KADIR KILIC | FALL / WINTER 2012
With the supernatural currently dominating popular culture, it is unsurprising that designers have not escaped its leering influence. Kadir Kilic named his recent Fall / Winter collection “Keep the streets empty”, signalling a collection that was dark and mysterious.
Kilic carefully chose characteristics to create an imposing collection; no colour was displayed with black being used predominately, and the shapes were organic, shrouding the model in darkness. With the materials kept plain, it was difficult at times to always see the cut of the garments which demonstrated the designer’s choice to move away from tailored outfits that have been seen to dominate most of the Fall / Winter 2012 collections. Asymmetric hems fell over the baggy trousers, jackets were fitted, while the trousers were harem-style giving the impression that movement was key in the thinking of the collection.
Kilic also introduced some obvious hints to the nature of the collection with capes and even a zombie face that stared eerily from a t-shirt. Strong black biker boots were powerful and practical whilst collars were also raised to give a commanding presence to the model.
The name “Keep the streets empty” was not so much a question but a demand. Kilic inspired power with his collection and the residing impression was one of a strong, cold presence that, despite just one model, was somehow able to dominate the surrounding space.
- Kelsey Traynor