Erdem is always one of London's most hotly anticipated shows. As the brand has grown an incredible amount in recent years, the production has gotten bigger and more elaborate.
This season, there were so many people in attendance we didn't notice until the first model walked out that an enormous grand piano and a cellist had been sitting in the middle of the runway for some time. The dramatic, theatrical music was the ideal accompaniment to a beautifully ornate collection, one worked entirely in black and white.
Sheer, tissue-thin layers of organza were striped, embroidered, folded, and layered into knee length skirts, sleeveless shirts, jackets, and even trousers. Single strands of ostrich feathers peppered sweaters, short dresses and long gowns. In fact, feathers were everywhere. They peeked out from hems, adorned shoulders, and pooled around the feet of sheer gowns. Hydrangea bouquets placed on each guest's seat suggested a bridal element - especially considering the long, white eveningwear--but we've never seen a bride as cool as this. Shoes were stomping, black and white platforms with zips up the front and enormous ombré Perspex heels.
It's hard to imagine anybody not enjoying this collection. It was distinctly original and true to the established Erdem brand, but at the same time, most pieces would not have looked out of place in a Chanel show. Perhaps this is a sign towards Erdem's future? You heard it here first, Karl.