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Ottoman Chic

July 27, 2016

Above: Oval medallion containing a portrait of Sultan Abdülmecid. Photograph by Reto Guntli.

Our latest collection and limited-edition capsule were inspired by Serdar Gülgün’s book Ottoman Chic, as well as the combination of contrasts inherent in Turkish style. As a true geographical and cultural bridge between different worlds, Turkey’s art, architecture and interiors reflect influences from all over: France, Italy, China, India and beyond.

Murano chandeliers and European furniture fill the reception room of the Yildiz Palace, photographed in the late 19th century and reproduced by Bahadur Tașkin.

 

“I was dreaming of dinners and galas in old Turkish homes and palaces,” said Stephanie. “Exquisite lines, old world elegance, the mix of gold and cream — and translating that into today.” The Limited-Edition Collection plays on that idea of contrasts — the mix of fluid silhouettes with decisive décolletage, fine fabrics with intricate embroidery work, matte with shine, traditional with modern…. And while all the embellishments are hand-done and artfully placed, the styles have a sense of ease. It’s a new way of thinking about getting dressed up: relaxed elegance.

 

The Yemiș Odasi, or Fruit Room, in the Harem of the Topkapi Palace, created especially for Sultan Ahmet III.

 

Left: Detail of Ottoman Iznik tiles with beautiful carnations, hyacinths, and tulips, crafted with a passion for flowers. Photo by Reto Guntli. Right: Iznik ceramic panels with tall cypress trees adorn both sides of the chimney of the princes’ school in Topkapi Palace. Photograph by Reto Guntli, reproduced by Bahadur Tașkin.

 

Beautifully stylized tulips adorn the ruby satin bohça, a precious square fabric used to envelop precious garments or gifts, a splendid custom for elegant gift exchange in the Ottoman world. Photograph by Reto Guntli.