An intriguing collection already, the story behind Erdem’s S/S16 RTW collection creates an even greater allure and mystery to the runway looks. “It was about prairie madness,” he explained. “In 1862, Abraham Lincoln passed the Homestead Act, which gave single women and widows the right to their own plots of land in the West, as long as they stayed there for five years. So there were all these women coming from their homes in Europe, bringing their clothes and the remnants of their lives in Norway and Germany and places like that—and they started to suffer from agoraphobia and all kinds of psychological illnesses.”\n\n

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Erdem SS16 RTW – Photo by Yannis Vlamos – Indigital Images
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\n\n\n\nThe lonely, glossy-eyed expressions on the models, and the simple makeup and styling all enhance this trance-like effect. The subtle red under the eyes went a long way with this prairie madness look! The dresses certainly have a feel for the prairie girl era, with lace and embroidery on pseudo-modest ankle length silhouettes. What could have been a sad, melancholic collection was actually quite visually attractive with off the shoulder necklines, a killer metallic jacket and embroidery designs that have a Peter Pilotto feel to them.\n\n

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Erdem SS16 RTW – Photo by Yannis Vlamos – Indigital Images
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Erdem SS16 RTW – Photo by Yannis Vlamos – Indigital Images
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Erdem SS16 RTW – Photo by Yannis Vlamos – Indigital Images
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Erdem SS16 RTW – Photo by Yannis Vlamos – Indigital Images
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Erdem SS16 RTW – Photo by Yannis Vlamos – Indigital Images
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Erdem SS16 RTW – Photo by Yannis Vlamos – Indigital Images
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