Hatice Gökçe’s – SS/15 “The Globetrotter”
Men´s wear usually takes a back seat in Fashion Weeks worldwide, but we live in a bold new world full of interesting new players. Turkey not only delights us with its views and touristic attractions, but with that oh-so-famous blend of East meets West (this might sound a bit cliche but it´s still relevant).
Turkey has a very rich history and with such comes a blend of elements we might find exotic, this is also why we can always expect to see interesting cultural gems like the Hatice Gökçe’s – “The Globetrotter” Collection which was presented this past October 13 in the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Istabul.
Her collection is a perfectly crafted bridge between Turkey´s rich cultural past and it´s modern burgeoning present. Her inspiration was the Turkish globetrotter Evliya Çelebi, a historical character who might as well be Turkey´s first blogger… why Turkey´s first ever blogger?, well because he chronicled 40 years of travel, culture and lifestyle through the Ottoman World, Egypt and Europe with great detail.
Evliya Çelebi was the son of a wealthy jeweler/merchand father and an aristocrat mother and a devout Muslim who regreted the reach of colonialism. His book of travels the Seyâhatnâme may be one of the most valuable accounts of life, culture (would even dare to say Style) from the seventeenth Century.
For the Collection we can see how Hatice Gökçe took elements from the chronicles of this great traveler´s book and grounded them in the modern day Hip-Hop world where Kim Kardashian and Kanye West rule supreme.
Hatice Gökçe´s collections are powerful and very, very today… elegant and undoubtedly posh we can see how she became one of Turkey´s top talents. She has trascended borders with her design and style and has now brought Turkey front and center during the Fashion Week Festivities (September-October) with a collection that features an amazing and strong cultural heritage.
The way the seventeenth century elements such as the Ottoman Fez is blended with the modern day baseball cap goes perfectly in sync with the embroidery style prints. The suit jackets and the dropcrotch pants are an accurate re-interpretation of Ottoman style topped off with an Usher-cool-like element that makes them so hip. The leather and styles along with the awesome sweater designs make me wonder two things, when and where will these garments be up for sale… Evliya Çelebi take my money NOW!!
Great collection and it is awesome to see a top fashion player emerge from a place other than Paris, Milano or New York.
Check out her previous collections on her website: www.haticegokce.com