Mercedes Benz Fashion Week
The Tents at Bryant Park
February 3, 2007
Written by Bob Bland
Photographed by Mary Blanco
The theme of Turkish
designer Atil Kutoglu's Fall 2007 collection was
"Turquality," a melange of the words "quality",
"turquoise", and "tranquility".
As we sat awash in azure lights preceding the show,
the question remained, would Atil bring a tropical
feel to the fall blues?
Launched in 1992 and now popular
among European royalty, Atil Kutoglu’s line
went distinctly downtown this season for a city
girl feel. Kutoglu traded in the soft, glistening
pastel look of his Spring collection in for hard
edges and stark colors. There were three capsules
within the collection:
Polished ‘80’s: The
show began with eye-catching polished leather trench
coats, pencil skirts and zip-up jackets in an edgy
electric blue and black color combination. Decorative
black and white wool jacquard bottoms and dresses
were paired with black wool and leather tops for
a pretty, yet chic effect.
Orientalism ala Poiret: For fans
of Kutoglu, his burnout silk velvet dresses must
have made a familiar statement. His geometric patterns
were reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright, but his
color palette of mauve, chocolate, citron and sapphire
was distinctly inspired by 1920’s designer
Paul Poiret. The blending of rich contrasting colors
was showcased on draped caftans and mini dresses
Elevated Metallics: Whether in
Ottoman brocade, pleated crepe or lusterous jersey,
Atil Kutoglu’s metallic styles shined. Aside
from one brocade top that looked like it had been
ripped off Marlon Brando on the set of Superman
I, the goddess dresses and sculptural coats were
luminous. Eschewing the 24k golds and silver lames
preferred by other designers, Kutoglu with white
silver, pewter and platinum/gold blends.
Overall, Atil Kutoglu showed a
vision of Fall 2007 with something for every woman.
Though his customers might not find complete outfits
to their liking, they are sure to take a shine to
his winning separates and memorable dresses.