This week we have two important fashion month interviews. First we chat with Vogue Runway’s José Criales-Unzueta and Laia Garcia-Furtado about New York Fashion Week. What did we love (Rodarte), what did we love but expect to hate (the Panera BAGuette), what did we just not understand (MSCHF booties)? The group felt strongly that two camps presented themselves: the return to quotidien, down-to-earth dressing (Tory Burch, Proenza Schouler) and the fashion fantasy world created by brands like Rodarte, Collina Strada, and Thom Browne.
Later in the show, we speak to designer Erdem Moralioglu, whose fall 2023 show will be presented this weekend in London. Erdem spoke to us about the inspiration process for his collections (like last season’s homage to art restoration); his “Objects of Affection”; how his architect husband, Philip Joseph, painstakingly restored the townhouse in Bloomsbury where the couple live; plus Erdem’s long-enduring love of Madonna.
A few days after we spoke to Erdem, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Eastern Turkey and Southern Syria. The city of Antakya sounded familiar to me when I read news headlines paired with horrific photos of high rises reduced to rubble and people sheltering under tarps. “Antakya is no more,” read one quote from a headline in the New York Times. It wasn’t until later that I realized Erdem had fondly recalled his father’s birthplace—Antakya, Turkey—and his childhood visits to family still living in the Hatay province. Almost as soon as news of the earthquake came out, Erdem got to work raising money and awareness of the needs of the hundreds of thousands of displaced Turks and Syrians. For a limited time, 100% of sales from his website went to the British Red Cross and the Ahbao Dernegi, his two charities of choice. We spoke to Erdem again after the earthquake to hear more about his involvement with fundraising and his memories of his father’s hometown.