LFW SS16: Erdem

LFW SS16: Erdem

Prairie madness

Text: Su Fen Tan

Erdem weaves an inspiration with a dark undertone with delicate Victoriana motifs beautifully

The inspiration behind Erdem Moralioglu's Spring/Summer '16 collection is one of prairie madness, as he explained backstage: "In 1862, Abraham Lincoln passed the Homestead Act, which gave single women and widows the right to their own plots of land in the West, as long as they stayed there for five years. So there were all these women coming from their homes in Europe, bringing their clothes and the remnants of their lives in Norway and Germany and places like that-and they started to suffer from agoraphobia and all kinds of psychological illnesses". Perhaps that explains the pale skin and tear-stained eye makeup that was donned by the models, and puts the prettiness of the collection under a different light.


Despite the dark backstory, the runway was filled with beautiful, romantic numbers in the forms of floor-length dresses (save for a few mid-calf ensembles) featuring exquisite floral embroidery and embellishments, puffed sleeves, and dreamy tiered ruffles, exuding a delicate air of femininity and enchanting onlookers at first sight.