideal for those who want to stand out.
Runway show: Mercedes-Benz presents DB Berdan, March 23, 5:30pm
Permanent address to find collections: Gizia Gate, Abdi İpekçi Caddesi No.19/1, Nişantaşı; T: (0212) 234 63 74, 75
Why? Tuvana Büyükçınar Demir catches the attention with her streamlined evening wear designs, appealing to elegant ladies.
Runway show: March 23, 7pm
Permanent address to find collections: Abdi İpekci Caddesi No. 42, Nişantaşı; T: (0212) 233 90 31
Plus, Tuvanam’s runway show will be available at Gizia Gate right after the show.
Why? “My work is about seeing things three dimensionally,” Çengel defines her designs. “The philosophy of my brand is to empower women. When I heard that the dresses from my first collection had been compared to armor, I was astonished — this was exactly the message that we were trying to get across.”
Runway show: March 24, 9pm
Permanent address to find collections: Her ready-to-wear pieces are sold at V2K stores and Gizia Gate in Nişantaşı.
Why? Run by talented designer Başak Cankeş, Bashaques combines art and fashion in her designs. Her latest "wearable art" collections were inspired by Dali and Gaudi. In 2015, Cankeş also received awards from Mediterranean Fashion Prize Committee and the UK’s Fashion Enterprise.
Runway show: March 23, 9:30pm
Permanent address to find collections: Başak Cankeş has a store in Alaçatı, İzmir as well as a section to herself at Building Akmerkez. You can also visit shop.bashaques.com. 2000 Sokak No:5 Hacımemiş, Alaçatı, Izmir; Akmerkez AVM, Adnan Saygun Caddesi No.3, Etiler