See ERDEM's Regal Spring 2018 Collection

See ERDEM's Regal Spring 2018 Collection

The designer based his Spring collection on the meeting between Queen Elizabeth II and Duke Ellington in 1957, creating a collection that paid homage to the time period without feeling dated.

The designer based his Spring collection on the meeting between Queen Elizabeth II and Duke Ellington in 1957, creating a collection that paid homage to the time period without feeling dated.

Text: Christina Cacouris

While florals for spring may not seemĀ groundbreaking, ERDEM's Spring 2018 collection gave a delicate floral motif without seeming dated or trite. The collection put forth a series of richly toned greens, purples, and reds. Using a photo of Queen Elizabeth II's meeting with Duke Ellington in 1957 as inspiration, the designer mused: "What if the Queen kind of went to New York, and what if Dorothy Dandridge ended up in Buckingham Palace? It was this weird kind of switching roles."

The resultant collection features silhouettes and looks that could have been worn at The Cotton Club, and yet are still modern enough to avoid appearing costumeish. A particular standout is a buttery yellow sheer dress cinched at the waist with a silk lavender belt, and tied together with a pop of color with bright red shoes. And the rest of the collection isn't held to typical spring standards; several looks are much darker and less traditionally spring-like: a refreshing take.

Click through the slideshow below to see the collection in full.

Erdem London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2018 London September 2017
Credits: ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF ERDEM

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