Art and fashion talk Gentlemen of Istanbul

Fashion / Design / Photography / Performance By Leonardo Iuffrida
7 designers for 7 looks and 7 hills in Istanbul. Florence pays homage to Turkey, the Guest Nation at Pitti Immagine Uomo's 84th edition. The fencing room (Sala della Scherma) at the Fortezza turns into a stage for a country that has always been at the crossroads between West and East, and today is swarming with new fashion talents. Niyazi Erdoğan, Hatice Gökçe, Emre Erdemoğlu, Zeynep Tosun, Aslı Filinta, Elif Cığızoğlu and Deniz Kaprol with accessories by RUMISU have been summoned.
Every designer has a different idea of how a gentleman should dress and have given a voice to their homeland and added a personal notion of elegance. The background is a moving installation with photos, texts and music being projected to celebrate mens' elegance at the beginning of the 1900s in Turkey. The event is curated by one of the stylists, Niyazi Erdoğan, who takes to the stage with a traveler seeking comfort and relaxation with a touch of irony, as is testified by the RUMISU hat with fun and colourful characters. From details to the general concept, what brings these young people together is the Arab and Ottoman tradition, which is reflected in their style and conception of clothing around the world. But they all shed their own light. Asli Filinta is inspired by the great architect Mi'mār Sinān and created webbed structures like the ones in ancient Turkish palaces. Elif Cığızoğlu creates massive structured coats, combining them with glittering necklaces and golden belts, in a perfect balance between female and male elements. Deniz Kaprol draws from family memories, creating a pocket watch with a digital display. Zeynep Tosun has reinvented former Turkish men's fashion by using rigid fabric, which is also ivory in colour and delicate in taste. Hatice Gökçe touches on the most disconcerting aspects of religion, using pain to reach out to the divine sphere. Finally, Emre Erdemoğlu takes inspiration from the West using Otto Lilienthal, a German pioneer scientist in aviation studies, as a model.