Mercedes-Benz Focus: Nihan Peker

The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Istanbul entrant presents her new collection inspired by minimalist architecture

In a city shaped by its architectural diversity, womenswear designer Nihan Peker dedicated her collection to the minimalist design philosophy of architect Miles van der Rohe. Working under the title 'Rohe's Walk', her garments were constructed with a inherent strictness. Often forming clean and linear silhouettes that featured subtle cut-out details, illusions and transparency. Intricate marble prints, taken from the walls of Rohe's buildings, were infused into the collection, featuring on wide-cut trousers, full-length dresses and cropped tops. Providing an aesthetic synthesis between stark minimalism and the highly detailed.

“I get my inspiration from different corners of the city,” Peker told us in her studio, which is situated across from another architectural monument, the Teşvikiye Mosque. “We have many different cultures in our country and our city. It means a lot for me as a designer.” This season she continued to work with unconventional materials such as wood, something that has featured heavily in previous collections.  “I love the texture,” she explains. “It is not something that we can wear, but when when used in details and when kept simple, like in the bags, it becomes so interesting for me.” Despite the collections dedication to modernism, Peker still works regularly with traditional techniques, using a local dye house to create unique colours for her designs.

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