Hailing from New York, Asli Polat, a Fashion Institute of Technology graduate, presents her third collection at London Fashion Week. The Vinyl Factory serves as a fitting venue, given the 60s undertones of her SS16 collection, which Polat says is inspired by country music stars. The audience piles into the studio space and Polat treats her guests to cronuts and pineapple-mint water – breakfast to most of the hungry fashionistas. To evoke the essence of spring on what’s a sunny, yet crisp September morning, Polat’s runway is lined with astro-turf and strewn with large white flowers. The first chords of a song, which wouldn’t be out of place on a Quentin Tarantino film sound-track, are struck and the models begin to march down through the flora and fauna.
For her AW15 collection, archetypal cowgirl staples, like plaid shirts and collared dresses, featured throughout, and again she nods to the great American outdoors with her SS16 range. This time she combines bo-peep-esq A-line skirts in baby pink with utilitarian, high collared shirts and khaki jumpsuits: ‘little house on the Prairie’ meets sports-luxe. Each model had her hair loosely pinned in a low bun, with the front section left messy, as though they’d just come in from rolling in the fields. Bright blue eye shadow applied in strips and dewy-lips serve to add a sense of youthfulness, while also bringing the look together.
Polat’s SS16 collection borrowed ingredients from several trends and combined them to create a style that’s hard to pigeonhole. Pretty-sporty, bo-peep-army, country-chic, whatever you want to call it, we’re sure it’s something you’re going to want in on come next May
GEORGINA YATES | WRITER | @withgeorgia_