Designer Serkan Sarier shot into the fashion industry in Spring 2011 when his first collection for Brood won the praise of fashion industry insiders like Sally Singer, Eric Wilson and Vera Wang--something that even seasoned designers--let alone first-timers--can only dream of. Fast-forward one year later, and Sarier's career trajectory shows no sign of slowing down--that is if his Spring 2012 collection, shown at a discreet Chelsea gallery, is any indication.
Yes, there were a number of the fashion industry's heavy-hitters present (Vera Wang and Sally Singer both held court), and yes, there was a giant silver malformed balloon hovering in the background (more on that later) but still, it was the clothing that really got our attention.
Full of gorgeous oranges, purples and blushes perfectly blended with white, almost like a avant garde take on tie-dye, Brood's Spring 2012 collection further developed the athleticism theme from previous collections. And that's one thing we like about Sarier: he isn't afraid to stick to what he likes, which in his case is intricate athletic-inspired details, particularly lace-up decals and parachute-like shapes.
"This season, the inspiration started form an image I found," Sarier told us. "It was an image of this man and he was flying along the west coast [over water] with seven gigantic mylar ballons strapped on him. The picture is very interesting because it's this small guy, and strings and then at the end you have this cluster of mylar balloons." So that explains the silver balloon floating in the background! Sarier pointed at the looming silver shape and told us, "So the idea is that basically that's the mylar balloon. And these girls have travelled with [it]."
Pointing out the intricate lacing that adorn the jackets and tops, Sarier told us, "the detailing is taken from the harness of the parachute." Yet its delicacy also recalls a corset--a masterful dichotomy that's quite impressive for such a young designer.
The technical construction of the garments is also impressive: Sarier pointed to a look that seemed like it consisted of multiple items with a confounding amount of zippers, strings and lacings. "It feels like layering, but it's actually one piece," he said, pointing to where the seams come together.
Other garments offered smart convertibility: Sarier showed us a jacket with a billowy bodice but pointed out the corset-like eyelets in the back. "See you could lace it up if you wanted to."
Another thing we liked: Sarier only showed 12 looks, proving that you don't need to go big to make an impact. One thing's certain: We can't wait to see what Sarier will do next.
Photos: Courtesy of PR Consulting