Parazitka’s Ultimate Fashion Tour In MERCEDES-BENZ Fashion Week Istanbul SS/2018

The 10th Season of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Istanbul this year was attended by many international designer’s, exhibitors and guests.

Hello Cosmonauts!

I am very happy to share with you another blog post full of fresh news about this exciting fashion week, I am going to convey my impressions to you from behind-the-scenes with footage of the designers at -ground zero- from the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Istanbul held at the Zorlu Performing Arts Center from September 12th to the 15th, 2017.

This is the 10th season sponsored by Mercedes-Benz making it extra special! These were the designers/brands exhibiting their collections this season:

AGA, Arzu Kaprol, Atıl Kutoglu, Bashaques’, Cigdem Akın, DB Berdan, Dice Kayek, Emre Erdemoglu, Giovane Gentile, Mehmet Korkmaz, Mehtap Elaidi, Mert Erkan, MiiN by Kadir Kılıç, Murat Aytulum, Naz by Rufat Ismayıl, New GEN, Özgür Masur, Özlem Suer, Rashid by Rasit Bagzıbagli, Siyar Akboga, Sudi Etuz, Ümit Kutluk and Zeynep Tosun.

I loved all the seminars, especially WGSN’s,

the world’s most prestigious trend forecasting agency who predicts, eighteen months before the fashions debut all the colors, patterns, new trends and styles for the fashion-world’s professionals. The seminar took two whole days to unveil their interesting and exciting visions for the Autumn/Winter 2018-2019 trends. I want to personally thank them again for this great experience and insight into how the fashion world works!

Mercedes-Benz highlighted Basak Cankess as one of this year’s most talented and successful young designers. Basak Cankes’s brand Bashaques’ Spring and Summer 2018 collection was presented on Thursday when Cankes introduced her collection, titled, ‘Love Props.’ I thought it was a spectacular and exceptionally extraordinary show.

In order to let you experience this crazy week as much as possible I’ve summarized the whole fashion week’s program highlighting each designer, I have also shared with you the designer’s official website and their shop addresses.

For those who wanting to dig deeper into Turkish Fashion – Enjoy…

OK… here we go

Day 1

– Mehmet Erkan –

This season Erkan is preparing for his third competition; the self-coded SS / 18 Haute Couture collection where self-coded women are addressed. Mehmet Erkan is the youngest designer MBFW has ever had, and he is on the official calendar of Mercedes- Benz Fashion Week Istanbul every season. Wow! RUNWAY made a spectacle in the showroom, it was fantastic.

– Design Workshop by IMA –

The Istanbul Fashion Academy (IMA) is one of Turkey’s most prestigious fashion schools conducting educational activities that are innovative, modern and global in all areas of fashion. IMA showcased different aspects of the fashion-world through interviews and workshops throughout the week. Their innovating ‘Design Workshop by IMA’ was held on September 12th, followed by, ‘Let’s Talk Styling by IMA’ on September 13th, the next day’s workshop was super, ‘First Date: Fashion Photography for IMA.’

– Rasit Bagzibagli –

Designer Rashid Bagzibagli was born in London in 1985, he is the 3rd generation representative of the Cypriot fabric company, ‘Bagzibagli’ was established in 1957. Bagzibagli sells in Turkey, ‘the’ finest silks and French laces from the world’s top companies. Rasit Bagzibagli named his first ready- wear collection line, Rashid. ‘Rashid’ is now an international luxury ready-wear brand known all-over-the world. In the meantime Rashid Bagzibagli is designing new things for his stores and showcasing fashion shows in Istanbul. … for more read this article, here.

If you want to visit Bagzibagli’s Designer Shop:

Levent Cad. No:34 Levent Mh. Besiktas Istanbul – Turkey

– Siyar Akboga –

As a young child Akboga’s family realized his interest in visual arts, they channeled his talents into dancing, painting and music. His fashion education in women’s clothing and styling came later at İzmir Olgunlaşma Enstitüsü (advanced technical institution). Currently Akboga is making collections and creating styles in Izmir as a freelancer for international brands, as well as doing fashion consultancy and styling for the competitors of the ‘İşte Benim Stilim’ TV show on TV8. Akboga also dresses the competitors up with his current collection that he presented at the İzmir Fashion Week in December 2016.

Read more here.

– Ozgur Masur –

Since 2009 Masur has had a strong presence at the Istanbul Fashion Week (IFW) with his collections that he creates with a solid understanding in luxury fashion. Ozgur Masur’s ‘unique universe’ is located between tradition and modernity. Masur brings us sophisticated lines with highly feminine glam, he creates soul with elegant silhouettes and adds a unique take on classical fitting techniques that exudes originality.

Read the article here

Ozgur Masur’s Official Website

Day 2

– Mehmet Korkmaz –

Beginning to draw attention towards himself, thanks to his skills in Turkey and the Middle East, Korkmaz is becoming a shinning star-by-day in the field of ‘Haute Couture’ thanks to his incredible designs. Mehmet Korkmaz became interested in fashion when he was just a young kid. Korkmaz received training in Fashion Design and Fashion Marketing at the LeSalle in Canada. Korkmaz now makes fantastic theatrical costumes — capsule trial collection consultancy– at a wedding garment company based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Korkmaz also has some textile export companies, and he is the youngest designer to make his appearance in the field of haute couture when he founded his own brand in 2011. He presented his very first haute couture collection, ‘White Line’ at a very special night organized by the Foundation of Clothing Manufacturers Association.

Read the article here


Tesvikiye Neighbourhood Vali Konagi Street

Hacı Emin Efendi Avenue 72/5 Nisantası Istanbul

– Emre Erdemoglu –

Emre Erdemoglu graduated from the Fashion Design Department of Dokuz Eylul University in Fine Arts. Erdemoglu won second prize in the EİB Fashion Design Competition. This successful designer who exhibited his last collection ‘Punhan’ in the most prestigious fashion fair – Pitti Imagine Uomo- was honored with the Designer of the Year prize which was given by the Med-Fashion Organization in Italy, other than being a designer he is also a teacher at ‘Kultur University’ and ‘Kariyer Egitim Kurumlari.’

Read more about Emre Erdemoglu.

– Let’s Talk Styling by IMA –

…by the way, if you wanna know more about Istanbul Moda Akademisi: visit official website  here.



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