Pure Americana appeared to be the driving theme behind Asli Polat’s autumn/winter collection this year. Full bodied, ankle length shirts and black sheer calf-length dresses offer a particular nod to conservative Amish dress, common in the rural parts of the eastern states.
Meanwhile her collection’s ruffle-collared shirts, reminiscent of traditional rural work wear, take a hint from 1970’s mid-western cowgirls.
Deep oxblood and merlot, dusk blues and dove greys featured heavily in Asli Polat’s autumnal palette alongside neutral hues of nude and classic white. Bold flashes of rust and tangerine offered a striking contrast. Inspired by the great American outdoors, the colours were also popular in 1960s interior design, continuing the fierce retro vibe we’re already seeing in spring/summer with the flower power and flares trend.
This season, Asli Polat collaborated with Steiff, the legendary German teddy bear company to make mohair coats so soft; it was tempting to run in for a hug. Their colour-blocked hues drew oxblood from the rest of her collection while adding a baby pink and bright red.
As graduate of New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, the designer divides her time between London and her New York head office. Focusing on combining modern twists with quality craftsmanship is key to Asli’s ethos.