Dumitrascu Kaftan Turkish CouturePrice: $1,110
A long, dramatic piece, full of hand painted details and pleating. A humorous reference to Victorian era ruffles, in the body of a non-traditional Turkish caftan. So wild, but polished, which makes it work.
Andra Dumitrascu (DE) has seen and done it all when it comes to this world—designer, shop owner, curator, entrepreneur. And she's rejected a lot of it. Her real-world experience with market directions and interaction with clients and designers, has allowed focus on her true inspirations. This collection is about the social (life, attitude, style) meeting the formal (technique, textile, tailoring), and the potential behind its post-modern pastiche. The one constant, connective thread is the irreverent spirit that informs clothing as performance, tracing back through couture history. But it's emphatically here and now and full of life.