Step inside Dilara Findikoglu’s female utopia for AW18

Bo$$ Woman.

[T]he female gaze is loud, proud and very much at the heart of London Fashion Week this season. Marques’ Almeida’s show yesterday was a love letter to girls everywhere; Ashish celebrated the humble market trader (in her disco finery and holding 5p carrier bags); Roberta Einer redefined the Working Girl wardrobe in 2018. Elsewhere, amidst the bustle of the stereotypical boys club in the City of London, fashion’s rising star and CSM graduate Dilara Findikoglu created the ultimate female utopia.

Dark glamour, new wave rebellion and statement devil reds were all at play, but the message seemed more evolved and focused this season, imbued with politics and challenging patriarchy in an age of Trumps and Weinsteins. According to her show notes – titled “The Dilaratopia Manifesto” – “Our Guardians who roam the boarders of Dilaratopia, impervious to men, will no longer accept the structures that suppress their innate power. Our Hypnotic sisters will command your gaze.”

Statement tailoring and alt-androgyny were key players, with a strong mix of traditional pinstripe jackets, hyper-embellished corsetry and bold blue velvet suiting (L-O-V-E). Elsewhere, couture occult-stylings and ethereal evening wear provided a peaceful romanticism. A strong, salacious collection imbued with Dilara’s feminist dare-to-be-dark vision. We’ll have it all…