LONDON--There's been a trend this season which everyone's calling "texture blocking." Like Alexander Wang and Peter Pilotto, Erdem used this technique, but it was more about the fusing of two fabrics than blocking.
The much-lauded designer did plenty of his signature watercolors--much darker than spring's--and collaborated on some divine velvet heels with Nicholas Kirkwood, but the star pieces in the show had to do more with his manipulation of fabric. An embroidered dress was our favorite, and the tiny bouquets of Swarvoski crystals on a few of the pieces truly caught our fancy. We also fell for the bright pink fisherman's sweater--which looked distinctly "Erdem" paired with a straight below-the-knee skirt.
Will Erdem's prints ever look dated? It's hard to determine, given the trendiness of textiles. But think about it this way: Will you ever grow tired of donegal wool? We won't--Something special always looks fresh, no matter what the fashion world is currently dictating.
**Photos by Imaxtree.