Female Power. Dilara Findikoglu SS17

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Although fashion tends to misinterpret the term feminism, it’s good to know that in London, there are designers who can pull off the topic in the right way. Born and raised in Turkey, Dilara Findikoglu knows what it’s like to live in a place, where political and social stability is constantly on its verge of collapse. The frequently ignored problem of women’s rights, and how they are treated back in her homeland threatens Dilara, and intensely affects her creativity. As a teenager, the to-be designer discovered young John Galliano’s work in one of the glossy magazines – for her, that was the dream. Although the plan of studying at Central Saint Martins wasn’t appreciated by her relatives, Findikoglu already decided what’s good for her. So here she’s today – on everybody lip’s, yet far from mainstream (she dressed Lady Gaga and FKA twigs, yes, however she isn’t into going the easy path).

Findikoglu presented a mind-blowing presentation for her spring-summer 2017 collection back in September. In a very naughtily appropriate place I might say – a neon-lit Soho strip-club. Dilara’s model-friends (like the women’s rights activist, Adwoa Aboah) wore clothes that overlapped different decades and eras of both restraining and liberating womenswear: from Tudor sleeves and terribly tight corsets to very Vivienne Westwood SEX punk garments, this collection isn’t even a bit close to other brands’ outings that we’ve seen before. But the goal behind Findikoglu’s latest line-up wasn’t making a collage-like mix of historically significant clothes. “It’s about how women’s bodies have been treated in different societies – what they were wearing and what they were doing, what the limitations on them were.”  While the models wore Victorian collars and PVC boots, it’s quite visible – the set, the one-of-a-kind pieces and the dominant colour of pink (all good girls wear pink, right?) weren’t all here by coincidence. Dilara enjoys messing up with stereotypes, and this brilliant collection suggests it’s the time of women. Make space for female power. These girls don’t care what you think of them, or whether you’re appealed by their feminine / perverse looks. If I would to choose a collection that colloquially ‘slays’, then Findikoglu’s gang tops the list.

Photographs by Frederico Ferrari and Lillie Eiger.

#InstaLOVE – August 2016

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@agnesvita

I am an Instagram maniac and I openly confess that I spend too much time on filtering my feed. But it’s irresistible, when you have so many great accounts to follow! If you are ready for a dose of beautifully curated walls, inspiring photos and delightful shots – see my August recommendations!

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@ninetiesmoments / A well-curated feed featuring some of the most inspiring and cult editorials photographed between 1990 and 2000. From a rare shot of Angela Lindvall in British Vogue to Paolo Roversi’s iconic Vogue Italia spread starring Stella Tennant, this account is a must-follow for anyone, who’s obsessed with fashion’s 90s archives.

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@buttonfuit / Gill Button is one of the leading artists, who became widely-acclaimed through Instagram. She creates dreamy, smokey-eyed characters in her portraits, full of feelings and emotions. Whether using paint or watercolours, Button enjoys implementing fashion to her work, inspired by Simone Rocha’s or Prada’s runways. Her definite break-through moment? Contributing to Dries Van Noten’s AW16 show invitations (with illustrations like the above, creating around 1200, one-of-a-kind pieces), and directing the designer’s autumn-winter window displays for his flagship boutique. Expect a truly beautiful feed.

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@pacorabanne / Social media is significant for a fashion brand – and the appearance is even more important. Paco Rabanne’s management knows that, and that’s why their Instagram is so appealing. Filled with Coco Capitán’s moody, backstage snaps of  models (Heather Kemesky pictured above), Rabanne’s feed precisely reflects Julien Dossena’s contemporary aesthetic.

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@adwoaaboah / Badass model and founder of Gurls Talk. Represented by The Lions and Tess Management, Adwoa defines the IT-girl in 2016. She’s a bold personality, who’s aware of global matters, and women’s empowerment. Also, Aboah is the latest cover girl of i-D ‘Female Gaze’ issue, photographed by Inez & Vinoodh. No chance that you’re NOT following her.

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@agnesvita / Her latest editorial for W Mag is an energy splash. No wonder why – Agnes Lloyd-Platt “focuses on colour and positivity on every spectrum“, as she tends to say, looking forward to diversity in her work. The London-based photographer had her first, big spotlight in fashion world… so just wait to see her signature photography around every corner soon.

AND, if you want to follow one more account on Instagram… why don’t you follow, ta-da, @designandculturebyed?