|Atil Kutoglu Fall 2007
Where do I begin with this one? Well, for one thing, it had my favorite model in the show: Omahyra, who began by wearing a brilliant electric blue zip-accessorized leather skirt, black wool/silk turtleneck.
The fabrics were brilliant, the craftsmanship was flawless and I wanted pretty much each and every piece. Show favorites included the electric blue leather trench, the metallic burgundy crushed leather draped dress, the deep mauve draped-back silk velvet dress (and I hate velvet) and the Metallic silver Ottoman brocade short jacket and trousers with grey jersey top.
The influence of Orient is always present in Atil Kutoglu´s collections. His favourite materials are leather, organza, mousseline, velvet and lustrous materials. Kutoglu remains faithful to his oriental roots and his creations often transport women to a mystical world.
Born in Istanbul in 1968, Atil Kutoglu graduated from the German Lycée in Istanbul and came to Vienna to study business administration. When still at school in Istanbul he was already freelancing for the country’s leading fashion companies: Vakko and Beymen. In 1991 Atil Kutoglu completed his business studies at the University of Vienna and presented his first collection with the help of a grant from the Mayor of Vienna, Dr. Helmut Zilk. At the 1993 Munich Fashion Week he was awarded the City of Munich prize as the best newcomer. This was followed in 1994 by the "DIVA-Woolmark" prize for the best Austrian fashion designer, awarded by the International Wool Secretariat and Austria’s DIVA fashion magazine.
In March 2005, Kutoglu was ranked 238 in the annual “1000 Most Important Persons in Austria”-list of the renown politics-weekly NEWS magazine of Austria, leaving many prominent politicians and celebrities of the country behind himself. In the list with Austria´s President Heinz Fischer being 1. and Prime Minister Wolfgang Schüssel 3, Kutoglu was described as a “world-class international fashion designer.”
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