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London Fashion Week: At Erdem, color-saturated gorgeousness [Updated]

February 22, 2011 | 10:42 am


Designer Erdem Moralioglu could well be described as a painter with fabric. Over the past few seasons, his Impressionist-looking floral print silks have made for some of the most gorgeous clothes coming out of London.

For fall, he went from florals to abstract, color-daubed digitized prints, as well as adding lush velvet to the mix.

Moralioglu let the colors and pattern take center stage, keeping the shapes simple and wearable. That meant knee-length sheaths in velvet or sheer shimmery chiffon; a print pencil skirt painted with strokes of gold, and coats so sweepingly beautiful, they could have been art canvases.


Like so many other designers this season, he incorporated lace into his collection. A fuchsia sheath was covered in black lace embroidery that appeared to melt into the background. Other dresses were a melange of lace and boucle.


For evening, long skirts were worn with patterned knits, and gowns had scarfy chiffon ends trailing behind. There were plenty of extras, too, including color-soaked gloves, trench coats and velvet shoes.

[Updated Feb. 27 at 5:25 p.m.: An earlier version of this post misspelled Erdem Moralioglu's last name as Moraliglu.]

-- Booth Moore in London

Photos: Looks from the Erdem fall-winter 2011 runway collection shown during London Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times