A utopian future was projected in the autumn winter collection from Dilara Findikoglu. This season she has collaborated with Marilyn Manson to create her most experimental pieces yet. Eccentric characters were channelled through the outfits and each model was given a fantasy identity that separated them from the crowd. Findikoglu’s choice of venue was the classic Sir John Soane’s Museum which was in sharp contrast to her modern theatrical designs.
Gothic colours and space age metallics collided to make a series of unique personas. Garish make-up artistry and hair-styling had accompanied the outfits. From green painted faces to co-ordinated gold eyebrows and lips. The details in this presentation were extraordinary and full of intricate details to drive an originality down to the smallest of details. A trio of models wearing complimenting silver outfits had had their blond hair moulded into horns. Their outfits caught the light with layers of clear pvc fabrics and glitter. The most striking hair-style had to be the model with hair sculpted into a tall flame, which connected with the flame-red stencilled detailing on the sleeves of her jacket. An army of rebellious styles unified by their creative expression; the clothes were not created for the faint hearted, but only for those who have a strong sense of self. “Dilara 4 Marilyn Manson” in a tattoo-like typography was printed on two pieces in the collection in blood red. This was the first collaboration for the pair and was beautifully executed.
A dragon was embroidered on a metallic green coat with fluffy trim sleeves. It felt symbolic of the strength and confidence that the womenswear collection embodied. Outfits were paired with headwear in a variety of formations, from sheer mesh masks with sexual undertones to delicate, decorative metalwork head pieces. Each outfit was a work of art transporting you to a new world of the mythical and majestic. Dilara successfully celebrated the punk and unique and offered stand-alone pieces with heavy-metal culture references and anarchy against society.
Words: Jade Barter | Writer | @jadebarter
Images: Charly Woodhouse | Photographer | @charlywoodhousephotog