LONDON — Erdem Moralioglu has realized a longterm dream of designing males’s put on, and is launching the class, full with knits, outerwear and tailor-made clothes, for spring 2022.
The designer, recognized for his wealthy, patterned materials — and plenty of references to European aristos and socialites — stated it was about time he took the leap into males’s, which can promote by means of his London retailer and on-line channel and thru multi-brand specialty shops as nicely.
In an interview, Moralioglu stated the months of lockdown gave him time to plan how one can gown his man, which he describes as a brother to the Erdem lady.
“The brother that kind of steals her sweaters and other pieces of her clothing and adopts them for himself.” Moralioglu admitted that he and males in his studio have, prior to now, swiped knitwear and denim from the ladies’s collections, for their very own wardrobes.
“I always felt so much of the world I was creating for women could be applicable to a man. It was just an inevitable thing. And that quietness of the pandemic allowed a moment to focus, to really think about who my man is, what he’s about, his relationship to my woman.”
Moralioglu stated he’s utilizing most of the similar knitwear, shirt and outerwear factories that produce his ladies’s put on. The assortment will even have the identical luxurious value factors as the ladies’s put on. The assortment will begin touchdown on the store flooring in November.
For the debut assortment, Moralioglu took the late filmmaker Derek Jarman, writer of “Modern Nature,” as one among his inspirations. Moralioglu stated he appreciated the concept of uniform dressing and was impressed by Jarman in his ubiquitous boiler go well with, by the seashore in Dungeness, on the south coast of England.
He shot the lookbook, and an accompanying movie, on the seashore, not in Dungeness, however on the south coast, not removed from the Isle of Wight, conjuring the moody landscapes of Jarman’s books.
Moralioglu additionally seemed to the works and notebooks of the British watercolor painter Patrick Procktor, who was at all times impeccably dressed. The designer stated Procktor’s look impressed him to create wardrobe classics, together with a camel cotton jacquard mac and a lineup of breezy collarless shirts.
The assortment is unmistakably Erdem, with plenty of wealthy cashmere knits in jewel tone colours, mohair sweaters with thick stripes, sharply tailor-made jackets with fabric-covered buttons and ankle-length, flat-front trousers, chinos and corduroys worn with, or with out, a cummerbund.
A floral print, recalling Jarman’s cottage backyard and Procktor’s nature work in Morocco, Corfu and Egypt adorns wide-legged shorts and denim items.
Moralioglu’s transfer into a brand new class is an uncommon one for a London designer, publish COVID-19. Many have downsized their companies in response to the pandemic, lowering the variety of collections they make every year, displaying in less complicated codecs or under no circumstances.
He can be one of many only a few London designers to have constructed a worthwhile enterprise with out important exterior funding. According to Companies House, the official register of U.Ok. companies, within the fiscal yr ended March 31, 2020, Erdem’s turnover was 11.7 million kilos whereas revenue was 227,318 kilos.
The designer has a standalone retailer on South Audley Street in Mayfair, London and sells his ladies’s assortment at shops together with Matchesfashion, Net-a-porter, Selfridges, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue.