"Istanbul is like a handbag," contrasts and contradictions harmonize here for hundreds of years and make the pulsating city special. The only metropolis that is located on two continents, is tradition and innovation, love and hate, East and West but especially the day before yesterday and the day after tomorrow.
''Nerelisin hemsehrim?'', In Turkey, this question is certainly much more often asked than the name. In Turkish culture, it is typical to demand from which city one originally comes from, yet it is not atypical to be asked for the second time if one is prompted to say that he is from Istanbul. Even if one is born in Istanbul and also when the family lives there for generations.
One wonders very often who the real citizen of Istanbul probably is. Does he even still exists? Who is the real one from Istanbul who lives in a city whose foundations are already have been placed in the 7th Century BC? The collection seeks an answer to the highly controversial issue and for this we walk purposefully through the special quarters of Istanbul.
Each outfit has been inspired of one quarter of Istanbul and also reflects its character and people.
Design & Concept: Esra Altintop
Photographer: Patrick Styrnol
Model: Christiane Adomat
Makeup: Arthur Auigner