ERDEM’s Pre-Fall 2016 woman is sitting for a portrait. She is a woman who belongs to many periods. And there is something of each of them in her and she has the soft focus formality of a Sargent painting. She has the romance of a Visconti heroine, with a darker side beneath the surface. She has the regal air of a 1980s Snowden portrait; society and propriety with a dash of irreverence on the edges. She is sitting for a portrait in all these times and many more. What she brings of herself to the canvas is a beguiling strength and a rogue complexity, at contrast with the fragile prettiness of her picture. There is a sense that she may be wearing her mother’s couture to sit for her portrait. She wears it almost perfectly. But it’s in the attitude of how she wears it (and what she brings of herself) that her true beauty lies.
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