The vibrant, the surreal, and the elegant at Istanbul Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014

Those lucky enough to get seats at the Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Istanbul presented by American Express basked in the glow of some truly tasteful couture, as five of Turkey’s top designers showcased stunningly sparkling looks created specially for Swarovski’s inaugural ‘Sparkle of Istanbul’ project.

The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Istanbul presented by American Express raised the global style bar another notch over five glorious days, from October 7–11, at the Kuruçeşme Arena. Leading homegrown designers and brands—Gizia, Ece Gözen, Zeynep Tosun, Tuvanam, and Hakan Akkaya—delighted a rapt crowd with astonishingly innovative pieces, beautifully accented with Swarovski crystals.

Gizia’s collection got the show off to an exotic start with designer Erkan Demiroğlu’s African theme. A safari’s worth of animal prints and vibrant colors headed down the runway, embellished with generous swathes of crystals. For ‘Sparkle of Istanbul’, top model Tuğçe Kazaz donned a stunning gold leather jacket over a flowing bright-yellow evening dress with bold crystal detailing.

Ece Gözen, winner of the Vogue Talents Young Vision Award 2012 and creator of the ‘sportcouture’ look, served up her ‘Graphene’ collection of bold color animations and crystal-based pieces. Her closing ‘Sparkle of Istanbul’ outfit was a top-and-miniskirt combo ablaze with an intricate honeycomb of shimmering Swarovski Aurora Borealis-style crystals.

Mercedes-Benz’s designer-of-choice this season was the much garlanded Zeynep Tosun, who wowed the crowd with her stunning contribution to the ‘Sparkle in Istanbul’ project. Her transparent khaki-colored web outfit featured hand-sewn crystals in every knot of the web.

Tuvanam designer Tuana Büyükçınar’s show-stopping, Twenties-themed cream satin and lace-based collection shimmered with crystalline light. Her ‘Sparkle of Istanbul’ number was gorgeously Great Gatsby-esque—ultra-glam sleeveless top and pencil skirt in pale-pink silk, embellished with multilayered crystals.

Closing the show, Hakan Akkaya’s unisex models were resplendent in chic black and white with fluorescent accents. The alluring evening gown created for ‘Sparkle in Istanbul’ was swathed in Jet Hematite Swarovski Crystal Fabric, concealing a cheeky black bustier.

Rapidly establishing itself as a magnet for global fashion aficionados, it seems Istanbul is where it’s at for game-raising glamour and breathtaking creativity.

Credits: Sezen Gür Photography

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