Turkish designer’s collection pays homage to ‘Lost Jewel’
For Spring/Summer 2019, Turkish fashion designer Zeynep Kartal’s collection celebrates the designer’s ties with both her Turkish heritage and the place she now calls her second home, England. The collection also pays homage to “Nelson’s Lost Jewel,” by Martyn Downer, and the diamond chelengk given to Lord Nelson by Ottoman Sultan Selim III of Turkey.
The beautiful jewel, which was encrusted with over 300 diamonds, became synonymous with high fashion in the late 1700s with English high society wearing designs inspired by the sultan’s gift. The original chelengk was stolen in 1951 and lost forever.
Kartal’s story begins with jewel-toned organza, shimmering pink and blue draped silks and iridescent sheer chiffon pieces. Beautifully embroidered jackets and metallic pieces emulate the opulent design of the chelengk and its 13 rays. Ornate necklines and skirts accentuate the female form with elements of intricate lace and rich satins. Signature Zeynep Kartal gowns come in a variety of complimentary styles from debutant affairs to demure, sophisticated column dresses.
Her garments are made using the finest fabrics, including silk, handmade lace and organza. All pieces are made using couture techniques with an emphasis on clean cuts and elegant embellishment including piquant embroidery and delicate appliqués.
In addition to the chelengk-inspired jewelry and designs on the catwalk, the following jewelers from Goldsmiths’ Fair have supplied pieces to compliment Zeynap Kartal’s designs: Sarah Straussberg, Barbara Bertagnolli, Joanne Thompson, John Moore and Emmeline Hastings.
Each of these jewelers will be showing their latest collections at the upcoming Goldsmiths’ Fair at Goldsmiths’ Hall in London from Sept. 24 to Oct. 7.
Downer has provided the artwork and Kartal has redesigned and recreated the chelengks on display at the show.