The Turkish designer Arzu Kaprol does justice to her oriental roots. Not only did she opt for sleek constructed looks, instead of the sometimes expected bling-bling style, but she also made a name for herself with her impeccable architectural outfits, which could already convince sought-after buyers, like those of Harrod's and Montaigne Market.
Kaprol's show kicked off with a shortly cut sand-colored sharp lined tuxedo dress, with an emphasis put on Niki de Saint Phalle-esque hips, that set the tone for the rest of the collection. It had to be short, it had to embrace a woman's curves and it had to be graphically structured. Then, the designer experimented with something she barely tried before: prints. Bold monochromatic kaleidoscope motifs thereby embellished boxy, long-sleeved boleros paired with pleated shorts, girly bustier cocktail dresses, and silky blouses.Texture-wise, Kaprol opted for iridescent leathers for dresses and tops, soft pleating on A-shaped skirts and graphic embroideries, while laser-cut geometries on soft leather boleros, peplum jackets, bustier and cocktail dresses stood for a more sophisticated approach of the garment.
The beauty was also in subtle details, with crossed carrier on bare back dresses, white fringes to emphasize hips and shoulders, embroidered gems on china collars, as well as delicate pleats on sleeves, hips and bosom. Colors were nearly nonexistent in Kaprol’s summer collection: the designer mainly opted for black and white – like most designers this season – while adding gold and silver, discreet sand hues, and hints of deep violet.
“I've always been inspired by architecture. Even if my collections are sometimes more futuristic and now and then more romantic, it's an ongoing aesthetic that I want to keep,” states Kaprol, now famous for her architectural yet feminine clothing.
- Elisabeta Tudor