Updated: Thursday, 02 January 2014 17:00 | By Bang

Erdem Moralioglu: Trends can be 'oppressive'

Erdem Moralioglu admits it's impossible to avoid catwalk trends, but tries to use them as a loose guideline.


Erdem Moralioglu admits it's impossible to avoid catwalk trends, but tries to use them as a loose guideline.

Erdem Moralioglu admits it's impossible to avoid catwalk trends, but tries to use them as a loose guideline.

Erdem Moralioglu thinks trends can be ''oppressive''.

The designer - who has dressed everyone from Anne Hathaway to Michelle Obama - isn't a slave to catwalk trends and prefers to use them as a rough guideline to seek inspiration for each new collection.

Asked how important trends were to him, Erdem told Britain's In Style magazine: ''Less so than they used to be I think. It's impossible to escape the idea that there are certain movements in a season - the same as there are with architecture and art - though I think the idea of simply following a trend does feel quite oppressive.''

The ''master of florals'' surprised everyone at London Fashion Week with an entirely monochrome spring/summer 2014 collection, a decision which came naturally to him.

Erdem said: ''I was in the studio at the beginning of the season surrounded by all these white rolls of fabric. It just felt like the right way to; stripping away the colour made me look more closely at the actually form and shape of the clothes.''

The couturier's interest in dressing the female form started at a young age and he admits he used to practice on his sister's dolls.

He added: ''I've been obsessed with the way women looked since I was very young and was always either making dresses for my sister's dolls or drawing them. I thought, 'Can this obsession of mine become a job? Is it something you do?' Eventually I discovered it was.''

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