London-based designer Erdem Moralioglu has had his fair share of press. But we were still curious about the man behind those neo-Edwardian prints. So we recently caught up with the designer, whose show was underwritten by Swarovski this season, to chat about everything from the Royal College of Art to finding good food in The Big Smoke.
Fashionista: You're best known for your prints--now everyone seems to be designing and creating their own textiles--what's your reaction to that? Erdem Moralioglu: I think it’s really exciting to see what you can do with new technology and apply it to textiles. Innovation in any form is really exciting.
You're Canadian, you've worked for DvF, and you've settled down in London. What's the best thing about working as a designer in the city? London is where I trained as a designer and is also now my home. The best thing is probably being close to my friends and family but also everyone that I work with.
We have a lot of readers who want to attend school for fashion design. What was the most significant thing about your experience at RCA? The RCA was a hugely important experience. It was there where I really figured out who I was as a designer.
What's your favorite restaurant in London? St. Johns on St John Street. You're clothes are so ladylike. Do you ever look to street style for inspiration? I look to all things for inspiration. Music, movies, books, art...I’m inspired by all sort of things.
You design women's clothes--what men's designers do you wear yourself? I love Dries Van Noten for men. His clothes always feel like I’ve owned them forever. I also love James Long.
Describe Erdem Spring 2011 in one word. Graceful.