Melis Alphan ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News
Ece Salıcı (R) is one of the many Turkish fashion designers who have transferred to fashion design after training in a totally different field.Ece Salıcı is one of the many Turkish fashion designers who have transferred to fashion design after training in a totally different field. The 26-year-old Salıcı is an Ankara native, and first received her B.A. in economics at Hacettepe University. Only after that did she decide to study fashion design, and enroll at the famous Milanese design school Istituto Marangoni. She did her required internship with Turkish fashion firm Tüzün, and in April 2011 she decided to set up her own atelier.
In the following months she worked day and night to present her autumn and winter 2011-2012 collection, which included dynamic pieces for everyday use. She took inspiration from the image of urban businesswomen, with a pinch of masculinity, interpreted through her own gothic touch. The collection garnered interest thanks to some “it” pieces that followed the season’s texture-on-texture trend, and with interesting cuts as well as attention to detail throughout.
“This collection should be considered as falling in between haute couture and ready-to-wear. I personally believe that luxury is a combination of both the inside and the outside of a garment. This means excellent stitching and high-quality linings. I pay attention to these details as I design and produce. I especially believe that jackets and vests are the highlights of this collection,” Salıcı said of the collection.
Salıcı’s design style is dynamic. In her following collection for spring and summer 2012, which is on store racks now, she came up with the idea of an imaginary battle between Carine Roitfeld of Vogue France and Anna dello Russo, the fashion icon.
One of the world’s best-known effortlessly chic women, Roitfeld, with a French masculine style in neutral or dark, meets the exaggerated style of dello Russo with its vivid colors. At the end of this war, there were no tears or blood, only inspiration for Salıcı, who then based her entire collection on the women of stylish cities around the world, from Paris to New York.
These two icons, with their opposite styles, are reflected in unexpected details throughout the collection: Different textures are used together, fabrics are mixed, contrasting colors are used together, see-through details lead to surprising mysteries, and everything has a bit of a quirky touch.
Salıcı has dedicated the collection to women who know how to stand out in a crowd with the power of small details. She seamlessly integrates luxury touches in every small detail. Thanks to her immaculate stitching and colorful linings, she offers a different ready-to-wear experience. Nominated for Elle Style Awards’ “Young Designer of the Year” category, Salıcı mixes black with turquoise perfectly for her upcoming autumn-winter 2012-2013 collection, and uses chiffon as her signature fabric, this time including leather details as well as zippers and vents. She also presents her own approach to the peplum trend and, again, provides urban women with a slightly masculine and this time, a slightly preppy look.