I bought my first Erdem dress two years ago to wear to the Central Park Conservancy’s Frederick Lam Olmsted Luncheon – aka “The Hat Party”. Here is a photo of me with friends and coverage of the 2012 luncheon here:
I was struck by the simplicity of the dress and how true-to-size and fitted it was. It was lightweight in material and airy in color, perfect for a Spring garden party in Central Park. It was one of those easy pieces that you feel so comfortable in that you almost forget you’re “dressed up”. Last year I wore a Giambattista Valli dress (hat by Suzanne Millinery in NYC) – that’s me with my mother at right, Jan Minot.
This year’s luncheon is on Wednesday, and I think I may be right back to Erdem. I’ve got one of his black floral dresses hanging in my closet and I’m trying to decide. I tend to lean towards color for this ladies lunch, but Erdem is so tempting. His dresses have a way of being flattering without trying too hard. They are simple yet structured. His knits pull the figure in and have a touch of Azzedine Alaia inspiration.
Erdem Moralioglu, the man behind Erdem, worked at both Vivienne Westwood and Diane von Furstenberg. The British-Turkish designer is known for feminine, imaginative creations, and his work has earned him numerous industry accolades, including being nominated for the British Fashion Council’s Designer of the Year. He is just two years younger than me — perhaps that’s why I like his designs so much and why they appeal to my age group. His designs are sold at more than 50 high-end stores around the globe including Barney’s, Bergdorf and Net-a-Porter. Here are some of my current favorites:
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Who knew that Erdem had jewelry, too? Designed for Erdem by legendary jeweler Vicki Sarge, these piece use colors from the latest collection and are gorgeous! Click images for more details.
He’s also got sunglasses! Take a look: